Wtb: Agile As-820 Or As-1000

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    I’ve always been a brand snob. If it wasn’t Fender or Gibson, I didn’t have any interest. Then my boss let me borrow one of his Agile AL-2000’s and I was blown away. Within a week I found an AL-3100 locally and bought it.

    I missed my chance on an AS-820 (to the same boss that turned me on to Agile.) I’ve been looking for a few weeks now and have had no luck. I’ve always wanted a semi-hollow and if the 820’s and 1000’s are anywhere near as nice as my 3100, I will be ecstatic.

    I’ve never purchased a guitar without playing it, but in this case I’m willing to take a chance. Color doesn’t matter. Any leads would be greatly appreciated


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    I went & looked at a 1000 for sale on CL. Yes, typical Agile quality. The neck was thinner than I was expecting.

    Be patient & 1 will turn up.
     
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    Mine is an exceptionally well made guitar that plays and sounds great. It has a few minor cosmetic flaws that don't bother me a bit. Not gonna let mine go, but good luck with your search and welcome to AGF.

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    I have a custom AS1000 that I grabbed from GC for $200 and it is hands down my favorite Agile that I've ever had. Good luck with your search, and I highly recommend you go for a 1000 over a 820 model :).

    Keep an eye on GC used, Reverb, and Ebay. They do pop up.

    Oh, and I also sold every Gibson I ever had but still have 4 Agiles. Just sayin'!
     
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    I would rate the AS-1000 & the Harm1 as the two best Agiles I have met.

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    Thanks for the info. I hadn’t considered checking Guitar Center for used stuff so that’s another possibility.

    I guess I should add that I’m not opposed to the Harm or the Cool Cat. Those both seem a little easier to find. I just like the double cutaway look on the two AS guitars


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    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Agile/Cool-Cat-Hollow-Body-Electric-Guitar.gc

    There ya go! Not an killer price but definitely decent and these particular ones are fairly rare (and has a case included too).

    This is a different animal than the AS models though.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Do not buy a CoolCat without playing it. They are physically larger than a D-28 Martin or a J-45 Gibson.
    Also, they have a 1 5/8" neck. Most jazzboxes like that have a 1 11/16" neck or larger, with 1 3/4" most common,
    at least that has been my experience.
     
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    Did not realize they were THAT big. I’ll have to see if I can find one to try out.


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    You are very unlikely to find one locally to try out, but honestly GC's Used Gear site is a risk free endeavor. Their return policy is as easy as it gets, you can return it for any reason to your local store within 45 days for a full refund. If something is wrong with the guitar (aka not just "I didn't like the neck shape"), you get a 100% refund. If it's just that you didn't vibe with it, you lose only the shipping cost which is like $20.

    Small price to pay to essentially rent a guitar for 1.5 months :).
     
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    I'd rate both of my AS 820s as favorably as my newer MIC Epiphone Casino.

    I've since sold both to different members here. One was a standard neck, the other was a wide.

    They are rare to appear in the wild (even scarcer if lefty...).

    Set up searches on eBay, Reverb, Guitar Center, Music Go Round, etc. or you likely will not find one.

    However, GC Used is by far the safest option for used gear. That return policy is badass.


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    When I first saw the ad for the local 820, I had no idea how hard it was to find one. My boss got it, with a hard case, for $180. I have since offered $200+ and he declined. He’s got tons of guitars, and he claims this is his favorite.

    I’ve setup search notifications just about everywhere I can. I may have to try that coolcat on gc used. Never thought about their return policy being that lenient


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    I've got two AS820's and an AS1000. They are very good guitars.
     
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    Nice, yeah I saw that those were back! I would still personally opt for the GC one if going that route, since it comes with a case at about $400 shipped versus probably about $600 for this one w/case (and the GC one has the benefit of a super easy return).

    I also like the natural finish much more than the orange, but of course that's just personal preference.
     
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    Greg if you are interested in a Full Hollow and ever see a Douglas WNO 640 at a good price don't hesitate. May take a little work like a new nut etc., but the end result is well worth it.
     
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    I think I saw one of those on Rondo. I was a bit curious about it, but I’m afraid that will be a bit to big for my liking (similar to the cool cat).

    I may end up going the GC route and having that cool cat shipped. I would like to see the size of that thing and determine if it’s too big for my liking.

    Thanks for all the info and replies everyone. Just because I may end up with this cool cat does not mean I don’t want the 820 or 1000. I spent last night checking Craigslist for my entire state, and the three surrounding states. Not a single one popped up


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    Yep, the WNO-640 is roughly the same size as the CoolCat.
     
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    If you see an Agile AS-2000, you may like it. They feel like an AL 3xxx. Pretty much built like an Al3xxx, but have had the semi-hollows routed out of the mahogany body. They have a solid maple arch top.
    Not the same sound as a laminate semi-hollow. IE, AS-1000 and Gibson ES-335 is all laminate, Gibson CS-336 is solid woods with routed semi-hollow.

    You may need both types of semi-hollow.
     
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    You will need at least those. And more.
     
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