Discussion in 'Guitars' started by Horax, Apr 29, 2012.
Anybody ever compare a Xaviere 910 vs rondo's hollow body offerings?
They both have air in the middle. :naughty:
I have never played a Xaviere guitar, but from what I have read on the forums and online, best bet is to stay away.
I've heard both ways on Xavieres, some rave about what they get, some got garbage. I heard a few saw they just need a good set-up. I think you are rolling of the dice on what you get from them.
The 910 is a semi-hollow.
I have the 900 (which is also a semi-hollow, but w/ HB's)
It's one of my main go-to guitars.
It was great out of the box. No setup needed really. Plastic nut was cut right. plastic knobs on the tuners work great. GFS HB's sound great to my ears.
My Agile (AS-820) is the older style. It was great, too. I had a fret-job (plek) because it became unplayable. I think it was a popped fret, but I never really learned what the problem was. I also changed out the pickups. The ceramic HB's weren't cutting it for me. Such a great playing guitar deserved to sound better.
Both very solid....although the Agile feels a little more solid/dense.
Agile has a real baseball-bat neck. Xaviere is a lot flatter. Neither is uncomfortable. Just different.
I would rate them as equal (unpopular as that might be). But they are both older versions and don't necessarily reflect current versions of either brand.
For me... I'm blown away by the quality of both. I would hate to part with either. They are both great guitars at any price, let alone the prices I payed.
There's my $0.02
I have an XV950 full hollow body. I love that style of (like a Guild Starfire 3) guitar. Very light and the neck has just enough chunk for it to be comfortable. The frets were in good shape. There was a lot of little finish blems or what I refer to as niggles. I like the guitar a lot and would have kept it anyway. One of the issues that bothered me about mine was a blemished pickguard. It took me 4 e-mails to get a response and the response was that's just the way it is.
If you really like a particular guitar then roll the dice. You might get a good one or you might not. If it is a good one it will be a winner. I probably won't buy any more from them as there are too many other places out there that stand by their products and provide good customer service.
i have a xv-900 and I agree with B. Flash. It was pretty perfect right out of the box. I raised the action a bit and that's all I've done. Really, my best playing axe. Light and plays smooth. But I have had other Xaviers, their KEEF model and their LP Jr model. Both 'OK' at best, but the semi hollow seems to be one of the better offerings. I tried an EPI Dot as well and thought the XV900 was just a better instrument overall. P'up, Fat Pats, are good as well.
Our lead player has a Xaviere Casino clone and it's really nice actually.
Which model is the casino clone?
Not sure, I'll have to ask him.
I have an Agile AS-820, and own the Xaviere Semi-Hollow with P-90's. The Xaviere is my main playing guitar right now. I absolutely love it. FWIW I like the Agile too, and it feels more sturdy...but playability, the neck, and the pickups all exceed the Agile imo. The only issue I see would be out of the box setup is sometimes off with GFS, but mine happend to come out perfect.
good to hear from some happy Xaviere owners.
Anybody able to compare the Xaviere to the Ibanez art core line?
I have had (2) Artcores and the QC on the Ibby's blows the Xaviere out of the water however the pups on the Xaviere's have an edge over the Ibby ceramic humbies. I changed the neck on my Ibby to a Mean 90 and left the bridge humbie for some edge.
Just curious... is the 820 the old-style (335 horns) or the newer style? I changed the pickups on my 820, but I still play the play the Xaviere more. Not sure why.
Actually, my 2 main go-to electric guitars are Xavieres. Although, I'm very happy with all of my guitars!
I had an old-style AS820 that needed a fret level and dress and a a new nut. Also, after a year the plywood began to de-laminate. Had my then tech glue the plywood asbest he could, this was inside the body!!!
I got an XV910, the Casino clone(not a hollow-body, but a semi-hollow) a few years ago. nice guitar, but needed a new nut. The pre-cut nut replacement was never a good fit. A few weeks ago I had a bone nut installed. This was a pre-cut piece again, but my new tech had to do a lot of work to make it fit properly. It finally is a great playing and sounding guitar.
What do you think about the epiphone dots
The Dots I played felt kinda lifeless. And IMO the GFS p'ups sound better. But you should go and play some at the stores, you may feel differently.
The Epiphone Casino was/is a hollow body double cut.
Along the lines of the Gibson ES 330 (I had one) which was also a hollow body double cut.
The double cut things with the trapeze tailpiece that have been available at GFS for a bit are not clones of either a Casino or a 330.
They have center blocks. Making them semi-hollows.
If you've ever had an old Casino or ES330 and had a semi-hollow 335 or equivalent semi-hollow with the center block, you'll know there is a significant difference between the two configurations.
In both how they sound, react.... and the weight.
Both configurations have their places in the scheme of things.
The newer style I believe. I purchased it in 2009. It's been a great guitar, but when I got the Xaviere last year the 820 has collected dust since then. However this discussion prompted me to clean it up last night and I'll be changing strings today and running it through my new amps hoping for a revitlizing sound. I'm putting flatwounds on there in hopes of some jazz tones.
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