To me, Parkers were always like custom shop Gibsons, high end PRS', etc. Nice guitars for sure, but not on my radar since I already own my share of pricey guitars. The Parker in question isn't one of their $2000+ guitars. This one lists at about a grand, but I got it delivered to my door for $350 (Thank you to the thoughtful soul that posted it in the great deals thread last month).
So what do you get for $350?
- Carved mahogany body with a maple veneer. It's hard to believe that this guitar is so light and comfortable. My wife thought I bought an empty gig bag when she opened the box for me. But no mass = no sustain, right? No, it sustains like any great guitar. Acoustically, it's as loud or louder, than anything else I own. The pic is a stock photo, the top on mine is nicer and belongs on a much more expensive guitar.
- Duncan USM pups. I assumed I would just change these out, like I did on another guitar equiped with these. For some reason, they work perfectly on this guitar. I've gigged it three times and love how it sounds. Even the split option is pleasing to my ear.
- Locking tuners(!) and a maple neck with an ebony(!) fretboard. Crazy, right?
- A tremelo that stays in tune. It's also designed well - very comfortable with no sharp or pointy parts.
- It even came with a great gig bag.
- It came set up just fine, with nice low action. No buzzes. All I did was change the pup height a bit to suit my taste.
Negatives? The only thing I can think of is the string "tension". The first time I played this guitar, I thought the strings felt a bit heavier than the .10's I use on everything I play. I checked the specs and even called Parker to verify - these are strung with 9's. My main guitars all have 25.5 scale length like this Parker, but for some reason they feel a bit heavier. Weird.
I've showed it to about a dozen musicians. All have loved it and thought it was easily a $1000-1500 guitar.
I guess I have to mention this...if you have back problems, a Parker is a no-brainer. But it's not just a light guitar, it's a great guitar that's going to see a lot of play time.