It’s pretty rare to see a guitar that varies greatly from the traditional Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, or Gibson SG designs. Though those guitars were designed over fifty years ago, their body styles still dominate the electric guitar market. So, it’s safe to say that any guitar that deviates from these designs deserves credit for originality. Few guitars are as original as Ken Parker’s Fly design.
The Parker Fly originally came to the market in the early 90s when Ken Parker desired to deviate from tradition. The Parker Fly is a thin, lightweight guitar that is usually made from a lighter body wood such as spruce, basswood, mahogany, or poplar. In order to increase the Fly’s strength and durability Parker uses composite materials such as resin and carbon glass to reinforce the relatively thin carved body and neck. The fingerboard, similarly, uses composite materials along with stainless steel frets as opposed to wood fingerboards with nickel-brass frets.
The electronics are also easily distinguished from traditional electric guitars in the use of coil-tapped humbuckers with piezo pickups and active electronics, which give the Fly a wide variety of both electric and acoustic tones. It also has an ergonomic body design that, coupled with the guitar’s light weight, makes the instrument incredibly easy to play for extended periods of time. It also has a lockable, adjustable bridge that can be fitted for bend-down only, locked, or fully floating.
Parker Fly endorsers include Adrian Belew, Vernon Reid, and Phil Keaggy. Popular Parker Fly models include the Fly Mojo, Fly Deluxe, Fly Classic, and Nitefly Swamp Ash.