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Parker Fly Mojo Guitar

I’m not sure the Parker Fly Mojo guitar is for everybody, but I’m damn sure I’ve never played anything quite like it. After an ever-too-brief visit with the Mojo, I was left with vivid impressions of a thoughtfully conceived instrument that combines aspects of solid-body electric and flattop acoustic tonalities with remarkable comfort and playability.

With its offset headstock, radical horned-body shape, upper-register access and distinctive amplified character, Ken Parker’s singular vision of a solid-body instrument incorporates a host of refinements in one instrument. Guitarists will be dumbstruck by the Fly’s unbelievable five-pound weight. The neck and body are sculpted from solid pieces of mahogany, and the neck is bound to the body with a special multifinger joint, which purportedly results in a stronger bond over a wider surface area for a more seamless transition between body and neck. And with the Mojo there was no sense of the neck bending or flopping about, as with the instrument it most reminded me of, the Gibson SG. Parker attributes the stability at this critical juncture to a thin layer of carbon and glass fibers impregnated with epoxy that covers the neck joint (which is also used to stabilize and strengthen the back of the body).

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