Any guitar companies a spiritual successor to Parker?

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  1. jco5055

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    I unfortunately never got to play a Parker, as when they folded I did not have the $$ nor access to higher end stores that might have carried them, but I use to ogle them in the catalogs/websites of Musician's Friend/Guitar Center etc.

    Are there any companies continuing their legacy in a sense? I know I've heard some suggest both Strandberg (just for the ergo/lightweight aspect, though obviously they're closer to Steinberger), EBMM for the electronics, and Aristides for the non-wood materials, but there doesn't really seem to be one that stands out like Steinberger-Strandberg does.
     
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    I love(d) Parker guitars, but the thinner necks unfortunately have not worked for me as I've gotten older. I don't think any singular company is really carrying that torch (as you've outlined quite well). Ken Parker's archtop work has been equally revolutionary, but in that world (and where you need $30k to get in the door), but no one company comes to mind in the electric world. If I had to pick one, I'd probably go with Aristides for their embrace of non-traditional materials, but their guitars (IMO) aren't as groundbreaking as what Parker did in the 90s.
     
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    steinberger isn't that lightweight/also different materials, only common thing is the lack of a hedstock...
    maybe vigier? they use(d) carbon necks...
     
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    The only ones even vaguely close would be like emerald or some other carbon fiber centric builder (marconi, composite acoustics, xox audio tools, weapon guitars). And none of those really hit all the features that Parkers had.
     
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    it's a shame US Music couldn't do anything with Parker
     
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    To Ken’s credit, he sold out when the time was right.

    I agree with the consensus here, I cannot think of a single brand that is incorporating:
    -Alternative materials
    -MIDI/Synth/ Piezo Switching on board
    -Proprietary Tremolo

    I always wanted one. Loved seeing Amir Derakh (Orgy), Adam D and Adrian Belew (King Crimson) with their ads. About as light and comfortable as an Ibanez S series, if I could compare my limited play with a proper USA Parker.

    Simple maintenance like changing pickups, on the other hand, seemed like a nightmare.
     
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    That Adrian Belew model with piezo pickups coupled to midi synth 13-pin (some had 5-pin too) coupled to the Line 6 Variax modelling thing was awesome.
     
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    :agreed:

    You can find most of what made Parker functionally "special" in the ultra-bespoke realm, but I don't think any production or regular shop has really picked up the Parker torch.

    I think Oni gets fairly close, but I don't think Dan is doing CF builds anymore.
     
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    Don't even use the phrase CF around Dan anymore.
     
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    I just saw your post in the Facebook group. PM’d. As others have said, none of the current choices check all the Parker boxes:

    -Strandberg does the featherweight thing, and their neck-thrus come close to the Fly’s fret access. No piezo options currently, though there’s room to mount an aftermarket Roland GK3 on many of the non-trem models.

    -MarconiLab will build you a featherweight guitar with piezo/synth capabilities.

    -Aristides and Vigier’s guitars weigh a minimum of 7lbs, but their quality is second to none. Vigier has no piezo options, whereas Aristides will seemingly work with you on anything within reason.

    -The EBMM Majesty checks all the boxes except for weight and carbon fiber.

    Rubato and Fibertone build CF guitars to order. The former does solidbodies and the latter does archtops.

    I wouldn’t consider CF Steinbergers a contender; as they’re as pricey as Parkers in the resale market. I have no firsthand experience with some of the other brands being mentioned.
     
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    Oh man, I wanted one of these so bad after seeing Synyster Gates play one many years ago. Maybe one day!

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    I am quite surprised that everyone forgets the absolutely most obvious company...

    If, in the spirit of Parker, you are looking for groundbreaking innovations and materials, look no further:

    https://www.etherialguitars.com/
     
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    I thought that was obvious in this forum.
     
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    Strangely enough one of the Aristidies I've owned (a 070SR) was under 7lbs, I weighed it and it was barely 6.
     
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