But what is the consensus on the playability and sound of the Parker Fly Bass? Maybe the Arizona sun has fried my brain, but I didn't know they made a bass until I saw a picture of one in a few shots of NAMM. I have a friend who has a Parker Fly Deluxe guitar, and I love it. I'm an average guitar player and I sound better just because of it. It was really fast and easy to play - maybe the best action I've ever seen on a stringed instrument. I could get great crunch out of it and I also thought the clean tone was nearly acoustic. I did a search of the Basses forum, and 90% of the posts generally say something to the effect that it's the single ugliest instrument on the entire planet. 5% of people had seen one at a local guitar store. 4% were people reiterating that yes, it is absolutely ugly. 0.5% of posts were to agree that it was in fact profoundly ugly and to throw in several creative english textbook adjectives to support that position. The next 0.4% of posts included made up words such as "fugly". The final 0.1% began to approach the sound and playability. I too think that it's ugly, but if the playability and sound of the Parker bass at all rival the Fly Deluxe Guitar - relatively speaking - then I'm sold. I'll get over the looks. Does anyone actually own one? Has anyone done more than fiddle around for a few minutes at a guitar store? Should parker stick to building guitars? Once again, yes, they are ugly.