Mike’s beautifully built FireFly combo


The FireFly is a great little 1W(ish) amp project that’s a very popular project on many guitar forums. But Mike’s attention to detail on the design and finish of his is a very special.

“Thought you might like to see a few photos of my finished Firefly amp; as ever, it’s taken longer than planned but, but has turned out quite well. I say ‘my amp’, but I must acknowledge the contribution of Andy Gray; he helped answer a number of questions I had during the build process.

“In many ways this hasn’t been the easiest of builds. Point-to-point requires considerable thought before applying the soldering iron! The cabinet was also interesting, especially when it came to applying the tolex, but it turned out OK in the end.

“Just to give you an idea of its size the speaker grille on the front is 8-inch in diameter; so I have at last managed to build a ‘practice’ amp that is actually small enough for my son to carry around. It also sounds pretty good too considering it’s a small 8″ speaker; it sounds even better when driving a good 12” – amazing how loud it as well.

“By the way, the orange paint in in fact powder coating – gives a really tough finish, but it’s a real so-and-so to scrape off when you need to get a ground connection!”