Updates: July 2016
More about the Parker PM-10 with Roland GK-2A
Features and Specifications
Introduction
Photos
Videos
Parker PM-10

Parker PM-10 with Internal Roland GK-2A

Features and Specifications:

Body: Carved Mahogany Body with Set Mahogany Neck Construction
Finish: Black Polyurethane
Neck: 10” - 13” Conical Form
Fingerboard: Ebony Fretboard with 22 Frets
Frets: Nickel silver, .060" high, .090" wide
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic Style stop tailpiece
Tuning machines: Grover 18:1 Ratio Sealed Precision Tuners
Pickups: Parker Alnico Stinger Pickups with Coil Splitting
Scale:25 1/2"
Truss Rod: Dual, Adjustable
Neck Width: 1.65"
Weight: 7 lbs

Introduction to the Parker PM-10 with Internal Roland GK-2A:

Parker PM-10

Check out the reviews of the PM-10, and read why this guitar was rated an Editors Pick from Guitar Player Magazine. The Parker Motto is: "Nothing plays like a Parker," and that is the absolute truth. As soon as you put your hands on the unique conical form neck, you will know why the best guitar players have such high regard for Parker guitars!

While the PM-10 was designed as an entry level guitar, the features come straight down from the high-end Parker guitars. The guitar has a synthesizer-friendly ebony neck, same as the Roland G-808 and Godin LGX-SA, with a comfortable 10" to 13" conical form. The neck changes radius as you move futher up, keep the playing experience smooth and natural.

The neck is absolutely beautiful, and the neck-to-guitar joint is amazing to behold. The custom Parker Alnico Stingers sound great, plus the coil splitting options give you tons of tone colors, check out the video clips below or directly on YouTube.

This guitar includes an internally installed Roland GK-2A electronics package, the same kit used on the original Roland-Ready Strats. I have used this guitar with a Yamaha G50, Roland GR-55, GI-20, VG-88 and VG-99, plus the RC-1324-VR, playing a Roland GR-300, GM-70, Korg Z3 and GR-700.

Most recently I used this Parker PM-10 on a video clip I created explaining how the RC-1324-VR and US-2 Turbo work. Direct to link YouTube Video clip. Check out the video demos of this guitar!

Photos:

Videos:

01 -Parker PM-10, RC-1324-VR with Roland GR-700

This is a short performance piece using the Roland GR-700.

The Parker PM-10 guitar is the controller, with a RC-1324-VR converting the modern 13-pin format to the vintage, 24-pin synth format. The GR-700 has a DB 25-pin input, so the RC-1324-VR plugs directly into the GR-700.

The GR-700 is great for classic Roland analog sounds. The tune is "James" by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, from the PMG album Offramp

02 -Parker PM-10, RC-1324-VR with Roland US-2 Turbo

The US-2 Turbo is a modified Roland US-2, designed to be used with the RC-1324-VR, 13 to 24 pin guitar synth converter. To be compatible with the RC-1324-VR, the rare, 24-pin connectors have been replaced by common, DB 25-pin connectors.

Just like the RC-1324-VR, this allows the US-2 Turbo to be used with commonly available 25-pin cables, in place of the ultra rare, very expensive proprietary Roland 24-pin cables.

03 - Roland Ready Parker PM-10 Hornet Guitar Synthesizer Clean Demo w/ VG-99 and GR-300 Demo

The Parker PM-10 has great sounding Alinco pickups, with coil tapping options for the neck and bridge pickup. An amazing sounding guitar!

This demo runs through the combination of clean pickup sounds, then you can hear the PM-10 pickups layered with a virtual Roland analog GR-300 synthesizer generated by the Roland VG-99 guitar synthesizer.

04 - Roland Ready Parker PM-10 Hornet Guitar w/ Roland GI-20 and Soft Synths

The Parker PM-10 has great sounding Alinco pickups, with coil tapping options for the neck and bridge pickup. An amazing sounding guitar!

This demo runs through the combination of clean pickup sounds, then you can hear the PM-10 pickups layered with a virtual Roland analog GR-300 synthesizer generated by the Roland VG-99 guitar synthesizer.

05 - Roland-Ready Parker PM-10 Hornet w/ Roland VG-88 Acoustic and Electric Tones

This video demos the Parker PM-10 with a VG-88. First switching through various VG-88 patches.

Second half features the overdriven sound of the Parker Stinger Alnico pickups, in humbucker and coil tap positions, layered with a virtual acoustic guitar.

06 - Roland VG-99 w/ Roland Ready Parker PM-10 Hornet + Infinite Sustain Guitar

Roland-Ready Parker PM-10 with Roland VG-99. This video demo shows the PM-10 with the VG-99, playing a patch suggested by VG-99 wizard Bill Ruppert.

Play a chord, and let it sustain. The VG-99 will automatically hold that chord...forever! Then solo along with the chord! Very Cool! No need to use the "D-Beam" trigger, the sustain starts as soon as the input level falls below a set threshold. You can use the second VG-99 channel to solo with, in this demo I use a distortion patch with the "slow gear" effect.