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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i played one about 10 years ago, before i knew how to play very well at all.
and when i went to school this guy bought a parker fly that was in shambles.
it was literally just the carbon body and neck, no fingerboard, or anything.
it weighed like 2 pounds or something crazy.
i think he ended up selling it on ebay for like 10X what he bought it for.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol at ultra's post.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Parkers in theory. The upper horn nails me in the sternum (strats do that, too). But I like the idea, and it doesn't hurt that they actually sound great and play very well.

There's a lot of room to experiment with alternate materials. I imagine being able to make a guitar in 1 piece out of carbon fiber and graphite that's basically indestructible and <5lbs. Add stainless steel frets and you start to move towards a maintenance-free guitar.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

there is no such thing as a maintence free guitar.
or at least i hope not.
the whole idea of a certain guitar being able to "play well"
boggles the crap out of me just for the pure fact that its all about the setup.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mean maintenance-free in the sense that the set up won't change with temp and humidity. The frets won't wear and neck/body damage will be far less likely. I think it's possible to make an instrument with modern materials that never requires major maintenance.

"Play well" in the sense that the instrument doesn't have to be designed around wood's shortcomings. The neck shape can be optimized without regard for strength.
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