by Bryan Bergeron, Editor
Interface — Getting
If you’re into electric guitars or
even Guitar Hero, you’re probably
familiar with the iconic models from
Fender and Gibson. However, there
are dozens of other electronic guitar
manufacturers producing everything
from inexpensive, conservative
clones to expensive designs on the
technological edge. I recently took
the plunge and purchased one of
these ‘edge’ models: a fly mojo single
cutaway made by Parker — a US
electric guitar manufacturer known
for its innovative designs (www.
Technologically and visually, the
guitar is stunning. The frame of the
guitar is a hardened exoskeleton over
a spruce body about half the weight
and thickness of a Strat or Les Paul.
Electronically, it has a traditiona
magnetic pickup combined with a
not-so-typical piezoelectric pickup.
With this dual pickup design, I can
create a tone that simulates an airy
acoustic (using all piezoelectric
pickup), a throaty Les Paul (using all
magnetic pickup), or something in
between. Furthermore, not only is the
tone great, but it plays like butter.
After a few hours of playing my
flame red mojo, it started to rattle.
The culprit? A loose set screw in the
aluminum knob on the magnetic pickup potentiometer. I loosened the set
screw and examined the potentiome-
ter shaft. I expected a smooth, solid
shaft, but what I found was a deeply
slotted knurled shaft. No wonder the
knob had worked its way lose.
My first thought was that this
must have been a fluke or accident at
the factory. After all, we’re talking
about a $3,200 guitar. I imagined
someone in the parts department at
Parker running out of solid shaft pots
and running over to RadioShack to
buy out their supply of potentiometers — any potentiometers that were
of the appropriate resistance.
However, I checked the two other
potentiometers on the guitar. I didn’t
have to remove the knobs to see if
they were of the same slotted design
— the wobble of the knobs as I
turned them told me the knobs and