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|List Price: $1200. (street price
$900 - $1000)
Body: Solid, one-piece select maple.
Colors: See-through red, see-through blue, tobacco sunburst, white, and black.
Neck: The NiteFly's 22 jumbo frets are made of spring-temptered stainless steel and like the Fly Deluxe, are precision surface mounted to an extremely durable fingerboard made of high-modulus carbon and glass fiber.
Pickups: Custom designed DiMarzios in a humbucker/single/single array are mounted in the NiteFly's platic pickguard. A Fishman passive, piezo transducer system is mounted in the bridge.
Controls: Controls for the magnetic pickups include Volume, Tone and a five position selector switch. Additionally, a Volume control for the piezo transducers and selector for magnetic pickups, piezo transducers or both are also included.
Vibrato: The NiteFly's free floating stay-in-tune vibrato system utilizes a premium steel and high strength aluminum bridge.
Tuning Machines: Locking Sperzels.
Updates on the New Models!
Parker NiteFly exists in at least 4 different versions. Version 1 has three (3) single coil pickups along with the piezo pickup on the bridge. The version 2 is the same except one of the pickups (by the bridge) is a humbucker instead of a single coil.
Versions 3 and 4 are the updates to 1 and 2 respectively. Version 1 updates to version 3 and version 2 updates to version 4. So what's new about NiteFly version 3 and 4? The main differences is the circuitry for the two types of pickups. Formerly, you had to use the supplied sterio cable to get sound from both the magnetic pickups (mags) and the piezo electric pickups. This posed a burden on the guitar player as he couldn't just use any cord out there - he had to have his stereo cable.
Q: How can I tell if I have a version 1, 2, 3 or 4?
This is a very nice improvement. Thanks Parker Guitars!
Authors Comments on the NiteFly
|This is one of the baddest guitars ever made. It is no doubt the best guitar
made for less than $1000.
Its fretboard makes it easy to play and it is extremely durable. Its tremelo bar is incredible. It doesn't have a locking neck, yet when I whammy'ed the strings to the point where they were so loose that they didn't play - 3 times in a row, the guitar was still in tune! It was amazing.
Perhaps its greatest feature is its build-in piezo pickup system. With this you can instantly switch from a thrashing metal sound, to a clean, clear, crisp acoustic sound. If you weren't staring at the guitar, you would swear that you had actually switched guitars. To get this excellent separation, however it is best to have 2 dedicated amps; one for the magnetic pickups and an acoustic amp for the piezo's.
There are no dot inlays in the fretboard, but there are dots on the side. This can cause a little trouble to the uninitiated. That is the only drawback I see with this guitar; one that I can certainly live with.
The only thing that I don't like about this guitar is that I currently don't own one! But it will definitely be my next guitar.
Simply put, the NiteFly is one of the best guitars for the money on the market today. If you are conidering getting a new axe, then try this one out before you buy, otherwise don't try it out at all because you will only feel bad that you didn't buy the Parker.
Mail any comments or suggestions to Brian Dill
Article from Guitar Player Magazine
March 1997 Issue
|Parker's Nitefly ($1,349 with gig bag; $1299 for the three
single-coil verison), a less-expensive relative of the futuristic Fly Deluxe, offers
similar construction and performance with some important differences. Most obvious are the
NiteFly's bolt-on neck, triple-layer pickguard, and hum/sing/sing or sing/sing/sing
configuration DiMarzio pickups (the Fly Deluxe has a glued-in neck, dual humbuckers and no
pickguard). Like its older brother,
the NiteFly's basswood neck is sheathed in a thin layer of carbon and glass fiber and
features a cabon/glass fretboard. But the NiteFly sports 22 polished stainless steel frets
instead of the Deluxe's 24. Sperzel locking tuners help ensure tuning stability, and the
trussrod can be easily adjusted at the base of the neck.
The pickguard mounted controls include volume, tone and a rather stiff-feeling 5-position selector for the magnetic pickups, plus a single volume knob for the passive Fishman piezo saddle transducers (the Deluxe's active Fishman system adds a tone control). The cast-aluminum and stainless steel floating bridge uses a coil spring a la Stratocaster (the Deluxe has flat springs) and features and adjusstable stop screw in place of the Deluxe's step-stop switch and balance wheel. The stop screw and bridge-height adjustment screws are located under the surface-mounted rear cover plate.
|The NiteFly's two-piece, soft-maple body is noticeably
heavier than the Deluxe's - the Parkers weigh in at 6.75 lbs. and 5.5 lbs. respectively -
and its high-gloss, transparent-blue finish is free of all but the most minor buffing
scratches. The impeccably crafted neck looks and feels, like cast black glass.
The NiteFly is a super-smooth player thanks to its nearly ideal neck proportions, satiny
fretwork and low action. The trem feels sure and precise, and the guitar's responsiveness
begs your hands to strech out and, well, fly. The hybrid pickup combination is most
happening; the single-coils deliver crisp Strat-like flavors in positions 1 through 4,
while the bridge humbucker boots out the chunk you need for fat solos and crushing chords.
One of the main reasons for considering the Parker, of course, is its saddle transducers.
Like its costlier stablemate, the NiteFly lets you choose between magnetic or piezo
flavors or any combination of the two. The only catch is you have to use the included
stereo cable to access these sounds simultaneously (the Deluxe's active circuitry lets you
mix them through a standard guitar cord). Parker informs us that a box will soon be
available that interfaces between the guitar and amplifier and allows the mag and piezo
pickups to be mixed to mono.
This article is from the March 1997 issue of Guitar Player Magazine.
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