[Source: Wikipedia] Dating Parker guitars (from Wayback Machine) On the Fly we use a six or seven digit serial number.All guitars made before 2003 will have the six digit code.This guitar plays incredibly well with full rich tones from blues and jazz to rock, heavy metal and experimental music.It comes with a Hiscox flight case, original Parker Fly custom gig bag, whammy bar, stereo Y-cable (to use on-board piezo pickups) and Montana strap.Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! Contrasts between his guitars and others include : 2003 was the last year of the original Flys, with the balance wheel on the face of the guitar and the 4 knob setup. The Parker custom shop opened, at the Washburn factory, in 2005. Parker Guitars is an American manufacturer of electric guitars and basses, started by luthier Ken Parker in the early 90s. Beginning in a workshop in Rochester, New York Parker designed and crafted electric guitars without depending on the examples of traditional acoustic and electric guitar design.Parker Guitars was an American manufacturer of electric guitars and basses, started by luthier Ken Parker in 1993. As of November 2016, the brand was inactive after the factory in Illinois was closed. Music Corporation in 2003, which was itself sold to Jam Industries in August 2009.
The 5-strings were noted for their ease of use for 4-string players, both with respect to weight and string spacing. Music Corporation have serial numbers that begin with 092. In 2009 US Music was sold to Jam Industries, Ltd., a Canadian Musical Instrument distributor. Based on the Fly model, it features a refined headstock, allowing the guitar to be hung on a standard guitar wall hanger, a refined top horn, which is more ergonomically and traditionally shaped, standardized pickup cavities, 22 frets instead of 24 and a slightly thicker, heavier body.
The proprietary vibrato bridge uses a unique flat steel spring which returns the guitar to perfect pitch every time.
The vibrato has three settings; bend down only, full floating and locked.
Basses made by Washburn have serial numbers that begin with 092.
Soon after moving production to Illinois, the original, more stable multi-laminate neck construction was scrapped in favor of more cost-effective construction from a single piece of mahogany.