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Parker Guitars P-42 Electric Guitar

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The Parker P-42 is designed to be the best possible electric guitar at the lowest possible price for serious guitarists. The visual impact of the Par...Click To Read More About This Product

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Powerful Parker tone and super-fast feel for an amazingly low price.

The Parker P-42 is designed to be the best possible electric guitar at the lowest possible price for serious guitarists. The visual impact of the Parker Fly guitar is achieved with a solid mahogany body and maple bolt-on neck. Sonically, the P-42 guitar is a monster. Two custom-wound Parker Stinger alnico humbucker pickups deliver super sustain and grind plus they offer coil tapping to give you a bright edge with no hum. The Parker P-42 guitar's genuine ebony fretboard provides a silky feel with 22 frets on a 10" to 13" conical-radius neck.

FEATURES
  • Solid mahogany body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • 10" to 13" conical radius
  • Parker Stinger alnico humbuckers
  • Coil tapping
  • Stop tailpiece
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Split stereo or summed mono smart-switching output
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4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Versatility and Performance

I recently purchased the P44 which is about the same as the P42 except that it has a fulcrum tremolo instead of the fixed bridge. I did something I would rarely do and used...Read complete review

I recently purchased the P44 which is about the same as the P42 except that it has a fulcrum tremolo instead of the fixed bridge. I did something I would rarely do and used it a few days after recieving it as my primary guitar at a 5-hour gig playing a variety of rock and country. With my Fender Tele as a backup that night I felt I could really put the Parker to the test and it met and in some ways surpassed my expectations. Setup: First off, the guitar was setup wonderfully on receipt - no real adjustments needed on my part. The neck has a feel that is similar to my PRS CE22 so it's an easy transition for me. The guitar stayed in tune through a pretty energetic show - about as well as my guitars that have locking Schallers on them. I checked tune regularly during the show but didn't have to adjust much - certainly less than I would have expected. I would caution that heavy tremolo use will drop it out but perhaps replacing the Grovers with locking tuners would remedy that. Sound: The capabilities of the guitar are fantastic - anything from full piezo-acoustic tones, piezo/humbucker blends and full on humbucker crunch are right there via toggle switches. I love the coil-tap ability too. Gripes: Not much to gripe about. More finish options would be nice (I settled on black) and I'm thinking of changing the toggle switches out for something that feels a bit more sturdy but really I have no complaints worth merit.Summary: This is a great guitar in the Parker tradition and an excellent value for your money. You could do a heck of a lot worse in this price range and there's not a lot out there in this range that will give you the P44's versatility. I can see myself using this guitar primarily now and giving my show weary PRS a little bit of a break...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

parker P:32

I personaly dont like this guitar. It cheap and there is always something wronge with it, mainly the pick-ups. They are the worst ive ever had on a guitar and ive owned lots...Read complete review

I personaly dont like this guitar. It cheap and there is always something wronge with it, mainly the pick-ups. They are the worst ive ever had on a guitar and ive owned lots of them. The battery for the pick-ups needs to be changed about every 3 months, which is realy annoying because the always seem to mess up when you need them the most

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Parker Vs. Gibson

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Love this guitar. Have 12 Gibson solid bodies, this plays as well as most of them. Fast neck, low action, super comfortable, great sound. You could spend twice this price and it would still be a great deal. Don't hesitate to add this to your collection!Been playing 40+ years, I'm not a beginner, this is a great guitar!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best guitar value ever

By The Joker

from Coos Bay, Oregon

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I was first turned onto Parker guitars after seeing Daniel Jones playing one. This is quite possibly the best bang for your buck. The pickups on it are pretty good, but I would strongly advise installing a Seymour Duncan JB/Jazz set. I had to file the edges so that the Duncans would fit, and just for grins I installed a Stetsbar Pro 2 double-locking tremolo on it and now it has become my main axe. I love this guitar and you'd have to be crazy not to buy it

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatility and Performance

By catwerk

from Boise, ID

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I recently purchased the P44 which is about the same as the P42 except that it has a fulcrum tremolo instead of the fixed bridge. I did something I would rarely do and used it a few days after recieving it as my primary guitar at a 5-hour gig playing a variety of rock and country. With my Fender Tele as a backup that night I felt I could really put the Parker to the test and it met and in some ways surpassed my expectations. Setup: First off, the guitar was setup wonderfully on receipt - no real adjustments needed on my part. The neck has a feel that is similar to my PRS CE22 so it's an easy transition for me. The guitar stayed in tune through a pretty energetic show - about as well as my guitars that have locking Schallers on them. I checked tune regularly during the show but didn't have to adjust much - certainly less than I would have expected. I would caution that heavy tremolo use will drop it out but perhaps replacing the Grovers with locking tuners would remedy that. Sound: The capabilities of the guitar are fantastic - anything from full piezo-acoustic tones, piezo/humbucker blends and full on humbucker crunch are right there via toggle switches. I love the coil-tap ability too. Gripes: Not much to gripe about. More finish options would be nice (I settled on black) and I'm thinking of changing the toggle switches out for something that feels a bit more sturdy but really I have no complaints worth merit.Summary: This is a great guitar in the Parker tradition and an excellent value for your money. You could do a heck of a lot worse in this price range and there's not a lot out there in this range that will give you the P44's versatility. I can see myself using this guitar primarily now and giving my show weary PRS a little bit of a break...

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

perhaps the best low-end guitar u can buy

By buzz-g2e_0

from NJ

great guitar, definately worth the money; smooth neck, single coil ability, nice frets, great tonal options.... have had no problems with the guitar which i doubt id have any, personally tho the pickups r very low output, still worth it even if u decide to change the pickups.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty Good

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I played this in a guitar shop after reading a lot of parker reviews and really wanted to get my hands on one, the neck is really fast and it was already set up with great action out of the box...pickups were pretty good, not screaming dimarzio's or anything but better than the stock one's that came with my epiphone lp black beauty...def worth the price

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sweet Versatility! Nice Axe.

By Monty

from North Jersey

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I checked out a number of Korean made beauties including the PRS SE EG, Schecter C-1 and Fender Showmaster HH before I selected the Parker. From my perspective, this guitar has three features that set it apart from its rivals. First, the ergonomic build. This guitar is comfortable in any position. It's a great design by Mr. Parker. Second, the coil tap tone control offers a myriad of easily accessible tonal options. Direct into a simple tube amp the range of nuanced, colorful hues is amazing. Finally, I've discovered that I love the ebony fret board. Maple's a bit hard, rosewood a bit soft. Bonus: The intonation was nearly spot-on right out of the box. On the downside, there's a slight ding on the back of the horn that eliminated the stigma of perfection. My G string goes out regularly so locking tuners would likely help. Also, I needed to get used to the front strap placement, it's a bit odd, albeit perfectly balanced. This Parker P-42 is a versitile, quality, stop tail HH guitar with single coil tapping and unique styling. I got the Metallic Gray and it looks great on the Fly-type body.

(2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

It's GOOD that this guitar was discontinued!

By JackStraw23

from Vermont

I came on to write a review since this guitar suddenly broke on me. And I see they've discontinued it. This is good news. DON'T BUY IT! The plate surrounding the input jack came loose, and the electrical cable slid out and now I am having all sorts of electrical issues. I should have stayed with Fender or something.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing guitar

By Ian-NTV3D

from MN

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My friend has this guitar, and I will say that it is possibly the most amazing electric guitar I've played. I could not find one thing that could be better about it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dozen Gibsons, first Parker

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I own a dozen Gibson Solid bodies, nice ones, supremes, custom shop.... I lowered the action just a bit from what it was set at the factory, put a set of .009 GHS strings. This thing plays as well as all my others. For the price you can't beat it, you could spend 3x as much, but you don't have to. Sculpted back is nice too, doesn't dig into your ribs. Part of my onstage arsenal now.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new favorite

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Got this guitar for Christmas after reading many reviews. I love it! Not a blemish anywhere. Plays like buttah, light as a feather. No complaints whatsoever. Buy one now!

 
5.0

Just Lovely

By Manowarrior_2

from EB, NJ

This is a great guitar. The fret board is fast, and the action is near effortless. Legato players should pay note to the ease of legato play which this guitar provides. I cannot exactly say why, but playing it just feels goods. Everything seems to be of superb quality; the fret board, besides looking good, feels amazing,the paint is flawless, the neckwood is amazingly smooth and frictionless, and the paint is nice (but not the best). The tone is as advertised: The highs and Mids are great. This is quite a nice lead/shred guitar for those with a budget. The tone is, beautiful (or, if you want it to be, screaming and shrieking). However, the low end isn't as strong as (or crunchy) as many other guitars (including my Squire Starter, which I generally dislike), both in this price range, and below. So you do lose some power when you palm mute. Big deal, iff you have and amp decent enough to match the guitar, you can correct for this. I have one problem, my friend was knocking his hand on the body to get interesting sounds out of the amp (against my will), and now, for some unknown reason, I have an unreasonable amount of buzz being generated by the guitar (though it does not transfer to the amp, so she still sounds great). I don't know if my friend did something special, or if these are just very delicate machines, so take care.

 
2.0

parker P:32

By rUma.K0tZ

from Greenville SC

I personaly dont like this guitar. It cheap and there is always something wronge with it, mainly the pick-ups. They are the worst ive ever had on a guitar and ive owned lots of them. The battery for the pick-ups needs to be changed about every 3 months, which is realy annoying because the always seem to mess up when you need them the most

 
5.0

Great Quality

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Parker has done it again. although barely known in the guitar world, having to compete with names such as Gibson and Fender, but they have a touch that neither one of these ever will, the quality of this instrument is astounding, clear beautifully resonant tone, great fun to just plug in and play, its light and easy on the back, with a fast action and quality finish this guitar is great, buy one today!

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By CodeRider

from Gray, Maine

I've had this guitar about a year and have played hundreds of hours. I used to have a Fender Strat many years ago and was looking to get one this time but comparing the two, I prefer the Parker P42 and have not been disappointed. Very smooth action and great sounds. Nice features too.

 
5.0

awesome guitar

By bobert

from bobert, tenneflorinia

this is an awesome guitar, it has genuine sound made for a kind of metal person. that is what it sounded like when i heard it. it is a good deal, if u are experienced, like myself, get this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
5.0

A great guitar for a great low price!!

By Goose_Bend

from Mississippi

First off I own the P-44, which has a tremelo system and piezo. But other than that these guitars are the same. This guitar is very comfortable, standing up or sitting down. The pickups are very veristale and sound great for whatever style you play. My favorite part of the guitar is the neck. Its smooth and fast, very easy to move up and down fret board. My hands are fairly big and the neck is really small which I like. Also I think Parker makes the coolest looking guitars and headstocks.

 
5.0

Awesome guitar!

By no comment

from Towanda, KS

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I love playing this guitar. I am not one to choose a guitar because of how it looks, although this guitar, in my opinion, looks incredible. This guitar just feels better to my hands, and sounds better to my ears than most of the other guitars I have played, regardless of price. As far as price goes I think that this guitar is well worth more than what you have to pay. I did have a problem with the pickups, and had to send it back in to Parker for repairs, but they were very helpful throughout the entire process. Because of the pickup problem I rated the quality at 9. I highly recommend this guitar.

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