Getting your own signature guitar is the rockstar version of a Lifetime Achievement Award – the opportunity to have an entire corporate skunkworks at your disposal to implement the craziest, most mind-blowing customizations ever. In my opinion, though, most people totally blow this opportunity…but Adrian Belew sure didn’t. Full story…
I could go on for hours about what makes the normal Parker Fly guitar so incredibly awesome, but instead I’ll simply say that Belew – renowned for pushing the envelope of what electric guitars can do – has mutated this thing into a kind of all-powerful guitar cyborg. Here are a few of the modifications that make the Parker Fly Adrian Belew Signature one of the most versatile instruments in the world:
- Sustainiac neck pickup, capable of infinite sustain and wild feedback effects at any volume.
- MIDI pickup with 13-pin jack, allowing guitarists to play guitar synthesizer and (via computer) trigger samples of any instrument imaginable.
- Line-6 Variax controls, which use advanced digital modeling to reproduce the sounds of 25 different guitars (including totally convincing acoustic, 12-string, and sitar settings!).
Still not convinced? Here’s a video of Belew, clearly pleased to be talking about his new toy: