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Sheik Yerbouti

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It's an Agile AL-3100, just got it, intonation was spot on right out of the box. I needed (cough) a solid body guitar to balance out the guitar karma (semi-hollow Dot Studio, hollow body Casino, solid body AL-3100. I love my Epi's and if they could price point one spec'd out like this, I'd be on it like a monkey on a cupcake.

I did some research on it, and really only found glowing reviews for the AL series (3x getting the best)

Here are the spec's

 

Solid mahogany (not a multi-ply!) arch top body

High quality Spalted Canadian Maple Top (100% real wood top-not a photo top!)

Triple bound body, and headstock. Single binding on neck.

Improved Nickel plate hardware, including Nickel die-cast Grover tuners with 18-1 turning ratio for ultra fine tuning (Model 102-18N)

Two Type V Alnico humbucker pickups for warm, tradional sound

The AL-3100 comes with improved wiring (4 conductor), improved pots (now higher voltage with brass shafts for reduced noise) and an improved pickup selector switch

Two volume and two tone controls, plus a three way pickup selector switch

One piece Mahogany set neck with 13.7" (350mm) radius neck for fast play and adjustable truss rod

Ebony fretboard with 22 Jumbo frets and real Mother-Of-Pearl Trapezodial inlays

The AL-3100 features GHS strings installed at the factory and a professionally cut Graph Tech Nut

Individually hand filed frets for professional feel and playability

Width of the neck at the nut: 1 5/8"; at the 21st fret: 2 3/16"

Neck taper/thickness at the 1st fret: 21.5 mm; at the 12th fret: 23.5mm

Overall length: 40"; Scale length: 24.7"

Body thickness: 2" at edge; Width at the widest point: 13"

Bridge pole spacing is 3", and the Tail piece pole spacing is 3 1/4"

Actual Weight is only 10 lbs

 

And now the pics:

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Just breaking it in now. Fingers filthy from fresh strings, life is good.... (sorry about the glare in the pics)

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Cool, thanks. I really like the spalted (never knew that was even a word before) look, and I've always loved seeing woodgrain in furniture, guitars, etc.

Just have to go through the break in period and let it rip.

I do have a stupid question, when the guitar is on 'treble' is it normally more quiet than when it's set to rhythm? (say both vol's were set on 5)

Or do I have a faulty switch/knob?

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Don't make any comparisons unless all the controls are at 10. As soon as you change this, you add a variable and any further comparison is useless. It's normal for there to be tolerance on the pots and even if you think you have 'em both at '5' you probably don't.

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gotcha, I'll test it at 10,

and the obligitory:

 

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...

Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?

Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.

Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?

Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?

Marty DiBergi: I don't know.

Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.

Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.

Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?

Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

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I know this is an epi forum...but IMHO the Agile 3000 series on up blows the doors off of the Epi LP's in the same general price range. The hand finished frets jobs are seldom seen on inexpensive guitars. I'm thinking about tricking out 3500 myself after I finish my Joe Pass and a 77 Electra x-310 that are my current projects.

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I would fall in love with that thing if it didnt have the stump of a horn. no offense. beautiful guitar thought

 

What is "the stump of a horn"? The pickguard?

 

I have a Les Paul copy looking exactly like this one. Mine is a more accurate copy tho. :-)

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What is "the stump of a horn"? The pickguard?

 

I have a Les Paul copy looking exactly like this one. Mine is a more accurate copy tho. :-)

 

He means the cutaway...on Agiles it doesn't extend as far as the Gibson (or Epi) for getting around trademark features of the LP.

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Don't make any comparisons unless all the controls are at 10. As soon as you change this' date=' you add a variable and any further comparison is useless. It's normal for there to be tolerance on the pots and even if you think you have 'em both at '5' you probably don't.[/quote']

 

There is a definite difference in max volume between rhythm, treble. I'd say that treble is about 2/3rds about as loud at 10 than rhythm is. Also, heard some static when switching. Going to exchange it. It plays beautifully, but something is definitely wrong with either the volume pot or the switch itself.

I'll let Kurt sort that out.

DAMMIT!:)](*,)](*,)](*,) I really wanted to get home and just play.

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I'm jealous! I almost pulled the trigger on one of those too.....hows she sound?

 

Tomorrow will be the first time to tune up and listen. Outside of the box when received was OK' date=' but the inside container and the guitar itself were very cold to the touch. Today, milady rests in the back (unheated) bedroom, assimilating. I have these deep wish fullfilment needs, though, that are pulling for a Malcomesque OD, and I wouldn't kick out of bit of country clean twang, ala Merle Haggard, if it came along. I bought the guitar hoping I could get a reasonable approximation of one of those tones for a good price. If both tones are somewhere in here -- I'll have to thank Jerrymac, someday. He has so many lovely Gretsches, (and that Guild Bluesboy!) and I didn't have any.

 

OT, sorta, but its already an OT topic, sorta -- This is the first guitar I've ever bought where I "rationalized" the purchase to myself, which of course means it was the wrong decision from the start. I knew I didn't NEED another guitar, and I especially knew I shouldn't spend the money. But I [i']wanted[/i] it. Told myself I'd buy it in 6 months, if money was better. Found out (through hard - and completely objective! - self-analysis) that buying this guitar, at this time, was a good thing because I could scratch several itches at once. First - I wanted a see-the-wood solidbody. Second, I wanted something with Magna'tron pickups, and a pair would cost nearly half as much as this guitar. Third, I've never owned a guitar with a Bigsby but didn't want to add one to an existing guitar, just because I might not like it. Finally, it went on sale just after I paid a HUGE tax debt and I needed something to pull me out of that annual depression (and I'm supposed to get a rebate of $300? Well, its money I didn't count on and it pays 75% of the guitar's sale price). How do you guys justify yourselves?

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