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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Parker Fly - Axel Rudich Custom S2






















This Parker FLY S2 was a custom mod by the late great Axel Rudich, the following paragraph is an email from the person who had Axel make it:

My guitar has just arrived from Axel! He did a beautiful job and it really sounds incredible. I think I can literally say that I have the only fly in the world with lipstick tube pickups. Axel said this was the scond most crazy guitar design he has worked on next to the Belew Fly!

It is all point to point handwired. I had him change what the knobs do as well. Now they are Mag volume, mag tone, piezo volume, piezo tone. Each of those 4 knobs is a push pull. First one puts the neck and mid PU in series. Second one reverses the phase of the middle PU. Third one puts the bridge PU on. Fourth one UNSPLITS the bridge PU making it a humbucker (with no knobs pulled the 5-way works just like a strat!)

You can imagine the tonal possibilities with all of the push pulls and the 5-way switch...and of course the piezos! Truly a magnificent guitar and very fun to see an idea that I had but was unable to do myself come to fruition thru the hands of a master.

Thanks Axel!

Some specs on the S2 below:


Pickups:

The Lipstick pickups were made by GFS (Guitar Fetish). Axel talked with them about their construction and we decided to install those over the SD's.

Neck: GFS lipstick tube 4.9k
Middle: GFS lipstick tube 6.0k reverse wound/polarity
Bridge: GFS lipstick tube humbucker 12.0k

Here is a list of the pickup switching options (not counting the piezos):

Parker Fly Switching Options with 5-way switch and 4 push-pull pots:

Position 1:

1) neck
2) neck parallel with bridge humbucker
3) neck parallel with bridge split

Position 2:

1) neck parallel with middle
2) neck parallel with middle out of phase
3) neck series with middle
4) neck series with middle out of phase
5) neck parallel with middle parallel with bridge humbucker
6) neck parallel with middle out of phase parallel with bridge humbucker
7) neck series with middle parallel with bridge humbucker
8) neck series with middle out of phase parallel with bridge humbucker
9) neck parallel with middle parallel with bridge split
10) neck parallel with middle out of phase parallel with bridge split
11) neck series with middle parallel with bridge split
12) neck series with middle out of phase parallel with bridge split

Position 3:

1) middle
2) middle parallel with bridge humbucker
3) middle parallel with bridge split
4) middle parallel with bridge humbucker out of phase
5) middle parallel with bridge split out of phase

Position 4:

1) middle parallel with bridge humbucker
2) middle parallel with bridge split
3) middle parallel with bridge humbucker out of phase
4) middle parallel with bridge split out of phase

Position 5:

1) bridge humbucker
2) bridge split

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