NGD - Firefly

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by woolbrig, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. woolbrig

    woolbrig Squier-holic

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    Apr 16, 2010
    Bethalto, IL
    The Firefly guitar I ordered from Amazon arrived yesterday. Thought I would do my best to review it.

    It arrived double boxed and after a quick check I determined it was undamaged.

    • The nut seems to bone as advertised. It was binding on the A and D string but a couple of minutes with a file fixed the problem
    • The tuners on mine are terrible. They all have a lot of slop and one will barely turn even with no string pressure. Feels like a broken gear.
    • The bridge is ok, typical for a cheap guitar it work, but I find the saddles stick up higher that I like and the sharp corners make it uncomfortable to for my palm lay on it.
    • I didn’t remove the electronics, but from what I can tell it has the dime size pots. They are tighter than most cheap pots and actually do adjust really well. The switch is stiff too and has a good “click” when moving between positions.
    • I’m not real good with determining how good/bad pickups are. If they sound good, then they work for me. The humbuckers on this sound great so far, but I don’t ever turn in up super loud. I didn’t have any feedback at the levels I was playing. I compared them to the humbuckers in my Squier S73 and they seemed a little brighter.
    • The fretboard was very dry when it arrived and had a pasty white film. I cleaned it up and applied some lemon oil, and resolved the issue.
    • This is one of the best features of the guitar. Not a single sharp edge on any of them. Using a fret rocker, I found a coup of frets were a little high but it was so small that I couldn’t even get a .0015 feeler gauge in the gap. They caused no issues when playing up and down the fretboard.
    • The neck feels great after playing it a couple of hours I really like the way it feels and plays. Last week I played an Epi 335 at Guitar Center, and to me this one felt better.
    • The finish on the guitar is outstanding. I couldn’t find any defects in the paint or binding. The blue burst has decent wood grain showing through. I wish the horns were a little more round, but not a deal breaker for me.
    • The setup needed a fair amount of work. The bridge was really high and after lowering it, the pickups needed to be lowered a little too. The intonation was off (but close) on several strings. The nut was binding and was fixed as mentioned above, The neck had a slight bow of about .008” toward the top of the of fretboard, but an adjustment of the truss rod fixed it.
    • They claim D'Addario strings are used and they do seem to be a good quality, not the typical cheap strings you get on a lot of cheap guitars. I measured a they match the D'Addario 10-46 string diameters.
    • Measurements:
      • Nut Width: 42mm
      • 12th Fret Width: 53mm
      • 22nd Fret Width: 56.5mm

    After finishing the setup the guitar played great. I would definitely purchase it again. The only changes I plan make are to replace the tuners and maybe the bridge.

    FireFly0.jpg FireFly1.jpg FireFly2.jpg FireFly8.jpg FireFly3.jpg
     
  2. woolbrig

    woolbrig Squier-holic

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  3. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    Great Review ! ! Congrats !
     
  4. Ralph124C41

    Ralph124C41 Squier-holic

    Feb 10, 2016
    thank you for the detailed review and pics. Are the horns different, folks, than on previous production runs I wonder.

    Yes, it does sound like the tuners should be replaced. I'm still surprised to find a bone nut ... albeit one that needs a little work ... on a guitar at this price point.

    Maybe somebody here can recommend some inexpensive tuners and bridge for this model?
     
  5. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Squier-holic

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    That's a great color. It looks like the Gary Clark Jr. Blak & Blu Casino, only nicer.
     
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  6. techowiz

    techowiz Squier-Nut

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    Aug 21, 2014
    new york
    Horns are definitely different- once again!
     
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  7. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-Nut

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    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    Looks nice ....congrats !
     
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  8. johnnywizzo

    johnnywizzo Squier-Meister

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    Feb 4, 2016
    Nice review, enjoy your new guitar. On my two, not only are the horns different, but the body widths are slightly different.
     
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  9. woolbrig

    woolbrig Squier-holic

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  10. AllroyPA

    AllroyPA Squier-Axpert

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    Dec 14, 2009
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    maybe consider pulling the tuner and see if you can repair it before ordering a whole new set ?
     
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  11. Ralph124C41

    Ralph124C41 Squier-holic

    Feb 10, 2016
    I agree. That Epiphone SL I bought had those notoriously "iffy" tuners. The G string on mine wouldn't hold at all. But I took it in on consignment and told the shop owner that I had a spare set that I hadn't installed (which I somehow managed to not give him.) So to help sell it he took apart the tuner and found some washer or something that was out of alignment so he fixed it and says it works OK now.

    (Btw, I would have liked to have said his work paid off with him selling the SL. I'd like to say that .... but I can't as the guitar has been unsold for nearly three months and I will be picking it up, along with its five pals, at the end of the month.)

    Still an upgraded set of tuners certainly couldn't hurt.
     
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  12. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Squier-Meister

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    Jul 26, 2018
    Backwoods, USA
    HNGD! Thanks for the thorough review.
     
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  13. jjudas

    jjudas Squier-holic

    Mar 23, 2016
    Metro New Orleans
    Congrats! Nice looking guitar!
     
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  14. johnnywizzo

    johnnywizzo Squier-Meister

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    Feb 4, 2016
    Glad to see that they are double-boxing them now! It's a wonder mine survived the shipping.
     
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  15. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    Jul 4, 2012
    MAUD Oklahoma
    Would those be called bat ear horns? They kinda look to me like bat ears.
     
  16. Ralph124C41

    Ralph124C41 Squier-holic

    Feb 10, 2016
    Or there are some dog ears that sort of stand up like that. The more I look at those pictures, the more I don't like the design. But for $139 and free shipping, it's still a good deal I think.
     
  17. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    Didn’t someone “in the know” on here post that Firefly (whoever actually builds these) get a letter from Gibson about its body shape?
     
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  18. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    Jul 4, 2012
    MAUD Oklahoma
    Ya that's a smoking deal.
     
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  19. notme

    notme Squier-Meister

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    Feb 26, 2014
    Kamloops BC Canada
    I checked those measurments against the stock tuners and yes they match right up. Too bad those are not in stock.
    But these ones are. Im going to pull the trigger on them (19:1 ratio)

    https://www.eyguitarmusic.com/Wilki...-and-45-degree-fixing-tagWJN-03-CR_p_804.html
     
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  20. woolbrig

    woolbrig Squier-holic

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