Description: "My second Parker Fly, which I bought used in 2009 for the purpose of installing a Sustainiac driver in the neck position. My days of using an EBow came to a screeching (yet sustained!) halt when I got this up and running."
Notes: modified; replaced original Dimarzio "Gen 2" neck pickup with Sustainiac driver (neck) with added on/off toggle switch and harmonic mode three-way toggle switch. Sustainiac "drive" level mapped to knob that formerly controlled piezo volume; now operates a 25k pot. Magnetic pickup/piezo pickup selector switch removed and replaced with a momentary killswitch. Original stock pickups remain: Dimarzio #PHWP2 "Gen 2" pickup (bridge), Fishman piezo (preamp removed).Replaced low E string tuner with Sperzel D Thing drop-D tuner
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings in balanced-bridge mode.
Finish: Ice Blue Sun Burst
Instrument Name: Viceroy
Description: "A third Parker Fly?! I love my 2005 Fly Mojo and I also love the Sustainiac driver I had installed in my 2007 Fly Deluxe, so, why not get the best of both and modify a Fly Mojo with a Sustainiac? I bought this 2008 Fly Mojo used in 2012."Serial Number: P0803218
Notes: modified; original Seymour Duncan Jazz pickup (neck) replaced with a Sustainiac driver with added on/off toggle switch and harmonic mode three-way toggle switch. Added a mini 25k pot and knob to control the Sustainiac "drive". Both stock pickup selector and magnetic/piezo selectors were replaced with Electroswitch toggles. Original stock pickups remain: Seymour Duncan JB pickup (bridge), and Fishman piezo in bridge. All controls are mapped according to the original configuration.
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge flatwound strings in fixed-bridge mode with spring in third t-bar position.
Finish: Trans Blue Burst with Quilted Maple
Instrument Name: Venom
Description: "Later known as the Fly Bronze, this Fly model is somewhat of a unicorn in terms of rarity, but I was fortunate enough to find this one in great condition on the used market in 2017. What an innovative design: it plays like my other Parker Fly guitars (same neck profile, same body shape, etc.), sounds like a mic'ed acoustic, and weighs almost nothing."
Notes: all original; stock Fishman Piezo in bridge.
Current Setup: D'Addario .011 gauge bronze strings.
Finish: Cedar (Natural)
Instrument Name: Vapor
Description: "My fourth Parker Fly; the Fly Classic. I bought this guitar used in 2017. Terrific guitar that, I feel, sounds somewhere in between the Fly Mojo and the Fly Deluxe.Serial Number: 343023BMH
Notes: all original; Dimarzio #PHWP1 and #PHWP2 pickups installed (neck and bridge) and original Fishman piezo in bridge. All controls are mapped according to the original configuration.
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings in floating-bridge mode.
Finish: Natural Mahogany (front), Root Beer (back)
Instrument Name: Vex
Description: "A so-called pre-refined Fly Deluxe from 1997; I bought this used in 2018. It was in less-than-stellar condition within dings, chips, and scratches , but I bought it for the purpose of restoring it to some degree. I received it with the original "Gen 1" DiMarzio stock pickups installed."Serial Number: 099117BP
Notes: all original; "Gen 1" DiMarzio stock pickups; stock Fishman Piezo in bridge.
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings.
Finish: Dusty Black
Instrument Name: Viper
Description: "The Fly Artist is like the Fly Concert with magnetic pickups. I purchased this particular guitar second-hand in 2018; it was originally ordered from the Parker Custom Shop with chrome hardware, a natural matte finish front, and a matte emerald green back; a color scheme influenced by the so-called "Norse Fly". Super thin neck profile and a joy to play.Serial Number: P1011009
Notes: Parker Guitars Custom shop/modified; "Gen 2" Dimarzio pickups. All controls are mapped according to the original configuration.
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings in floating-bridge mode.
Finish: Natural Sitka Spruce matte (front), Emerald Green matte (back)
Instrument Name: Valkyrie
Description: "Seriously?! Yes! This bass was made during the few month period when Ken Parker was still in charge of Parker Guitars before they were redesigned by U.S. Music Corp. How does it play? Great! How does it sound? Great! It's a dream in my studio, which is primarily where I use it."Serial Number: 0303122
Notes: all original; DiMarzio stock pickups; stock Fishman Piezo in bridge.
Current Setup: Fodera 45-105 nickel strings.
Instrument Name: Vamp
Description: "I was given this Strat in 2000 as a high school graduation gift from a friend who had picked it up in a pawn shop. Neck says Crafted in Japan on the back. This was my go-to guitar before I got into Parker Fly guitars. I've replaced the original stock pickups several times through the years (as one does with a Strat!). Though I appreciate the 'reissue' look of the original tuners, I replaced them with Sperzel locking tuners."Serial Number: A029121
Notes: modified; original pickups replaced with a Sustainiac driver (Neck), added sustain on/off and harmonic mode three-way switches, SD Little '59 (Middle), SD JB Jr. (Bridge) and black pickguard from "white". Original tuners replaced with Sperzel locking tuners.
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings with five bridge springs
Description: "My very first electric guitar that received new as a kid for Christmas in 1995! This "Made in Korea" Fender Squier came bundled with a 15-watt Champ-G amp (thought to be as part of an SE-100 "Strat Pack"), which I blew one day by playing along too loudly to Weezer's "blue album" ("Say It Ain't So"). I used this guitar (in my first band "Sunflowers" !) until 2000 when I got another Strat. The body is made of plywood (yup!) and, today, is the only original component left in the guitar other than the tremolo system. I was obsessed with Wayne's World at the time ("party time"), and I referred to this guitar as "Excalibur" given its similarities to Wayne's Strat in the movie (my guitar used to be much whiter than it is now); I used the slightly edgier "Excaliber" spelling—those kinds of details are important when you're 13 years old. In 2017, I began modding the hell out of it."
Serial Number: VN579443
Notes: modified; Warmoth Wizard Maple Neck with Indian Rosewood Fretboard. SD Cool Rails pickup (Neck), SD Hot Rails Middle, SD Hot Rails (Bridge). New wiring, jack, pots, knobs, selector switch, saddles. Sperzel locking tuners and Sperzel "D-Thing".
Finish: Arctic White
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings with three bridge springs
Instrument Name: Excaliber
Description: "Purchased used in 2017 for a project that required an authentic Telecaster. Such an iconic sound (and look and feel). Shown here prior to some modest modifications."Serial Number: 30118
Neck stamped 12/24/97 assembled 1998.
Notes: modified; Original tuners replaced with Sperzel locking tuners.
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings
Description: "I bought this guitar in 2016 to address the difficulty of mic'ing a nylon string guitar in a noisy, live environment. I liked it so much that I've used it many times in recording situations in place of mic'ing a traditional nylon string guitar."Serial Number: 15152158
Notes: all original.
Current Setup: La Bella 500P Recording Concert strings.
Description: "This was my first better-quality nylon string guitar, which I bought in 2003 when I was in college. It's a decent classical guitar that I happily used live and in my studio for many years. Now, I use it primarily for composing and live performances where amplification isn't necessary."Serial Number: 44010040
Notes: all original; 500 rosewood back and sides, ebony fingerboard, solid cedar top.
Current Setup: La Bella Medium-hard tension strings.
Description: "I bought this guitar new in 2010 for live performances with Second Contact and have used it live through the pickup and mic'ed in the studio. It's an all-around good-sounding guitar through both the internal pickup and mic'ed."Serial Number: 8031428
Notes: modified; Model No. EG523SC. Replaced nut, and installed a custom "bridge doctor". (Shown with a highly-coveted non-OEM after-market owl sticker on the headstock.)
Current Setup: D'Addario .011 gauge strings.
Description: "In 2010, when I was first asked to join the 70s and 80s rock collective Second Contact , I bought two identical AX-7 keyboards (a.k.a keytars) because...why not?! Is it the ideal instrument for playing difficult and sophisticated keyboard parts in a live performance? No! Am I capable of playing difficult and sophisticated keyboard parts in a live performance? Also no!! Are all eyes on this simultaneously futuristic and retro instrument when I play the keyboard lick to Xanadu? You know it! Play one-handed keyboard parts in an unusually inefficient but fabulously ostentatious way with a Roland AX-7! I even did this Q&A interview with my publisher about my keytarist experiences!Serial Numbers: ZP51005 & ZU17934
Notes: all original.