This has already been posted about on a few blogs, so I’m not pretending it’s a scoop or anything, but I feel like writing about it for the sake of completeness (the first place I saw it was at guitarnoize.com though), so I don’t get people emailing me saying “Petie, ya dumb-ass, how come you didn’t cover the Adrian Belew Parker? You’re a Bowie/Zappa/NIN geek, I thought you’d be all over this?”
The long-awaited Parker Adrian Belew signature model is finally available, and while I haven’t played one, even just looking at the specs I feel I can honestly say without hyperbole that this guitar is the greatest thing humankind has ever achieved.
Ok, maybe a little hyperbole.
Of course, a guitar this pimped out isn’t cheap. It’s $9,599 USD. If that hasn’t scared you off, you can buy one from Guitar Center by clicking here.
Here’s the press release. I’ve bolded the bits that blow my mind.
Parker Guitars announced today the addition of the Adrian Belew Signature Fly to their line of electric guitars. Designed from the ground up to the exacting standards of legendary guitarist Adrian Belew, the Adrian Belew Signature Fly is one of the most advanced and innovative guitars ever built.
The Adrian Belew Signature Fly features an exclusive Dimarzio bridge pickup along with a revolutionary Sustainiac Stealth PRO neck pickup which produces intense, predictable and infinite feedback sustain. With the Sustainiac, musicians can create amazing tones, from screaming feedback at any volume to upper harmonics using the unique harmonic mode control. Onboard Line 6 Variax Modeling Components allow guitarists to select from 25 preset sounds including classic acoustic and electric tones.
For even more versatility, the Adrian Belew Signature Fly features computer connectivity that allows artists to customize and create their own tones and custom tunings. Sound equalization is provided by six separate sensors within the RMC bridge saddle, which allows each string’s volume to be processed separately, giving the player unsurpassable tonal control.
“From his early work with Frank Zappa, David Bowie and King Crimson to working with Talking Heads and Nine Inch Nails, Adrian Belew has always been a pioneer who pushes the limits on what is possible with the electric guitar,” said Jody Dankberg, Director of Marketing and Artist Relations at Parker Guitars. “The Adrian Belew Signature Fly combines the easy playability and perfect fretboard of Parker Guitars with ‘out of this world,’ cutting-edge components to offer the most technologically advanced electric guitar available today.”
Exclusive Dimarzio bridge pickup
Revolutionary Sustainiac Stealth PRO neck pickup
Onboard Line 6 Variax Modeling Components with 25 instrument models
13 pin out
RMC Pow’r Bridge ‘PF” Saddles and RMC Poly
Drive 1 Preamp
Sperzel Trim lock Tuners
The Adrian Belew Signature fly is currently available at Parker retailers. To locate a parker retailer, please visit http://parkerguitars.com/code/dealer/dealer.asp