Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SXLuvr, Sep 28, 2019.
At this point, I'm conceding the race....
Rondo is the exclusive US/NA distributor for SX. They do have a lot more models if you look at their website but i believe those are for the European and Asian market and quite a bit more expensive that the ones Rondo carries...
Aguitarforum used to be agileguitarforum here. Agile is the rondomusic house brand and they also carried SX, douglas, brice and hadean. I believe rondo was the only authorized US distributor for SX and the others and as the guitar market saturates and he is moving to 7+ string guitars we dont have the selection we used to have.. You can get others models in europe and asia.
So even though the name here has diversified you will get a lot of Agile praise here. Its a little echo-y chamber and self referential but only a little. The SX guitars can be a bit of a fixer upper but with some great options at great prices but agiles are genuinely great budget guitars. Just not as budget as some of the old timers remember.
I consider the sx to be an excellent build platform. A lot of bang for the buck, but I expect to be upgrading things to make them really great. The Agile will generally come needing nothing to be an excellent player, with changes only needed as preferred. Both are excellent options at their perspective price points, just expect to tweak the sx a bit more.
Funny question. My first thought was you were trolling us It just shows how much we have drifted from rondo centric content here that someone could be here half a year and not catch that. Welcome to our weird part time fixation. No need to be involved in that part to enjoy yourself here.
I knew Rondo was the source for Agile guitars, but it seems they are primarily LP style. I'm in the market for a used, cheap strat or Tele and happened to see a good review on YT for SX VGT or Alder styles. So I tried to find them online without success. So thanks for the info. Leaning towards an MIM (think I can grab one for $300 if patient) but open to other possibilities.
My fav tele is an old SX model, that is completely modded out now. If I were looking at Fender, I would look at the Classic Vibe models, I actually prefer them to the MIM teles.
Anyone know the difference between "VGT" vs. "Vintage" vs. "Standard" on the SX models?
Here are a couple available on Reverb.
These are pretty cheap. Any steals here? Thoughts would be appreciated.
SX VTG Series S-Type Green https://reverb.com/item/28228232-sx-vtg-series-s-type-green?utm_source=android-app&utm_medium=share
Sx Vintage series t electric guitar Butterscotch https://reverb.com/item/26852717-sx...cotch?utm_source=android-app&utm_medium=share
SX Tele (STL50+ ?) style customized ! Lake Placid Blue https://reverb.com/item/27521580-sx...-blue?utm_source=android-app&utm_medium=share
SX STANDARD SERIES ELECTRIC GUITAR SUNBURST https://reverb.com/item/26897703-sx...burst?utm_source=android-app&utm_medium=share
I dont think any of those are steals, could make offer.
Generally the basswood body solid poly finisher were around $99-109 I think back in 2015 ish.
What they call basswood is very soft; I wish I had gone for the alder models.
These looks like pretty good offerings:
The fretwork and nut especially can be hit or miss.
tuners were usable, ok I guess.
Make your own judgement on trem
electronics are cheap but fine until they are not.
pickups are subjective but there are plenty out there.
a used MIM for the right price is always a good route as well.
EDIT: and Squier Classic Vibes as was said
If you want something you dont need to screw with and you like a plain vanilla fender then a mim or squier are just too good , cheap and available to ignore. No one is goinf to beat fender at being fender. I find them too pedestrian but I already have a great one. If you want to (possibly) save some money, get a different color or have interesting wood or pickup combinations. Want a flatter radius or a chunkier neck and dont mind a different looking head. And are willing to do a bit of work (sometimes) an SX is great. You can order a big selection on gutarcenter used site. Money back if it has a problem. Same warranty protection as rondo when new.
Where can you find a Ash bodied squier fender with killer fit and finish for $120
This is one of the old stl 50 models. The early ones can be identified by the staggered string ferrules, and the old style headstock. As far as I know, all the early models were solid alder with the exception of the ash models. Only later did they start using basswood on the base models. Nothing against basswood, but I always prefer a harder wood if possible.
And here is the unmodified version.
A few of my SX guitars starting with the (alder) $99 LPB SX SST62...
How about an (alder) Butterscotch Blonde $68 SX STL50 ?
Well, Rondo called it Butterscotch Blonde?
Or my all time favorite the (maple) $125 SX GG7.
That is the one in my avatar just a different view...
Rondo's stock varies up & down all over the place.
The cardinal rule with Rondo is: If it is in stock and you want it
BUY IT NOW!
How do you beat this for $200 shipped
Heres my 2 ash sx strats
To the right is my tobacco burst sx ash tele. Behind that is my douglas thinline. Both about $160 new.
If im going to put some extra money and work into a cheaper guitar I'd rather put it into these nice wood, beautiful ash body, flame necked beauties. Not just another black, red or white squier.
Mmmmmm, luv me some SX!
Please ignore the poseur Squier tele that snuck in. But forgive my Douglas tele... he's family. LOL
Mmmmmm, luv me some SX!
Oooops! A Xaviere thinline snuck in there too!
And that's why you spend a few bucks more to get the beautiful wood grain models. You need to spend 1k at fender to get a decent siennaburst, 1500 at gibson or maybe 4 to 600 usually at a 2nd tier company.
Couldn't agree more. All one has to do is look at some of our members SXes
I have several as well and with a little tlc they really turn out well
one of mine...
They ARE excellent platforms for doin' stuff, like...
(Those have guitarfetish kits installed that allow you to turn each pup on individually AND choose it's polarity, what most call "phase". The one on the left connects the pups in series and the one on the right in parallel)
But honestly, I have a few that I kept stock, because I liked them that much. In fact, what really happened was I modded one of my ash SX strats with Alnico pups and missed the sound of the stock ceramics, so I bought another... to keep the stock pups in!
Different strokes for different folks.
Geez, I'm blown away! Do you guys have wives (or any money left)? How do you get away with having that many Strat's and Tele's in your inventory? I know they're cheap, but with mods and everything it has to add up. You must need a small warehouse to store them?
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