Parker Guitars P-38

P-38, Other Shape Guitar from Parker Guitars in the P series.

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blackdogxx 05/02/2016

Parker Guitars P-38 : blackdogxx's user review

« Excellent value used; versatile, light, comfortable, Korea-built quality. »

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Value For Money : Excellent Audience: Advanced Users
Parker P38 in red transparent; into a '73 Fender Princeton Reverb. So I am going for very clean tones (Tele, Strat, etc.) in a smaller amp. This guitar is a good match and in like new shape with new padded gig bag and already set up for $350 ? I'm happy.
I write songs in different genres and can play old rock and roll, classical, blues, country mostly. This guitar is not a Strat and the pickups are not Strat, but if you wanted a set, they would fit. The humbucker at the bridge could be replaced and coil-tapped with a Pearly Gates or similar to get a lot of overdriven sounds (ZZ Top) with an OD pedal.

These are flawlessly made and designed much like a 'real' Parker. For a person who likes thin, flat, light body and very comfy neck feel.... this is a good choice. Fishman acoustic (piezo) bridge on demand alone or mixed with the pickups is very nice.

The feel and workmanship are top notch and it also looks fine and plays very well with .010-.046 or .009-.042 gauge. You may need to let a bit of neck relief for light gauge and a luthier can fine adjust the nut slots (not an amateur job) for comfort. This guitar well under $400 with nice case and in perfect shape is hard to beat. It is versatile, plays easily, and is solid. It's not a guitar to bang around and is not for metal and thrash players. It's a fairly refined guitar more like a good Schecter Classic or a Gibson ES339. Not delicate, but not a thick and 'bullet proof' guitar physically.

I have owned and sold many dozens of guitars over 20 years and this is one of maybe a dozen best values. Tokai Springy Sound Strat, a Bill Crook Telecaster, a Schecter C1 Elite, and a nice SG from Austin are my favorites. There are good guitars that never took off in the market (Austins from Korea were some) that offer excellent value. This 'odd shaped' Parker P38 is another one.