Firefly Is Going Back

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  1. RiverDog

    RiverDog Well-Known Member

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    So I ordered Wilkinson EZ-LOK tuners for the FF338, which arrived today. (BTW, $23 shipped from eBay seller edenguitars and they arrived in 2 days from El Monte, CA!)

    I swapped out the tuners and put new strings on, and then went about setting up the guitar. I adjusted the relief and then the string action but no matter what I did I couldn't get rid of the terrible buzz. I then checked the action at the nut and realized the nut slots are cut way too low.

    If the nut was the only issue, I'd consider keeping the guitar and replacing the nut. Unfortunately I also discovered high frets up and down the fretboard when I put a fret rocker on the FB. None seemed drastically high but I'm not willing to put a bunch of work into this thing. Amazon return process has been initiated.

    I will eventually get another semi-hollow but it will most likely be an Ibanez.
     
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    Sorry it didn't work out, I had to send mine back too. I may try another down the road when the Ice Tea or Brown one comes up. At least Amazon returns are a breeze.
     
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    You installed tuners before you even decided if you even like it? And ordered the tuners before you ever even held one before? Kinda the cart before the horse sorta?
     
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    Sorry it didn’t work out. Washburn HB look good too for a non-authentic ES type.
     
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    Wonder if they are rushing out production quotas with all the demand.
     
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    Sorry it didn't work out for you. Time to fish for something else!
     
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    Man that sucks. Ive heard there have been a few duds. Sucks you got one of them.
     
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    I had to file some high frets to eliminate some fret buzz and swap the bridge for $10. Not a big deal. My nut slots were a little high so I filed them down a bit. Plays beautifully.

    Any guitar is gonna need a set-up, but this is the first time I've read of "low" nut slots. I would send it back too for that, but consider trying another one.

    Ibanez hollow bodies are $500. It may be worth taking one more chance on the FF. Nothing to lose (but time) and $350 to gain. My tuners are fine by the way. May upgrade them some day down the road.
     
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    Yeah I'd say its worth another try. If i needed another semi hollow I'd go for it but I have 4 at this point so I'm waiting for a double cut or a top I cant live without. I had the same experience with the tuners "Very fast delivery".
     
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    Sorry I realize I didn't properly explain, as usual. When I received the guitar I played it for a bit and immediately realized how terrible the tuners are, as has been well reported. At the time there was so much buzzing going on from the bridge I didn't notice the nut situation. So before I changed the strings and started my setup, I wanted new tuners, which I ordered. I didn't order a bridge because I found some info online about some tricks you can try to quiet a noisey ABR-1 style bridge, one of which actually worked pretty well*.

    *Take a small flat head screwdriver and a small hammer and use those to bend the wire in between each saddle adjustment screw. Just tap on the wire lightly between each screw and it will put a small bend or kink in the wire at those spots and tighten everything up.
     
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    One of the admins on one of the FF FB groups admitted that they've had trouble with the (or one of the?) new factory. That's not good.
     
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    I'm finding that at this stage in my life I have less patience and focus for this stuff. I just want to buy something playable and play it, even if that means spending a bit more.
     
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    But a used Ibanez AS73 can be had in the 250 range. I lucked into one with a case for about 230, that's why I didn't jump on the firefly bandwagon . That and leftys weren't out in the FF then.
     
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    Hey nothing bad to say about (Heck I started this thread) the Firefly but a used AS73 will be much higher QC right outta the box and as stated you might get a free hard shell case with it. But I am BIASED when it comes to Ibbies...
     
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    Yea, I'd guess a top firefly will still not be as playable as any average ibby. Only reason to get a ff is colors, being a gambler or wanting to build something that wouldn't be very Ibanez like.
     
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    On an interesting note, Looks like GROTE is trying to get in the game...their pricing is now $159 with a gig bag included
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    Can't get the amazon link to paste but just look for Grote Semi HOllow - blue and red in stock.
     
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    Very cool but is a low end Grote better than a firefly I wonder?
     
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    I thought they were the same company.
     
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    I'm not sure the $260 Grote is better than the FF. Haven't seen a comparison. They must be reducing something to drop the cost on this newer budget model $100.

    That's part of what I like about the FF. One version of each style - one price - no confusion.

    Ibanez has a dozen or more hollow body versions available on Amazon ranging from $299 - $2,399. It gets confusing with all the variations. Fender has done that with all the various Strat's and Tele's.
     

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