the Anatomy of a Fly

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the Anatomy of a Fly

Post by vjmanzo » Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:14 pm

Status Key*:
modeled — we have modeled this part and can fabricate it
in development — we're working on it
adapted — we have created a modified version based on the original design
sourced — a link to a comparable replacement part
*This post will be updated regularly as the project continues; we will confirm all sourced parts and modeled parts in due time. Please note that we are currently still confirming sourced parts, so contact me directly if you can contribute in this capacity.

Note: the Fly Clone Project is a research project intended to maintain, recreate, and adapt parts used on original and early USM Parker Fly guitars; if you are looking for stock OEM parts, we strongly recommend that you contact Mike Gallenberger at on Reverb or wiguitar on eBay to see if the part you need is available in his stock.


Vibrato Bridge Components
Vibrato bridge with short edge (for original Fly) — modeled
Vibrato bridge with long edge (for refined Fly) — modeled
Three-ridge Spring Plate with Bumper (for original Fly) — modeled
Three-ridge Spring Plate without Bumper (for refined Fly) — modeled
Bridge Bearings (for original Fly) — sourced
Bridge Bearings (for refined Fly) — source forthcoming
Bridge Bearing Posts (longer version) — modeled
Bridge Bearing Posts (shorter version) — modeled
Bridge Post Bushings — modeled
Bridge Post Stabilization Rings — modeled
C-Rings — sourced
Hex Screw — source forthcoming
Three-ridge Spring Plate Screw — source forthcoming
Long Tension Screw — modeled | adapted
Washer for Long Tension Screw — sourced
Notched Body Insert for Long Tension Screw — in development
Step Stop with latch (for original Fly) — modeled
Step Stop with hole (for refined Fly) — modeled
Step Stop anchor screw — sourced
Tension Wheel — modeled
Rubberized Tension Wheel (for original Fly) — in development
T-Bar — modeled
Vibrato Arm Bushing (rounded for refined Fly) — modeled
Vibrato Arm Bushing (hex for original Fly) — in development
Vibrato Arm (rounded for refined Fly) — in development
Vibrato Arm (hex for refined Fly) — in development
Set Screw for Vibrato arm — sourced
Flat Springs — in development


Hardtail Bridge Components
Hardtail bridge — modeled
Grub screws (#10-32 R&L x 5/8) — sourced
Threaded inserts for grub screws in body — source forthcoming

String saddles w/screw-style string aligner (for original Fly) — in development | adapted
String saddles w/dogbone-style string aligner (for original Fly) — in development | adapted
String saddles w/notched string aligner (for refined Fly) — modeled | adapted
Saddle Mounting Screws — sourced

Electronics and Knobs
Note about electronics cavities: all pots have a 3/8” hole; all switches have a 7/16” hole, the red piezo switch cavity is a 1/2” hole
Note about switches: all original switch shaft heights were 3/4" tall

Master Volume Pot 10k (original Fly) — sourced | Alt: (TOCOS A10kX2 DCJ - Stereo 10k audio taper; TP96G00 25SK A103 A103 25mm long shaft, Bushing diam 9mm, shaft diam 6mm)[/size]
Magnetic Pickup Volume Pot 500k — sourced
Magnetic Pickup Tone Pot 250k — sourced
Magnetic Pickup Push/Pull Tone Pot 250k and coil split (refined Fly) — source forthcoming
Piezo Pickup Volume Pot — source forthcoming
Piezo Pickup Concentric (stacked) Volume/Tone Pot (original Fly) — source forthcoming
Piezo Pickup Concentric (stacked) Tone/Tone Pot (original Fly Concert) — source forthcoming
Three-way magnetic pickup switch — sourced
Three-way piezo/magnetic pickup switch — sourced
Output Jack Barrel (flush mounted) — source forthcoming
Output Jack Surface mount — source forthcoming
Stereo-switch Button Housing (original Fly) — modeled
Rubber Knobs (original Fly) — modeled
Rubber Concentric (stacked) knobs (original Fly) — in development
Dome Knobs (refined Fly) — sourced

Pickup Baseplate and Assembly — modeled
Pickup Mount, 5-40 threaded wood inserts — sourced | sourced (alternate 4-40 to retap)
Dimarzio Pickup Pole Pieces — sourced
Pickup Baseplate Mounting Foam — sourced

Backplates and Related
Backplate (original Fly with vibrato bridge) — modeled
Backplate (original Fly with fixed bridge) — modeled
Backplate (refined Fly) — modeled
Screws for backplate — sourced
Battery compartment for backplate-mounting — source forthcoming
Battery compartment "in body" cover (original Fly) — modeled
Battery compartment "in body" screws (original Fly) — sourced
Battery compartment "in body" screw insert (original Fly) — sourced

Sperzel short-post non-graduated inline locking tuners — sourced
Nut — modeled

Strap End-Pin — sourced
Strap End-Pin Screws — sourced (upper horn) | sourced (bottom)
Strap Pin Felt Washers — sourced

Fretboard — in development
Stainless Steel Frets — in development

Tools (included with Fly)
T-Wrench 3/32" Hex Adjustment Tool — sourced
Truss Rod T-27 Torx Adjustment Tool — sourced
Bridge Height 5/32" Hex Adjustment Tool — sourced
Step Stop 1/8" Round Bar Adjustment Tool — sourced
"Bullwinkle" guitar hanger — modeled

This component of the project would not be possible without the exceptional students in my research lab: Alan Hunt, Nathan Rose, Tom Ward, Colin Mashack, Brent Reissman, Shintaro Clanton, Ben Watkins, Ryan Eastwood, Lorenzo Castoldi, Avery Ingegneri, Shane Whittaker, Evan Duffy, Palawat Busaranuvong, Michael DeFrancesco, Ruyue Wang, Abby O'Sullivan, Sam Joy, and Nathan Sarachick.
And of course: you!

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