1997 Parker NiteFly

White Finish
DiMarzio H/S/S pickups
Piezo Fishman Bridge pickup
Made in USA

1997 Parker Nitefly... this guitar is a really amazing instrument. I'm very familiar with it - I bought it new in '98. And I have used it in stage and studio from then until last year. It has remained in excellent condition.

This Parker Nitefly features custom-designed DiMarzio pickups in a humbucker/single/single configuration, complemented with a passive Fishman piezo transducer system mounted in the bridge. The magnetic and piezo signals can be tapped separately at the stereo output jack. It is the older version, and does not have the newer switch that allows both piezo and mag signals to be accessed with a mono cable. A stereo cable is included with the purchase of this guitar.

I think the body is a single piece of select maple. The neck is basswood, sheathed in a thin layer of carbon and glass fiber and features a carbon/glass fiber fretboard. Twenty-two jumbo stainless steel frets are precision-mounted to the very durable fretboard.

And now, to describle the tone and playability of this guitar. My friend and I, who each purchased a white Parker Nitefly from the same dealer in a two-fer deal, both describe this instrument as a Surgical Tool. This guitar just feels as though everything is in perfect position, and that nothing will ever change, wear out, shift or break. The first thing you'll notice is the neck/fretboard, which has a rock-solid feel but is also very responsive. Then, you'll probably want to try the tremolo... and you'll find that you can bend the thing all the way down to a point where the strings are completely slack, bring it back, and find that the guitar is still perfectly in tune. Sperzel locking tuners help with this, but the cast-aluminum and stainless steel floating bridge design is a very functional piece of precision engineering.

Condition is excellent... no scratches, no major dings. There's a small patch of little dings on the back, right by the neck bolts. Very minor. Includes original gig bag, hex wrench tool, and original tremolo bar, on which I did some surgery. I thought that the bar was getting loose in the bridge hole, so I tried to rough it up with a file. Then I put a small bend in it. Then I looked at the guitar and realized there was a small set screw that allows you to tighten up the tremolo bar. Then I felt silly for not having noticed that. Then I took the foam rubber handle off the tremolo bar, put it on the other end and reshaped the bar, giving me a nice, fresh straight end to put in the bridge. Works great, and is not noticable cosmetically. You could always order a new trem bar if you wanted to.

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