Hawker review by Agile

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.6 Good
  • Users' score: 7.7 (7 votes)
Agile: Hawker
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Price paid: $ 299

Purchased from: Rondo Music

Sound — 8
This guitar is really versatile; you can play almost every genre out there. The cleans are really warm and articulate, and the guitar still retains clarity even on high gain settings. I play primarily metal, and my first concern was if the pickups have bad feedback. The results: none. This guitar has virtually no feedback at all. My only criticism for the pickups is that they can't handle super high gain settings or really low tunings, but let's face it: you wouldn't buy a guitar like that if you intended on playing Cannibal Corpse or Nile. I drop tune to D standard, and it works fine, but I think that's the lowest you can go before the clarity becomes compromised. I personally favor the sound of seymour duncans, and I will be replacing the stock pickups with them, but the stock ones are quite good considering I paid 300 bucks.

Overall Impression — 8
I'll admit I was quite skeptical when looking through rondo music.com, because I've dealt with low cost guitars, and they were absolute nightmares. But I decided, the hell with it, I'll give Agile a shot, and I am not dissapointed in the slightest. The Agile Hawker is a fantastic guitar on premise, and the price just makes it that much better. I would definetely recommend buying one, because the flaws I listed are quite meanial in regards to the big picture.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I believe that this guitar will withstand live playing very well, the thing is built very solidly, and has a decent weigh to it. The strap buttons will definetely last, but if you go nuts with your stage presence, I would suggest strap locks. The hardware also seems very solid. The finish seems very solid too; I have no doubts that this guitar will serve me well for a long time to come.

Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Here's where the issues arise: the setup wasn't very good, but you have to take this info with a grain of salt: I paid 300 bucks for it, after all. The action was nice and low, but the fret buzz was quite bad, specifically at the 3rd, 5th and 12th fret. After a good setup, however, I have absolutely no fret buzz, which leads me to believe that the frets were aligned properly. The pickups were adjusted perfectly. The only flaw I noticed was the paint around the neck heel could've been done a bit better, but it's literally impossible to notice unless you are within a foot of the guitar. It was only after my visual inspection did I notice this, and honestly, I couldn't really care less.

Features — 8
This is a 10 model from rondo music; it looks like an offset PRS guitar. -Made: In korea -24 frets, 24.75" scale, extra jumbo, neck feels like a thinner Schecter, rosewood finger boards, pearloid dot inlays -Mahogany body, maple neck, quilted maple top -finish: amber burst Bridge: Tune-o-matic Passive Electronics Volume, tone, toggle pickups: 2 Agile no name humbuckers tuners: grover The picture really does it no justice; the finish looks amazing. The features are top notch; the only thing I would change is the pickups.

18 comments sorted by best / new / date

    DualReaver
    i've read nothing but good things about agile guitars, they seem pretty tight
    BrokenDstring
    Rondo music is amazing and the Agile guitars play like they are worth $500+ but they cost a fraction of that. If you haven't checked out rondo music you really should. Great review!
    ocguitarplayer
    I have an Agile "Les Paul Gold Top" copy and I love it. I own 3 Gibson Les Pauls and find this knock off to be a sweet and solid copy. The cost is 1/5th of what I paid for my Gibsons. Agile ROCKS ! ! !
    flashreaper
    mrrman wrote: nice guitars...rondo music has a pretty mickey mouse website though....looks pretty crappy
    I agree completely; they should really revamp the website. they'd probably get more customers
    Ziggle
    Been looking hard at this one, the AL-3xxx, and the TC-630. I may wait on this, but I think I'm going to pull the trigger on the other two next week. Past experience with Agile and SX have been very positive, and I'm having a tough time swallowing MIM prices these days. What ya get ain't worth what ya pay, IMHO. I wouldn't be too hard on Rondo's website. Yeah, it's about ten years behind in terms of navigation, but Rondo isn't a big dog. People wonder how they could possibly have prices so low, but it looks like they're able to keep them low by keeping their overhead low. Things like flashy websites and store fronts tend to put a dent in profits. Sounds to me like Kurt is just a wise business man. That said, lol, yeah, I hate navigating the guitars by price only...I think they need to budget a new webmaster for FY 11.
    flashreaper
    evan-simpson22 wrote: ok question, do they even sell Agile guitars in Canada, cause i want one but i have NO ideas on where to friggin find one
    The only distributor in North America for agile guitars is rondomusic.com; they are based in New Hampshire. You have to order them online, and they ship in about a week. For the record, the dude on ebay who sells them there is the same guy who runs rondomusic.com
    evan-simpson22
    ok question, do they even sell Agile guitars in Canada, cause i want one but i have NO ideas on where to friggin find one
    mrrman
    nice guitars...rondo music has a pretty mickey mouse website though....looks pretty crappy
    J.J.G.
    oosabaj wrote: anyone ever thought that there should be a sound sample function for reviews?
    it already exists. you can see it in some pedals reviews if you search
    oosabaj
    anyone ever thought that there should be a sound sample function for reviews?
    EpiExplorer
    Lavely. PRS knockoff is a PRS knockoff. So.. I dont really have much to say o.O Probably sounds nothing like Opeth though.
    nsiress
    I've had this guitar for about 2-years now. and I still absolutely LOVE it! It's still my favorite one to play. the sound is thick & rich, good for that satriani sound. I got the blue flame, which looks much better in person.Mine has the Floyd rose bridge and it stays rock solid in tune forever. and has the les-paul arch top style. which I've grown to love, makes it easy to play. You can't go wrong with an agile. very solid well made guitar for the price.