Manufacturer: Agile (Rondo Music)
Model: Septor Pro 727
Who It’s For: Those who want a cheap(ish), custom built guitar all year round (if the Aussie dollar doesn’t fuck us in the ass)
Agiles seem quite popular, as I’ve seen many people not only posting about them, but playing them live as well. They feature a multitude of different options, from finishes to fanned frets/multiscale, so I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring and purchase one to see what the hype was about. After ordering, I waited approximately three weeks for it to arrive from the United States. They won’t ship outside the US without a HardShell Case, and I found this to be a bonus, as it’s a lot safer than a cardboard coffin. It’s costs extra, naturally (about 80-ish dollars), so that should be kept in mind, but it was totally worth it in my eyes).
figured I’d order a 7 string, because who doesn’t need a spare nowadays?
Mahogany Body with Carved Top, 27″ scale Baritone, Maple Fretboard/5 Piece Maple/Mahogany neck, Cepheus Active pickups, Grover Tuners, Cepheus TOM bridge with Graphite saddles, Reverse Headstock, and of course (like most guitars I own), made in Korea.
The unpacking was fun. The amount of fragile tape which was used could have covered two semi trailers. It seriously took me about twenty minutes or so to get into it, and once I did, I examined the guitar. All looked well, except the selector switch was broken. Now, when we buy guitars, we usually like to have them in working order when they arrive, but when we buy online there’s an inherent risk of these things happening. Quick fix (even though I shouldn’t have had to do it) and everything was back to normal. It looked good, played okay straight out of the box; very quick neck for a 7 string. For home brand pickups they’re okay as well, and gig-able but most would probably opt out to the Seymour Duncan Blackouts or EMG 707’s/81-7’s. The build was solid, able to take a beating – I can see why people would go for these over the Schecters, Ibanezes and ESP’s, as they’re roughly on-par with a lot of models from those brands. It just depends what suits you best.
With the AUD being so up and down, obviously how much you want to spend can vary from the very highs to the very lows. I scored this just under $1k, but with the state of the economy, who knows what you may end up paying in six months or so. In short, if you want your own ‘custom’ guitar for around the $1k mark, these are definitely a valid option. That being said, you may also find something else nearer to you for the same (or less) amount of money, BUT the customisation options are too immense to pass up – you can easily be spoiled for choice, should you simply decide to get in touch with the distributor, Rondo Music.
Fit and Finish: 7/10
Tuning Stability: 8/10
Bang For Buck: 7/10
Clean Tone: 4/10
Distorted/Overdriven Tone: 8/10
Modification Potential: 6/10
Overall Enjoyment: 7.5/10
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