Take a look around the internet guitar forums and you will find that Agile guitars by Rondomusic are considered one of the best Les Paul Copy guitars you can buy. The Al-1900 is the entry level Agile into the Les Paul copy world. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money but you just want some good quality cheap guitars that play and look like a dream than
You get die cast Gover 18 to 1 ratio tuners, wax potted ceramic humbucker pickups, a solid mahogany guitar body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, trapezoidal inlays and a stop-bar tailpiece transfers string vibration to the body of the guitar and produces superior sustain.
The Al-1900’s come in a variety of finishes from goldtop, tobacco sunburst, flametop, rootbeer to cherry sunburst. Fit and finish is top notch. From time to time Rondomusic even offers certain Al-1900’s with P90 pickups.
These Al’s range in price from around $200 to $225. Great guitars to just play around with or mod the heck out of if you want because they are such cheap guitars. There are plenty of guitar part sites and stores out there where you can purchase pickup upgrades, wiring upgrades and so forth if that is what you like doing.
The headstock of the Al-1900 is plain in terms of the detail on it. I have read on some forums about people saying that they replaced the nut on the guitar for better playability. Others talk about having the frets filed down. Personally, on my Al-1900 I haven’t done a single modification to it. For me, the guitar played fine right out of the box. I haven’t really noticed any issues with the nut or the frets. Full disclosure, I am not a professional guitar player, but I know what I like and this guitar just feels good to play, it stays in tune and the pickups sound pretty darn good! Also if you click on any of the Rondomusic.com links on this site and buy a guitar I get a commission. This is my way of making some extra cash so I can buy some more Agile’s!
As far as the finish of the guitar goes I really couldn’t see any deficiencies with my Al-1900. The guitar looked beautiful and felt solid. The lacquer is thick and shiny. With the goldtop I read that some people have said that the shade of gold is not quite to their liking when compared to a real Gibson. When I look at my guitar I can kind of see what those people mean but it was only a couple hundred bucks and if you really don’t like it there are lots of different colors and finishes to choose from.
Do I have anything really negative to say about the Al-2000? Not really. Obviously it’s not a Gibson, but I would certainly put it up against some of the Epiphone’s. And besides, if you were in the market for a Gibson you wouldn’t be reading this right now. These are just great Les Paul copy guitars. I have had my Al-1900 for a couple of years now and I am still incredibly happy with it.
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