A former boss said something interesting to me the other day during a visit to a local music store, “You have a way of finding a diamond in the rough.” Well perhaps, and in this case it once again fed my G.A.S “Guitar acquisition syndrome”.
A lovely specimen, a Parker PM20 Pro, all mahogany, flame maple top, abalone bound body, beautiful 12 fret inlay, sperzel locking keys on a 3+3 headstock (rather than the standard Parker headstock which is cool) with a double cut body but not a LP style, topped of with a Seymour Duncan JB and Jazz pick-ups. These guitars retailed for roughly $1200 when they came out and even at that price it was considered to be very reasonable for the quality of the build.
From the moment I plugged in this NOS guitar I knew it was coming home with me. It just screams with tone and feels like a very expensive, crafted guitar. Both pick-ups suited to their respective positions, a coil tap/tone pot for each and a three way switch all tied together with quality pots, switch and output jack. I ended up taking her home for less than a ¼ of the price with a Parker padded gig bag.
I smiled and chuckled all the way home.
G.A.S. for me is inspiration! With every new guitar comes a flood of new tunes and riffs. I can always count on a new-to-me guitar to open the flood gates of creativity.
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