Ken's Master Class at Acoustic Guitar Village in Cremona, Italy - Sept 27th - Sept 29th

Ken will be in Cremona, Italy at the 2019 Cremona Acoustic Guitar Village presentation. He’ll be teaching an acoustic master class in which he will delve into historically how new technologies and materials affected the field, and exploring what traditions are worth hanging on to and which may be properly superseded by evolution.


2019 Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival

Ken will be in Arvada, Colorado September 21 & 22 for the Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival. As far as we know, this is the first event dedicated to archtop guitars and will have some of the best builders in the world. Ken will be delivering a lecture on the history and evolution of the archtop guitar. Hope to see you there! For info on tickets, click on the link below.

Ken To Lecture at Worcester Polytech, Tuesday November 27th


Master luthier Ken Parker (Ken Parker Archtops , formerly Parker Guitars ) will be giving a lecture and demonstration at WPI on November 27th, 2018 at 6pm in the Higgins House Great Hall. This event was organized by the Electric Guitar Guitar Innovation Lab and was sponsored in part by Frank Hoy (WPI, Business) and a grant from the Coleman Foundation, Kris Boudreau (WPI, HUA) and the WPI Humanities and Arts Department, the music division of WPI, and the WPI Media Arts Group Innovation Center  (MAGIC). 

Special Guests

Ken Parker Archtop guitar demonstrations performed by Carlos Odria 

Parker Fly electric guitar demonstrations performed by Vince Genella .

This event is free! To register, go to

Video From Woodstock

Michael Chapdelaine and Larry Cambpell stopped by Ken’s table to check out his archtops. Here is a video of each of them playing one for the first time….

Adam Miller In Japan Playing Egret


Adam Miller sent us this photo and recording of him playing with Mitch Cairns in Japan. That guitar is Egret - the most blinged of Ken’s archtops so far…

Fun Meme

With NASA's launch of the Parker Solar Probe, we thought it'd be fun to pair that with Ken's launch of the Parker Aural Probe...

Woodstock Luthiers' Invitational 2018


Every year, we attend the Woodstock Luthiers' Invitational in October. This year is no exception. We'll be there October 26, 27, & 28, 2018 at the Bearsville Theater / Utopia Soundstage , Woodstock, NY. We hope you can stop by and see what we've been working on.

Guitar Masters at Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY, July 5-7 -2018


Celebrating the artistry of the guitar with some of the music world’s finest talents, Guild Hall introduces the first annual Guitar Masters festival. This three-day gathering is a celebration of music, summer, and exceptional musicianship, and features concerts, documentary films, and book signings.

The festival took place from Thursday, July 5 through Saturday, July 7 and featured performances by Andy Summers, Ralph Gibson, G.E. Smith, Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson, David Broza, Badi Assad, and Brandon Ross; documentary films curated by director Mary Jane Marcasiano; a talk by Ken Parker (on July 7th), and book signing with Galadrielle Allman.

Ken Featured in Two-Part Fretboard Journal Article

Fretboard Journal # 38, with Leo Kottke on the cover, features the first of a two-part article about Ken.

Be sure to pick it up at your local guitar store, book store, or what the heck, they've got great deals on subscriptions, so you don't even need to leave your house!

Ken Parker Exhibited and Lectured at Artisan Guitar Show



Ken Parker Exhibited and Lectured at Artisan Guitar Show

April 7-9, 2018, at the Central Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg, PA. Ken spoke on the importance of embracing innovation in the design and construction of artisan guitars. 

The Met Gets a Ken Parker Archtop Named Merlin

On January 29, 2016, Ken delivered Merlin, a brand new archtop, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC at a lovely reception. The Met had commissioned the guitar last year for its permanent collection.

Doug Wamble wrote a special piece called The Ken Parker Suite for three guitars, played by Doug, Brandon Ross, and Matt Munisteri, which was debuted at the event and then recorded the following day.