Price paid: $ 280
Purchased from: Rondomusic.com
Features: This guitar is basically a Valkyrie III with 24 frets and a Licensed Floyd Rose Tremolo. It is often mistaken as a Gibson SG knockoff but it is actually designed to resemble the old Guild S-100. The body is I believe one piece of Mahogany even though the specs say it's three. The Neck is Hard Maple lacquered to resemble Mahogany. There is a nice bound Rosewood fretboard that has a nice texture and straight grain. The Pickups are Passive Agile Ceramics. They are fairly high output too. There is two volume controls as well as two Tone controls. The only outstanding feature is the trem and number of frets. I will delve into the trem at the Action, Fit and Finish section. // 9
Sound: I play mostly Prog, Indie stuff. This guitar has a very nice full, round sound. I just A/B'd it with a Gibson SG Standard for about an hour. The SG has a brighter tone and a bit more bite. The Val definitely sounds as good, just different. I use this through a DigiTech GNX2 to a Marshall JCM800 2203 with a Randall 412 Cabinet. There is definitely good sounds coming through this setup. I am very pleased with the tone and sustain through the trem. As usual, the Floyd will help you with the always entertaining elephant and pterodactyl noises and is a genuine treat to use. // 9
Action, Fit & Finish: This is where the cheap guitars tend to start slipping. When the guitar arrived, everything was messed up.
- Floyd Action too high, tension springs not balanced.
- knife edges were quite dull!
- The Locking nut needed a shim.
I recommend anyone Who cannot properly service a guitar to take this to a technician for a proper setup. After filing/sanding the edges, adjusting the action and tension and the shims, this guitar plays wonderfully. The neck is especially awesome as the frets were properly filed and placed. The finish is great. It is a see through Wine color that can change to a Gison Brown under Incandescent light. Very cool. There are a few "flaws" where the finish overlaps the binding by maybe a half millimeter, but I nor anyone else cares. It plays and sounds good. // 7
Reliability & Durability: The Finish is rock hard stable. I have dropped it a few times and have yet to see a scratch or dent. My other Valkyrie which I have had for over two years only has one dent/crack, and it was a pretty hard hit. The hardware is another story. The Floyd probably won't last more than two years. that's plenty of time to save up for a Orginal Floyd Rose. Strap Buttons on Agiles are huge! The screws are long and will probably hold the guitar better than some locking ones. I have depended on my old Valkyrie III for dozens of shows and I hold this one up to the same Standard. It will survive the toughest show. // 8
Overall Impression: For under $300 shipped this guitar is a steal. Period. You can complain about the trem but you have to keep in mind that this guitar costs a hundred dollars more than an Original Floyd. I would pay $300 for the wood. it's an awesome value and I would highly recommend it to anyone Who is looking for a unique and reliable guitar for cheap. // 9