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  • SX, Douglas Agile - what gives?

    SX, Douglas, Agile guitars - obviously cheap imports, but how are the electronics, build quality, etc...
    They have a few guit's I like the look of, but will I need to mod the hell out of them?
    1984 Gibson Explorer with Kahler, 2006 Gibson Faded SG , 1994 Hamer Special, 1982 Squier Japan Strat, 1958 Harmony Monterey , 2000 Fender Telecoustic Paisley, Univox Ripper, Fullerton Movibe HH , Fernandes Darth Vader Nomad, 2 Squier mod 51's, Traben Limited edition Bass, Dean Baby ML, Westone superstrat, Fender TC-90, Schecter 006
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  • #2
    That depends. Are you expecting an above average for the price entry level guitar or are you expecting something that competes with Fender Custom Shop models and Gibson Historics?

    For the most part, get the guitar, slap in some GFS or used Duncan/Dimarzio/Fender/Gibson pickups and probably a new nut and most of them are pretty enjoyable guitars still for less than what a Squier or Epi would cost new. Some of the higher end Agiles are probably decent in stock form.
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    • #3
      That depends. Are you expecting an above average for the price entry level guitar or are you expecting something that competes with Fender Custom Shop models and Gibson Historics?

      For the most part, get the guitar, slap in some GFS or used Duncan/Dimarzio/Fender/Gibson pickups and probably a new nut and most of them are pretty enjoyable guitars still for less than what a Squier or Epi would cost new. Some of the higher end Agiles are probably decent in stock form.


      this pretty much sums it up.
      SX and Douglas won't exceed any MIA Fenders or the like, but you should be surprised for the price.
      Originally Posted by Frets99


      All guitars cost $300.
      What you pay depends on the headstock.

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      • #4
        I really like the 3 sx's I have... 2 of them I bought used for under $100, and upgraded w/pickups, switches, nuts, etc... they play great (great neck profile and frets).

        That said, you get what you pay for. Be prepared to do some work to make players out of 'em.
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        • #5
          all guitars on this dokken cover clip were done on a SX LP copy and a microcube. timing is a bit off, i know - no flames please.

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          • #6
            SX, Douglas: Chinese cheapies made to relatively rigid specs. Comparable to Squiers, low-end Yamahas, etc.

            Agile: Korean-made guitars built exclusively by contract with Rondo. Comparable to your better models from Epiphone, Gretch, etc.

            I've had many used ones pass through my hands, but what stops me from ever ordering a new one is that I *hate* buying sight-unseen, no matter how many times I would be allowed to exchange until I cherry-picked a winner. I don't like parting with money for a guitar I haven't played yet.

            Also, I hardly ever buy new guitars anymore. A little careful Craigslist sniping and/or pawnshop scavenging generally can get you a lot more guitar for the dollar.
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            • #7
              I was gonna reply to this thread... then I read it and saw I already did.

              Still have my 3 SX's. They have the best necks of all the cheapies out there.
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              • #8

                they are completely **************** guitars dont waste ur money on it mate..electronics wood everything on those guitars are completly crap believe me!!!get a prs se and u cannot go wrong..guitars i got jackson rx 10d flying v andy rhodes seymour duncan distortion on bridge,fender deluxe lonestar humbucker,2 texas single coils,seymour duncan pearly gates bridge,prs se tremonti, amazing guitar nice stock pick ups G&B,amp peavey bandit 112 transtube,effects -hardwire metal distortion tl-2 digitech great pedal...cheap guitars like agile rondo douglas etc are ****************tttttttttttttt nice to make a fire..

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                • soundcreation
                  soundcreation commented
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                  jose00 wrote:

                  they are completely **************** guitars dont waste ur money on it mate..electronics wood everything on those guitars are completly crap believe me!!!get a prs se and u cannot go wrong..guitars i got jackson rx 10d flying v andy rhodes seymour duncan distortion on bridge,fender deluxe lonestar humbucker,2 texas single coils,seymour duncan pearly gates bridge,prs se tremonti, amazing guitar nice stock pick ups G&B,amp peavey bandit 112 transtube,effects -hardwire metal distortion tl-2 digitech great pedal...cheap guitars like agile rondo douglas etc are ****************tttttttttttttt nice to make a fire..


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              • #9
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                • humbuckerstrat
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                  I luv my 2 SXes, but like someone said before, be prepared to do some work on them. I replaced the single-locking FR on mine with an OFR. And you can replace the stock locking nuts in them with OFR locking nuts because the mounting holes are the same. Same thing with the string retainers.

                   

                  On the black one, which has an angled headstock, I had to take off the truss rod cover so that the strings could pass under the string retainer. No biggie, really. And it has a Floyd Rose Special, which is about half of what an OFR costs. But the specs are exactly the same, and you can replace the saddles with OFR saddles if you need to.

                   

                  SX Strat with Floyd.jpg

                   

                  SX STD.jpg

                   

                  Like someone said before, the really important things, like the neck and frets (which really can't be modded without spending a ton of money), are awesome right out of the box.

                   

                  Also, on the SST OWL Strat (the light blue one), I had to solder a loose output jack wire. That wasn't too big of a problem either, when i found out why the sound was cutting out sometimes.

                  If you don't mind monkeying around with your guitars, SXes are a good, inexpensive platform.

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