ok, i've been GASing for a parker since i can remember although i've never played one
the concept, aesthetics and features of these things are simply nuts! the only reason i still don't own one is that i've never really got to play one other than for a few minutes at musikmesse '07 (without an amp), and i've never come across a store that carries them
anyway, i've decided i'm taking the risk of buying one without really knowing what to expect, and return/resell it in case i'm not happy with it.
i've noticed there are quite a few different models available, and i've narrowed it down to the classic & mojo models.
i've got a few questions though:
what's with redesign that somewhen took place? it looks like they changed the knob configuration as well as the trem wheel. is there also a difference in construction/sound
why is the fly mojo about 30% more expensive than the fly classic? if i'm not mistaken, they're virtually identical except the mahogany vs basswood neck as well as dimarzio vs seymour duncan pickups, right?
i've gone through the parker forum, but i haven't been able to find comments on how the fly & mojo differ sound and play-wise, as well as regarding quality differences before/after the 're-design'
i appreciate any info you guys can give me on this!
My understanding is that they went from printed circuit boards with surface-mounted pots and lots of ribbon cables connecting all the bits and pieces to a more conventional layout with regular wires, because they were having to deal with lots of warranty repairs for broken ribbon cables.
At the same time, they also removed the trem balance wheel behind the bridge. The wheel was great when users knew what it was for, but in most music stores, the guitars would get knocked out of tune (and out of intonation) by people randomly twirling the knob. So it was a great feature for the end user that was removed to facilitate easier sales.
I have no idea why the Mojos are so expensive. They really shouldn't be that much more than a Classic.
I had a Classic and i loved it. But i wasn't playing it much at all after switching to sevens, and i sold it to fund my JP7 purchase.