NGD Ngd: Purple Agile Al 3020 Burl (burple?) Burst Prototype

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  1. NoStratsPlease

    NoStratsPlease Well-Known Member

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    Ok....this is a first impression thread about the initial unboxing of the brand new AL-3020 Burl Purple CNC Carved Top Les Paul Copy Burst Blah Blah Blah. The original listing can be seen here: http://www.rondomusic.com/Agile_AL-3020_Purple_Burl.html

    This thread is about the initial inspection of quality, neato facts, and PICS! The playability review will come within a week....possibly....maybe. The guitar came single boxed in typical Rondo fashion and arrived with no visible shipping damage. On to the show!

    Here's the top....right out of the box. From far away it looks like a galaxy in the universe. Universe burst?

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    Full body shot....no bush!

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    Here's a cockeyed shot to show the special CNC carve on the top. Who doesn't like curves?

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    A shot of the dark ebony fretboard. There are no streaks...

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    A shot of the inlays and fretboard. Frets are smooooth with no sharp ends. I'm guessing that the inlays are pearloid because it lacks the shimmer of my mother of pearl guitars, but it was pretty hard to tell without a close inspection. I don't know what these inlays are....instead of sharktooth, maybe dueling rhino tusk? Star Trek? Split Boomerang? Either way, they're done well and they don't bother me. I'd prefer mother of pearl blocks (on every guitar ever made), but these don't bother me at all.

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    Obligatory shot of the rear. No observable flaws, plus a reflection of my sexy leg....no charge!

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    Rear Headstock shot. The usual (and glorious) Agile 3xxx Grover tuners and it's confirmed that it's made in Korea.
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    These next pics are what I'd officially and scientifically classify as "interesting shit."

    First, notice the white binding. Through the multiple (way too many, yet not enough) Agile's that I've owned, I've never received an AL with white binding. It's usually the yellowish, creamish vintage binding. Give me bright white all day.

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    Next is this recessed input jack that is much better than previous Agile input jacks that I've owned (which have never been bad.) It firmly holds the guitar cable. It reminds me a lot of my ESP LTD EC-1000 Deluxe input jack (that is not recessed) in that once the cable is in, it'd take multiple fat chicks climbing your guitar cable like a rope in gym class to pull the cable out (all in their quest to caress your toilet parts with their mouth!)

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    Here's a pic of the guitar's thickness in comparison to a 2014 Gibson Les Paul Studio body....this is for the multiple body thickness fetishist's that roam the board. It's definitely thinner...

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    Finally, here are the flaws that I could find. I must stress that they were all really minor, but they may bother some people....so, yeah.

    1st is a small binding flaw that's located on the front in the valley of the horn and (also) where the CNC carve begins it's ascent.

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    Next, is a very mild discoloration on the white binding between the 1st and 3rd fret dots.

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    The final "flaw" is that one of the Tone/Volume speed knobs just barely rubs the body when you turn it. It was mildly annoying, but with a few quick turns back and forth it fixed itself.

    Someone asked about which knobs control what in their abnormal sequence. The knobs are (going from top to bottom with headstock straight towards ceiling) 1st-Neck Volume, 2nd-Bridge Volume, 3rd-Neck Tone, 4th-Bridge Tone.

    Also, the pickups sound like the work of our new friends at G&B (in newer AL's) but I can't confirm as the D'Addario's that came stock still feel and sound fairly new. So, I'll know for sure when they dull, I remove the strings, pull the pickups, and switch to my .09-.46's.

    I feel like I'm forgetting something and will update info at my brain's earliest convenience.
     
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    Not seeing any pics from this end...is it just me?
     

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    Thank you for posting - unfortunately I can't see any of the pics.
     
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    OMG I want pictures!


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    Pics not showing up for me.
     
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    NoStratsPlease Well-Known Member

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    Lol....ok hang on duders. I see them perfectly fine, but I'm an idiot......soooo.
     
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    Pics ? you're really breaking my balls
     
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    Wow, that is wild!
     
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    @PsychoCid I believe that you can see the pic. Let me know for sure so that I can edit the OP to insert all the pics. Oh btw, fuck you Photobucket.
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Only the one in post #9 is visible. But man, that finish is something else...
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    I am suddenly reminded by the term "Exotic" in describing particular aesthetics

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    Yep

    That's beautiful ! If he got one in blue I'd be all in

    Congrats on an amazing and unique guitar !


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    OP updated for you pic fiends....
     
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    Thanks! Speaking of pics, I've got some pics of a new shipment AL-3200MCC in Blue Flame as well as an AL-3100M Blue Flame for you to see in the other thread-----if you can wait until tomorrow because my phone is dead. I may be able to scrounge up (if I still have them) some pics of an older 3010 SE black flame that I used to have.
     
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    Love those inlays. Very cool!

    HNGD!
     
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    I'm on the fence with this one. The color itself is pretty cool. Undecided about the rest, like it's some kind of cyborg guitar.
     
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    Now that I can see it....looks a lot better than the rondo stock photos. Not exactly my cup of tea but it's nice to see some new ideas from Kurt. I'm thinking this body style might look cool in say Pelham blue? Or maybe a big metalflake green or orange?
     
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