As usual, when you’re talking about Ken Parker’s designs, there’s absolutely nothing to compare them with. That’s certainly true with his latest offering, the stunning, unconventional Parker PJ24 Thinline. Take a look at the photos – it’s like no other guitar ever made (well, maybe a few of Parker’s own). Moreover, only 24 of these instruments are being made (12 in Natural and 12 in Sunburst) and we grabbed the lion’s share immediately, because while these guitars may look anything but ordinary, they sound totally extraordinary! And here’s the story of the man who inspired the design: Robert Conti is a Philadelphia-born, world-class jazz guitarist and educator who began to play in 1958 at the age of 12. In his teens, he played six nights a week and spent summers on the road. After graduation, he toured extensively. In 1968, he moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where his life changed when he discovered he had a gift for the securities business, and his guitar playing went on hold for six long years until 1979, when he recorded two critically-acclaimed albums. By 1985, he decided to focus all his time on writing and performing music, as well as teaching
The one thing Parker kept when designing the PJ24 was the combination of a carved Sitka spruce top with carved maple back and sides. The 24-fret C-shape neck is constructed of 5-ply rock maple with an ebony fingerboard sporting gorgeous abalone inlays. The headstock is equipped with gold Grover Titan tuners and finished off with a stunning abalone and pearl inlay. An ebony bridge and tailpiece (with another impressive abalone inlay) complete the picture. The entire body and neck are finished in polyurethane for the best combination of tone and long-term protection. When it comes to sound, the PJ24 Thinline comes standard with a gold Egnater floating mini-humbucker that produces a sweet and beautifully balanced jazz tone, whether you’re playing chords or picking individual notes and arpeggios. Even without plugging the guitar into an amp, you can hear its superbly articulated tone, courtesy of a large soundhole in the upper bout. Finally, each PJ24 Thinline ships in a custom plush-lined hardshell case with (get this) a hygrometer included, so you’ll never have to guess whether your guitar is too dry or has too much moisture content. Of course, your new PJ24 ships absolutely free to your doorstep via FedEx.