FYI/PSA for Budget Guitar People and DIYers

PhredE

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There are at least a few of us here that from time to time, like to pickup a new budget guitar to work on, fix up, rebuild, whatever. I'll admit that I am guilty of buying such guitars and on more than one occasion. I thought I might pass this along to like minded folks here..


Guitars Garden, distributor of Firefly brand here in the US, has new models listed on their site.

There are Explorer copies, Flying V copies, a few other models, and one named the "Pegasus" which I found the most interesting of the bunch.

It is listed as a full hollow body, 24 frets, binding throughout, a Fender style slanted headstock, dual HBs, rosewood floating bridge (base) and tailpiece, bone nut, primarily 'mahogany' construction, etc. It's a brand new model, so there is no history nor testimonials about these yet. If you're looking for a budget hollow body, maybe this might be of interest to someone (?). Listed price is $240. If anyone is brave enough to bite first and post a review, you'd be doing a lot of people a favor I suppose (maybe I'll have to do it?!?!)

https://guitarsgarden.com
https://guitarsgarden.com/collections/pegasus

Another new model the Aerosonic is a LP-sized semi hollow body. Binding, dual HBs, 22 fret, ToM, etc.
Also $240.
https://guitarsgarden.com/collections/aerosonic


Last time I checked, Guitars Garden is based in Phoenix area AZ. AFAIK there are no Firefly guitars listed on Amazon at this time (for those concerned with easy returns).


Edit: I should add that I recently picked up the '338' (ES 335 copy). It wasn't perfect, but was far better than I expected. I swapped one pickup out (the stock units are high resistance/high output, having a fairly bland midrangy tone), and did a full fret dressing. The tuners were far better than I anticipated and work well. The nut is real bone as advertised. The bridge I replaced only to maximize travel on G, D strings to properly intonate but wasn't too bad otherwise, etc. The paint, binding, neck angle were all fine. Overall, my experience was relatively positive with only typical upgrades done and post-production work -- similar to what many budget import guitars have done eventually. That's my experience, yours may differ!
 

drmordo

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I have two Casinos and a Starcaster or I might be tempted by that Pegasus.
 

bettyseldest

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I noticed that three of the aerosonic models have a vine inlay rather than block markers. There was a time when I would have bought one on that alone. These days I'm not so shallow.
 

Chimey1

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That Pegasus looks cool but that switch location looks problematic for me.

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lowatter

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LOL...while at the site I watch as 2 of the 338 models sell out as I added to cart to see about shipping/tax etc.

That goldtop LP looks interesting, oh and they need a tele version. Just saying.
 
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