I know not many here care, but thought it was interesting.
True. Had an awesome Baritone guitar from there. Wish I never would have sold it.Hmm...I’ve owned two Agiles and both were really well made. Both manufactured by WMI South Korea, and really, the only reason I got rid of them was because I had too much stuff and I got rid of my off-brand stuff.
Nah -- I think Kurt has simply been in the business long enough and is looking to retire. Agile as a brand won't change hands until there's enough money involved. Agile prices have (and will continue) to rise, but they still represent an enormous value compared to what gets sold at that price in the walk-in stores. There's really only the brand itself to sell; the business apparently operates out of a couple of tin sheds in New Hampshire with a handful of people moving boxes from containers to shed to shipping. Kurt's personal goodwill with cheap shipping and an awesome return policy isn't included. Nor is his willingness to try something at the edges of the mainstream.There's such an abundance of "name" instruments and higher end instruments, and people in North America by and large still have money to buy those, and this IMO deflates the value of a brand such as Agile.
Couple this with the inevitable increase in labor costs in the parts of Asia these guitars are made in, and IMO there's a problem. And that's why, the attempt to sell out.
That's really interesting. I bought two lp copies in 2004/5 from them, both AL2000. The first one was great, I wish I still had it (although it was very heavy) and the second one didn't have much for it. Nothing felt or sounded right, a complete piece of junk. So to me they were, back then, pretty much 50/50... can't believe they would've declined quality-wise in 15 years, otherwise they'd have stopped selling.What really tickles me is that there's actually been inklings of an Agile "vintage" movement, claiming that earlier versions (what, fifteen years old?) are somehow better than the current batch, yada yada, and there are yearnings for guitar models, like the AL-3000 and AL-2000, which are no longer available new, and which are actually seeing a slight rise in their value used.
Not sure why you think not many here care...lots of Agile fans here on TGP . I've owned a dozen or so over the years (and still have a few I will NEVER part with), fantastic guitars at dirt cheap prices. This isn't new though, the brand's been for sale for about six months now.I know not many here care, but thought it was interesting.