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This is a beauty. I mean, look at it! Classic straty vibe with the modern twist and looks of Parker guitars. Vintage-modern on the best meaning of the term. But when i say it is waiting for a kiss, is because this princess have some issues that keep her asleep.
First: The build quality. In its best days, it was built in Korea, next to our beloved Epiphones. Nowadays, it's made in China. So, you can conclude that the build quality is not the best you're ever going to see (in fact, mine came with unproper pickguard screwing and glueing - if that's a term). But keep on reading so you can understand why it's a princess.
The Wood: It's poplar. The poor men's alder, with a more poppy and bouncy sound. It's also much stiffer, which is a good thing if you consider the next topic.
The body shape: The most comfortable and light i have ever played. I mean, really, it fits like a glove, weighs like a child and...
Plays: Like a dream. Really comfortable neck. In fact, i strung it up with Ernie Ball 0.11s and it almost feel like 0.10s (except, of course, that when you spank it, it replies beautifully asking for more).
Needs: Propper building, pickup swap and a nicely and calmly done setup. I say calmly done setup because it took my Luthier 2 weeks to set it up on 0.11s and he thought it wasn't going to handle because it was being pushed to the maximum every single day he worked on it. After all this, the beauty and sexy princess is ready for your abuses.
Extra: It's not being produced by Parker instruments anymore, which is a shame. If Parker Instruments would come knockin' on my door and ask me what i would want them to do, i'd say to restart the production of the P-30 with some quality hardware and building twists.
Bottom line: Perfect guitar for a modfreak addicted to vintage-modern stuff. Peace out!