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Audiofanzine FR 10/20/2008

Agile AL-3100 : Audiofanzine FR's user review


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(Originally written by Shredchris/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

Made in Korea. 22 frets. Stop tailpiece / tune-o-matic bridge, 2 volume controls, 2 tone controls, 3-way toggle switch. In short, it's a Les Paul. It has the features of a Les Paul Custom with mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard. Binding on the body (top and back), the neck and the head. Vintage design, nothing has been modernized so I could give it a lower mark, but it's just not possible...


The neck factory setting is very good: no rattling strings, low action and very stable tuning. Access to the upper frets is marvelous if have fingers 30" long... In other case, it's virtually unplayable from the 19th fret on, like every Les Paul. But we don't buy them for that. The original sound is excellent, the pickups do a good job and provide that special Les Paul sound character. Nevertheless, considering the manufacturing quality, I feel that the guitar could sound better with high-end pickups. But I won't take off points for this reason because the original setup does its job very good (much better than other guitars often equipped with awful pickups).


THE LES PAUL sound. The real one. Not a bad copy. The manufacturing quality is nearly comparable to original Gibson models. The quality of this copy reminds me of the old Tokai and Ibanez Lawsuit from the 70's.


Time will tell if the guitar gets better with aging but I'm pretty confident. With such a simple design aging often has surprisingly good consequences. Right now the guitar sounds really good and it ought to be better in the future. I will soon order a second one and another one in January. I'm sure that this guitar is an excellent investment and it matches my music taste (and also my budget). It will be difficult to find anything similar in its price range and what's more, it can even compete with guitars four times as expensive... I give it... 10/10!