JOE PARKER GUITARS
JOE PARKER GUITARS
Eliot Hunt | January 16, 2024
One of the coolest things about the electric guitar is just how malleable they are with regard to design - a quick look through any “History of the Electric Guitar” style book at your local bookstore will reveal this truism. Sure, we’re all accustomed to seeing the classic designs from Fender, Gibson, Gretsch - and rightfully so - but look just beneath the surface you’ll find the work of visionaries like Paul Bigsby, Antonio Vandrè Pioli to name but two. Point being, there is a lot of room for creativity regarding what an electric guitar can be.
Enter Eugene, Oregon-based master builder, Joe Parker.
Utilizing tried and true techniques and materials like bolt-neck construction, a 25 1/2” scale length, and traditional tone-woods, Joe has created several models that look at once modern, yet like they could have come from a long-lost 60s maker. Joe's visual language is extraordinary - attention to detail is the name of the game here. His use of deep German Carves on both the top and back of the bodies create a lot of movement and depth, while also keeping the player’s comfort in mind.
We just received 3 new guitars from Joe and cannot recommend them highly enough. They're remarkably musical instruments with a solid, stout feel, incredible setups, playability, and tones.
"As a musician (I got my start in Jacksonville, FL., performing in bands,) I was always tinkering on my and my friends’ guitars. So, I get how particular a guitarist can be about their instruments. I also have a background as a fine artist and photographer, so aesthetics are very important to me too. These experiences shape my approach to instrument design. Not only should a guitar or pedal look cool, it also needs to operate intuitively, sound great, and be extremely reliable.
In 2009, I decided to deepen my experience and attended Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, in Phoenix, AZ. After graduating, I moved to Austin, TX to work at Collings Guitars. I spent over five years at Collings, the last three of which I did final setups of the electrics line. Now, I am a one-man shop based in Eugene, OR, offering my own guitars and pedals. I hope they inspire you to do your thing!"