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I used my Line 6 Vetta on the tour. I love that amp, however, I'm getting very interested in the Vox Valvetronics amp. I used one of the Raspberries 'spare " Vox setup for a Tom Petty tribute gig I did with Paul Sidoti last year at the House of Blues Cleveland. I believe I used the Vox setup that Dave used for the early shows. Dave decided to use the Ashdown bass rig the rest of the tour. I gotta say, I liked the Vox Valvetronics a lot!!

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Wally influenced me greatly in the early years (to the point of me purchasing a Flying V & a Marshall half stack)and he did it again in Nov 04. Though I did't get in to the Parker guitar all that much, I REALLY liked the sound of the Vox Valvetronix he was using. Yup, went out & bought one. I've never had an amp I like as much as this one. The range of sounds that are available are incredible. Unfortunately they stopped making the model that the Berries use. The models that are still available look crappy & have maybe half of the features of the 1st production. Bummer.

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Re: Parker guitars - they sound fantastic and play great. I really liked the necks on the Parkers I've tried, and I usually go for bigger necks. My concern about having one is that they just seem so fragile and delicate - even an SG seems like a Les Paul, heft-wise, next to a Parker. There's so little wood there, that it seems like it would be really easy to break without half trying....which would be a shame, at the prices they charge!

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btw, i find it striking that there are so many musicians on the ec.com mssg boards, which makes it fun for us gearheads! i personally use a Lakland bass (& Hartke amp) - they are out of Chicago, & i can be spotted on their website at http://www.lakland.com/enth07AI.htm ; look for Kyle Etie on the page if you drop by! the bands i've been associated w/ as of late are power pop bands, hence my fandom related to all things Raspberries

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When we played Chicago a couple of years ago I was invited to visit the Parker factory. It was great timing because we needed some electronics work done on Wally's Parker which they did the minute we walked through the door. During the tour we were shown how the Parkers were manufactured and I was amazed. The artist rep that I was working with showed us how the body and neck were covered with a composite material that is basically unbreakable. He took a guitar of the finish line and leaned it up on a stool and told me to jump on the neck. I asked him if he was nuts and he did the jumping. I was really impressed and now know that is one less thing that I am capable of breaking. The rep brought 2 new models down to the sound check for Wally to try. In addition he brought a bass for Dave to experiment with. Dave just did not have enough time to play with the bass so he could not make a judgment. Wally really liked one of new models and was planning on playing it in the show. However, things got a little hectic and I got sidetracked and never knew which song he wanted to play the new Parker on so it never happened. Somewhere there is a picture with Wally and me holding his Parker and the two new models. Maybe Gene can dig it up and post it.

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Roadie #3 - That doesn't surprise me, that they've made the Parkers all but unbreakable. They just seem do fragile when you're holding one, that it would be too easy to bust one unless they did something like coat them with a composite.

Originally, I thought Parkers were entirely made of composite material, like the Bond guitars of the late 80's (the ones without frets - there are actually step-like cuts in the neck to essentially create the equivalent of frets), but then when I first tried one out, the guy at the music store told me it was basswood, which is very light in weight.

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I remember the Parker rep coming to the soundcheck with the guitars. Like any guitarist, I was very interested in seeing these new Parker guitars! I was really interested in the one that was styled around a Fender Tele. I was just hangin around in the background checking out these guitars. I happened to ask the rep a question about the guitar and he replied "Who are you???" "I'm nobody,,,, just a lil ol' Overdub!!!!" I'll stick with Line 6!! Their reps are a lot nicer!!!

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  • 3 weeks later...
suede said:

E never had a Rickenbacker ? or did I miss something ? All Mods Play Rickenbackers ;)

Sure he has! There's pictures of him playing a Lennon model (either the short scale 325 or the full scale 350) at the B.B. King shows. And Bernie has a picture on here somewhere of him sitting and playing it. :)

Just checked. The picture is back on page 2 of this post.

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