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Parker Fly Deluxe
Bellamy at Glastonbury 2000 playing the Fly
Fly Deluxe
Manufacturer Parker Guitars
Used 1999-??-?? - 2000-??-??
Body type Soild
Neck joint Set
Body covering Polyurethane lacquer
Wood Body: Poplar
Neck: Basswood
Fingerboard: Carbon-Glass-Epoxy
Bridge Parker vibrato bridge
Electronics One volume, One tone w/ push-pull coil tap, Piezo volume, 3-way toggle pickup selector
Special circuits Roland GK2 Midi pickup internal kit


The Parker Fly guitar was a range of guitars produced by Parker between 1993 and 2016. The guitar was designed by Ken Parker and Larry Fishman. The guitar is unique among other guitars in that it uses composite materials, and is known for it's light weight, thin neck and strong resonance. It's one of the first electric guitars to combine magnetic pickups and piezoelectric pickups.

Due to it's thin neck joint, Ken Parker wanted to strengthen the guitar by adding an exoskeleton. The first prototype of the Fly was built with a hardwood exoskeleton but the results Parker wanted were not satisfactory. Instead, he was inspired by his friend who is also a boat manufacturer to built an exoskeleton out of a composite carbon fibre/glass/epoxy material. A thin layer (thinner than the paint finish) was laid around the back of the body and the neck aswell as the fretboard to provide added rigidity, strength and added resonance.

Electronic-wise, most versions of the Parker Fly featured a set of two DiMarzio humbuckers and a piezoelectric pickups. Hardware-wise, the guitars featured a custom cast Parker vibrato bridge and Sperzel locking tuners.

Notable Fly users include The Edge (U2), Brian May (Queen), Pete Townshend (The Who), Lou Reed, David Bowie, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), David Lynch and more.

The Parker Fly Deluxe was used by Matt between 1999 and 2000 for Showbiz touring. After it's live retirement, it has been used in 2003 during the recording of Absotluion, for the solo on the album version of Thoughts of a Dying Atheist, as it had a floating tremolo.

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