NGD Firefly Es-335 Iced Tea Burst

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  1. rsckrc91

    rsckrc91 Well-Known Member

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    Finally got it. Took about a week and a half to get here. I guess shipping across country (it shipped from CA, I live outside of Atlanta) plus Memorial Day added the extra days. Here is the obligatory guitar pron shots:
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    rsckrc91 Well-Known Member

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    finish looks great from here, is that just dust or something on the fingerboard? mine from last year had a little glue or something on it that i had to scrape off.

    that back looks better than most of the others i've seen with that reddish "agile" brown which were kinda blotchy.
     
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    Look like an Ibanez style
     
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    Thoughts - for $140, it's a great guitar. It shipped basically flawless. Very well made. No obvious scratches, dings, or surface cracks. This is my very first semi-hollow guitar. Pickups are good, not great. Will probably get upgraded in the future. Pots, switch, jack are ok. They might be gutted in the future, but everything works. Nut seems to he cut ok, but that could get replaced too.
    The tuners and bridge will need to be replaced very soon. Both are garbage. Tuners are shaky at best and something is rattling in the bridge (probably that wire retainer thingy). Fortunately, those are fairly inexpensive and I can replace them myself.
    Does anyone on the board have any suggestions for the tuners? I want to use the existing holes (the back screw hole is at an angle, not inline like Grover tuners). Any suggestions will be welcomed.
    Neck / fretboard are very good. No buzzing / choking out on the fretboard. Very nice surprise. However, it did notice this scaling / dark area on the fretboard between the first and third frets.
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    After cleaning and oiling the fretboard, the scaling went away. The dark patch remained. There was a lot of black on the cloth after cleaning it. Maybe the "rosewood" was stained? Who knows.
    All in all, I'm very happy with it. Especially for $140.
    Scott
     
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    Looks great! I got the same color. I'm kind of new to this, so I'm curious what makes a bridge "garbage" since it's primarily stationary after adjusting height and intonation. Also, what kind of bridge would be better suited that's an exact fit? Thanks
     
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    Gfurman,
    There is something that's rattling in mine. The most likely culprit is the retaining wire for the saddles. The easy fix is to get a good bridge without that feature.
     
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    beautiful guitar!
     
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    Even easier, just use clear finger nail polish or something similar on all the rattley stuff. Just a dab.

    That top looks excellent.
     
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    While I agree a bridge upgrade is easy, sometimes a drop of clear nail polish will do the trick.
     
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    Congrats on a beautiful guitar, that's a nice burst. I've got wilkinson ez lok tuners on a few guitars and they are pretty good and inexpensive, fit the same hole pattern. Nail polish will work, but I'm a big fan of the gotoh bridges that don't have the wire, I put them on just about every tom setup.
     
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    That's a lotta machine for $140!! With the first pics headstock down I can't get a proper picture in my head of the body/cutaway shapes however.
     
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    ditto on the Gotoh bridges uglyvw!
     
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    Congrats on the guitar its a beauty. The bridge rattle was an issue with mine also, probably the worst buzzing bridge I've ever seen. I replaced mine with one I had in the parts bin and the buzzing was gone.
     
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    i didn't notice the buzzing but i replaced mine pretty quickly with a cheap mic roller bridge more out of curiosity than anything else. i looked at it in the box and it had that retaining wire on it for the saddle screws though. it also looks pretty rough (bump on one of the saddles) and just feels light and cheap.

    (edit) here's the cheap bridge i replaced it with, it dropped right in: https://www.amzn.com/gp/product/B0092LWHI6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1&tag=aguitarforum2-20
     
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    Several people here have mentioned the buzzing an issue while others have not so I guess its the luck of the draw. I don't feel like its a big thing but I have lots of parts laying around. I let my sister take mine to a friend who expressed some interest in firefly price point, I'll sell it to him if he wants it. Its a pretty good guitar but I feel like the fretboard radius is to flat for me which is certainly a personnel preference which won't be shared by all.
     
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    Congrats on the new Firely!!! Nice finish. Aren't those the top selling FF finish?
     
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    Here are the pics rotated correctly:

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