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Agile Guitars – Buyers Guide to Agile Guitar Prices

by Mac Laton on March 10, 2009

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Agile guitars have become a really good alternative for those of us who want a really nice musical instrument at a decent price.  I have a couple of them in my collection and I was really surprised at the quality of an Agile Guitar, especially with the great prices.

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Here is a quick rundown of the different model series that are currently available, a sort of buying guide if you will of these low priced axes, some of their features and specs and such…

You can find all of these great guitars at Rondo Music

Agile AL-2000 Series

The four main models in the AL 2000 series are the AL-2000, AL-Dauntless which has EMG Selects or Duncan Designed Pickups, AL-2500 12 String Electrics, and the AL-2800 Baritone.  The 2000 and Dauntless have three piece mahogany bodies, while 2500 and 2800 have two piece solid mahogany bodies center joined.  They all feature two piece maple necks with rosewood fingerboards and Gotoh tuners.

Agile AL-3000 Series

The four main models in 3000 series are the AL-3000, AL-3100, AL-3200, and the AL-3000M (Master built)

These all feature 2 piece solid mahogany bodies center joined, one piece mahogany necks with ebony fretboards, high quality pickups and electronics, Graph Tec nuts, and abalone or mother of pearl inlays.  The prices go up with the level of decoration except for the 3000M series which has less binding and decor but is the top of the line Agile.

Agile TC Series

For you tele lovers out there, there is the TC series which includes the Agile TC-630, TC-730, and the TC-1200.

The 630 is your basic design, 730 has the f hole, the 1200 has exotic wood finishes.

Agile ST Series

For you strat fans out there, there is the ST series which includes nice upgrades like Seymor Duncan pickups and Wilkenson tremolo units with locking tuners…and there is the cool retro Argus with vintage trem.

 

Agile HARM and Valkrie Series

The Agile Harm 1 and Harm 3 are classic looking semi hollow electric guitars with toaster style pickups that get a vintage tone.

The AS-820 is your big bodied semi hollow archtop guitar.

The Agile Valkyrie is their take on the SG body style

Agile Hawker, Reaper, Hornet Series

The Agile Hawker series have an ultra modern design with high tech looks, hardware and electronics.

The Hornet is a full size V and the Reaper is an offset V with a nook for your leg when doing shred solos.

Agile 7 and 8 string Electric Guitars

The Septor, Interceptor, and Intrepid
These guitars are the very top of the line for Agile Guitars.

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

electric guitar  March 10, 2010 at 11:53 pm

I bought AL 2000 guitar from amazon about three weeks ago and it is really stunning.

maclaton March 11, 2010 at 1:22 am

They really are some great guitars…

Max Hedroom June 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

A couple of things:
1. To me, the Rondo website is confusing as anything you care to mention. It appears that they handle several lines of guitars, not just the Agile and one cannot tell which is the higher quality.
2. Does anyone know if the Agile guitars are lower priced through Rondo or elsewhere? (I noticed someone on here bought one through Amazon, thats why I ask.)
3. The Agile LP style guitars are getting quite the reputation, good reputation, that is.

maclaton June 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm

1. The site is arranged from lowest priced to highest priced models.

As far as I can tell, they are all manufactured at the same plant in China, with a few of the higher dollar Agiles being made in South Korea. No real difference in quality of make, just prices vary between models in ways that make absolute sense. You basically pay more when you add on upgraded hardware, pickups, trem units, binding, neck inlays, ebony fretboards, etc.

2. Rondo Music has an Amazon store. The prices are usually the same.

3. The definitely have a devoted and growing following, (including myself…. :) )

Therjsr June 22, 2010 at 1:26 pm

All of the Agiles are made in Korea, including the entry level AL-2000's. They are usually of higher quality than the SX and Douglas guitars that Rondomusic makes in China.

Rod_194560 July 31, 2010 at 1:41 pm

they look cool, how can i get one? i live in mexico =)

Rod_194560 July 31, 2010 at 5:41 pm

they look cool, how can i get one? i live in mexico =)

Nick November 4, 2010 at 7:24 pm

the Agile’s certainly look nice, but so do the Epiphone SG’s and i did not like a single one the last time i was in guitar center…i would like to play an Agile before i buy one

Mffsir November 24, 2010 at 3:13 am

Really great guitar for the money just needs a little love. You’ll need to level, crown and polish the frets as they come pretty rough. I own three of these guitars and all of them had file marks on the frets, my newest multiscale 7 had a few high frets. The paint has minor screwups here and there on all three of them. I assume the wood that is used is fairly fresh from the lumber yard. I had issues with all of them–took about six months or more until the neck stopped moving around. Overall you can’t beat the price even with a full setup which every guitar will need eventually anyway, you can’t go wrong here.

Samcrompton December 18, 2010 at 11:13 am

these guitars are good. but for a first time buyer from the uk then definatly not. you are plunded with charges as extras which are only in the realy fine print. in short DONT DO IT.

Jamie (H) December 18, 2010 at 11:16 am

you should put an extra £100 on the cost if you are from the uk tho :/ kinda sucks

Ourearthlyangels February 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Agile, then Douglas, then SX in descending order

Flyinv55 February 26, 2011 at 2:27 am

In the past 40 years I have owned 4 Gibson Les Pauls, 3 Fender Strats, 1 Fender Tele and some various Epiphones and Ibanezes. I currently have an Agile 2500 CSB with P90′s as my main guitar. I have sold all the big name guitars and no longer have to worry about scratching and buckle rashing. My Agile 2500 is one fine guitar and I recommend them highly.

Thompsonsub45 May 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

i’ve had my agile al2500 (tribal blue w/ gold hardware) for about 6 years now. love every minute of it. replaced electronics with pups and pots from guitarfetish.com to refresh it a bit. i’ve beaten it mercilessly touring playing jazz, and in my own bands and it always withstands the punishment. lots of bang for the buck!

GuitarDude May 22, 2011 at 10:39 am

I wanted to add…..you say they have “Gotoh” tuners. They don’t…..they have “Grover” tuners. I own 3 Agiles (AL2000, AL2500, Intrepid Pro) and 1 Douglas (RR style V) . They are ALL amazing guitars. I’m an avid Ibanez RG collector and own various RGs….Prestiges, old MIJs a few MIKs and the Agiles are every bit as good as ANY of my top dollar high end Ibbys. I will be buying an Agile Septor 7 sometime in the future….Rondo sells some great guitars! I’m a Lefty too.

KILL SHOT November 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I Recently purchased the AL 3000m neck thru csb LP style guitar and this guitar is GREAT! Intonation is pretty much dead on right out of the packaging. It is a very solid and well built guitar. Pickups sound really really good. Quality and craftsmanship is close to a 10 and this guitar isn’t made in the USA, it’s Korean. If Korea keeps putting out guitars of this quality for such a low price, US guitar makers better start worrying. It’s not quite a Gibson Les Paul but considering the price and all the things stated above I will be buying more Agiles in the future.

teejayw28 November 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I bought a al2000 in root beer and its a awesome guitar . get one .

umy January 26, 2012 at 8:51 am

If only they could make the interceptor without the reversed headstock.. :(

Ronnie January 31, 2012 at 5:26 am

I baught a PRS style Agile and it has a regular top on it. Solid body, natural finish, and it has a number on the back of the neck, A01489. Im not sure if this is a model number or a serial but if any one has any information as to what the name of this guitar is and what type of humbuckers it has, please let me know. Thank you :P

Ronnie January 31, 2012 at 5:46 am

oh and it may help to know it also has an adhesive neck, grover tuning machines, 1 volume 1 tone knob, 3 way selector, 6 strings, 24 frets, 2 humbuckers like the Al 3000 series, and a wrap around bridge. if you know the name of this guitar and type of humbuckers please tell me :)

Aaron Whitsell February 4, 2012 at 3:26 am

I was just wondering if the Agile Septor Elite 725 EMG MN black Flame Dot is made in China or Korea? I’m thinking it’s Korea because it’s a higher end model but need to know for sure before I consider ordering!!

Bobdob February 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Bought an Agile Interceptor 727 and absolutely love it. No flaws and plays like a dream. If you’re looking at getting a 7 string, look no further.

Craig April 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I recently aquired a Agile Les Paul in a swap. This guitar blows away my Epiphone Les Paul. The quality to me is amazing, the neck is the most playable neck under $1000. Mine came with a Bigsby and the previous owner also put Burstbuckers in it as well as all Gibson wiring, pots and switch. I am not sure which model it is but I am totally blown away at the quality of this guitar.

Jimmy June 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Does Agile still make the Rickenbacker look alike? I seen one back in March 2012 and I would really like to find one.

Docdino June 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I know Dillion makes one, but can’t find one on the web. Ofcourse I can’t afford the real Rickenbacker, so you know how that goes.

Mac June 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm

They have the Harm model that is similar style to those with some obvious differences.

Doug Dash June 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I own an AL3000 with P90′s and a Strat replica. Both are very high-quality guitars, and I highly recommend this brand to anyone. I am a hobbyist musician, and cannot afford the high cost of the American brands. Agile provides a great, affordable alternative. You could not go wrong buying these.

Docdino July 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Thanks for the info on the rickinbacker look-a-like.

t. china November 19, 2012 at 9:08 am

I bought an Agile ST-802 Strat and installed Awesome Musical Instruments upgrade. I now have 35 pickup tones from an instrument that only offered 5 tones. This is tone nirvana at its best.

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