The Agile AL-3000 guitar is an upgrade from the Agile AL-2000 series, providing more high-end features in a very convenient price range. This is a great instrument for a guitar player looking for an economic guitar while maintaining quality and features. Read our Agile Al-3000 review.
Similar to other Agile Les Paul models, the Agile AL-3000 competes in the niche of the entry level Gibsons, Epiphones and other similar products. These guitars are a step up form the 2000 series, with prices going from $389 to $499 for the higher-end 3200 models.
In previous reviews we said the the 2000’s were great guitars for beginners or first time buyers because of their great value/price relation. The 3000 also fit in that category, since they are still cheaper that most entry level competitors (we are talking Epis here) and provide a couple of upgrades from the Agile AL-2000.
Currently, Rondo Music has release a few models of this series: AL-3000, AL-3010 (SE, Special Edition, is the more often produced), AL-3100 (a.k.a. the M model), AL-3110, AL-3125, AL-3200 and AL-3210.
One thing to consider regarding the Agile AL-3000 guitars is that stock varies, sometimes there are more versions of a specific model than another, say the 3010 and the 3100, so if you find one that is of your liking you should not wait too much because it could become unavailable at any time, and it can take a while before restocking happens.
Agile AL-2000 vs Agile AL-3000
If it were only pure cosmetic differences, meaning not only with the AL-2000 but also between the different AL-3000 models, we would not advice to go for the most expensive product, but there is more to it. For the small price increment the Agile AL-3000 and its many variations are a big step up, and at this point is where Agile guitars start to distinguish themselves as a great value. For the ~$500 price tag of this guitar you will not find anything close to what this guitar features.
So, what do you get for the extra buck ? Among other differences (and depending on the 3000 model you choose):
A real Maple top (vs mahogany in the 2000)
Ebony fretboard ! (vs rosewood, this is seriously amazing for a guitar of this price)
Beautiful triple bindings (vs single)
Alnico pups (vs standard ceramic covered)
A lot more, check the full features below.
Check The Agile AL-3000 in detail
Models in the 3000 series
Some versions available for the AL-3000 series (all models included) are:
Agile AL-3010SE in beautiful Natural Spalted. See it !!
Agile AL-3010 HSBF slim. Check it !!
Agile AL-3200 Blue Flame here !!
For a full list of all available models and variations, check our special Agile AL-3000 page.
There also some 7-string models available, see our Agile 7-string guitars review.
Agile AL-3000 full feature list
(highlighted improvements from the 2000 series)
Solid mahogany, 2 piece center jointed
1/16″ AA Maple top for the standard models, 3/4″ Maple top for the M model, and high quality Canadian Maple top for the higher models
Triple binding for body (on the M model)
Single binding for neck and head
Alnico V pickups
Grover 102-18C tuners
2 volume pots
2 tone pots
Improved wiring and electronics. High voltage pots.
1 piece mahogany neck
Abalone or Mother of pearl (M models and up) inlays
24 3/4″ scale
Jumbo hand filled frets
Graph Tech NVS2 (M model and up) or Cepheus T-003 wide throw TOM bridge
Graph Tech Tusq nut
To keep in mind
If you are a serial guitar buyer/seller, bear in mind that although we recommend these guitars over any other brand in this price range, as the Agile brand is not so famous it might be a little harder to sell it than some other brands, even if the product is superior.
If you read other reviews in some forums you will find that some people buy this guitar for modding, some upgrade the pups, some upgrade the nut, still most of the reviews say it is a great guitar out of the box, and does not need anything else.
In a nutshell
On a general overview, the agile 3000 is a great and versatile guitar. For the beginner, provides and outstanding quality at a very convenient price. For the intermediate and expert player, it provides a more affordable alternative, if you are not a “brand junkie”, while setting high standards of quality.
We said, in the Agile AL-2000 review, that there was no contest at that price range, that is even more notorious with the Agile Al-3000, with features directly competing with Gibsons that can cost 4x as much. If you can afford the price don’t hesitate, and go for an Agile Al-3000 model. It’s well worth the effort since you’re getting a superior product, and in the long run you won’t regret spending a little extra.