By Barry Cleveland Few instruments have broken the conventional molds of guitar design as thoroughly and successfully as the Parker Fly. Introduced in mid-1993, Ken Parker’s brainchild was so well received that although new models were added during the intervening decade, the Fly’s primary design and feature set remained largely unaltered. Nonetheless, on the occasion of the company’s tenth anniversary, Parker and his design team resolved to build an even better Fly—or at least one more finely tuned to the needs of present and potential Fly enthusiasts. To that end, they took stock of user and dealer feedback, consulted numerous newsgroups, and otherwise did their homework before implementing refinements that amount to a mini-overhaul of the line. To get a broad sampling of the updated instruments both in terms of cost and appointments, I examined three very differently priced models—the Fly Supreme ($5,798 retail/$4,599 street), Fly Mojo ($3,498 retail/$2,499 street), and Fly Deluxe ($2,998 retail/ $2,199 street)—and I also took a look at the more affordable NiteFly-M (see sidebar) to see how it factored into the equation.
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