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Okay...so i was surfing around Rondo's sight the other day looking at their guitars, and i noticed a new addition to the bunch. That guitar is the Agile AL-3000M HSB...which is essentially exactly the same spec wise as the AL-3000, except for the addition of a "Solid 3/4"+ Maple Cap." According to the site, the cap "improves overall sound quality (increases brightness of the guitar)."


AL-3000m HSB:
http://www.rondomusic.com/al3000mhsb.html

The AL Spec Sheet:
http://www.rondomusic.com/alspec.html

Notice the specs are the EXACT same except for the Cap. Does a 3/4" Maple Cap really make a tonal difference worth $110?
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i don't even know what a cap is. this may be a noob question, but seriously what is it?
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Quote by athlete1
i don't even know what a cap is. this may be a noob question, but seriously what is it?

it's wood glued onto the front of the guitar.
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my best guess would be they mean a maple top... the top wood of the guitar...


and turns out I'm right...

# 3/4" thick maple cap improves overall sound quality (increases brightness of the guitar)
# The Maple cap sits over the 1 1/2” 2 piece solid Mahogany body with binding.

look at the pix... you see how the top is a flamed maple and the back is mahogany?
rondo calls a guitar top a cap it seems
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Quote by Senada
Okay...so i was surfing around Rondo's sight the other day looking at their guitars, and i noticed a new addition to the bunch. That guitar is the Agile AL-3000M HSB...which is essentially exactly the same spec wise as the AL-3000, except for the addition of a "Solid 3/4"+ Maple Cap." According to the site, the cap "improves overall sound quality (increases brightness of the guitar)."


AL-3000m HSB:
http://www.rondomusic.com/al3000mhsb.html

The AL Spec Sheet:
http://www.rondomusic.com/alspec.html

Notice the specs are the EXACT same except for the Cap. Does a 3/4" Maple Cap really make a tonal difference worth $110?


your not paying for the tonal difference your paying for the fact that it's flamed, it's most asthetic, yes there will be a slight tonal difference, but no one will hear it.
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Quote by Senada
Notice the specs are the EXACT same except for the Cap. Does a 3/4" Maple Cap really make a tonal difference worth $110?


If you want the guitar to be ever-so-slightly brighter and insist that it to be built the same basic way as a Gibson Les Paul Standard it would be worth it.

If you want to get the most guitar for the money and have a few bucks left over for fancy pickups it would not be worth it.

Are ultra minor tonal differences important to you? Worth $110? You tell us.
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If you want the guitar to be ever-so-slightly brighter and insist that it to be built the same basic way as a Gibson Les Paul Standard it would be worth it.

If you want to get the most guitar for the money and have a few bucks left over for fancy pickups it would not be worth it.

Are ultra minor tonal differences important to you? Worth $110? You tell us.



Well if the tonal differences are that minor, then no, i suppose its not worth $110 to me.

I appreciate all the answers, now i just wish GC would start carrying these puppies so i could try one before buying
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No no no, that 3/4" of maple DOES make a difference. It's one of the reasons a Gibson LP sounds different from an Epi LP.
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No no no, that 3/4" of maple DOES make a difference. It's one of the reasons a Gibson LP sounds different from an Epi LP.



But my question is, is the "minor" difference the cap makes worth $110??
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IMO, yes.
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I appreciate all the answers, now i just wish GC would start carrying these puppies so i could try one before buying

But that's the reason why they're so cheap.
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#12
hey how are agile guitars? i really like how affordable they are in comparison to epiphones and gibsons. this forum seems to really like Agiles too
About $100 cheaper than a Epiphone Les Paul Standard, it really seems like a good deal
Also how does the AL-2000 compare with the AL-3000?
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Quote by aznrockerdude
But that's the reason why they're so cheap.



Ah alas you are correct. I suppose i'll just have to put my faith in the good people at Rondo and hope they deliver me a guitar that sounds as amazing as it looks.

Btw, just for the curious, i'll probably be going for the Al-3000M, an extra $110 isn't a bad price to get a good Gibby-like guitar...especially compared to an extra 3 or 4 hundred for a Gibby LP Standard.