Originally Posted by quiksilverdew
No they have real tops. The Agile flame and quilt tops range from 1/16" to 3/4", depending on what you are paying.
Oh, I never knew that! Well I take it this would be around the 3/4" mark, for the Interceptor Pro is the highest end 7 string they make.
Originally Posted by NeverPurified
Is this really the deal? I've been looking into UV7BK's and UV777's but I saw the new Agile and it is amazing looking. I am considering getting it because it will save me a ton of money too.
Could you do a side by side comparison?
Sure! I can indeed do that.
The most obvious difference is the neck size, with the Agile being NOTICEABLY thicker, the second you grab the neck you can feel the difference. The paint (for me) does not seem to be of much concern, though I was deathly afraid of hating it as I don't seem to like painted necks on any other guitars.
The way the guitar FEELS however, when I play it is quite similar. If the UV didn't have sentimental value to me I would seriously consider selling it off and buying 2 more Agile 7's, as I really don't think the UV is worth the cost (though I can say I do like how it plays a bit more).
As I said above, I can honestly say I prefer the sound of the Agile, largely due to the active pickups. I was very scared (this being my first guitar with actives) that the sound would be "sterile" and "lifeless" as I've often heard on these boards, and have even said myself. Such was not the case. I don't know if I would recommend actives for 6 string's, but the 7th string stands out so much more (in my opinion) whether it's clean or distorted with these 707's, and I still plan to put a thicker low string on there to thicken up its tone even more.
I haven't touched the bridge myself, which I'm sure is a concern to most players, but I have the bridge blocked on my UV and I plan to block it on my Agile as I love having the FloydRose as a bridge, but have no use for the tremolo bar and don't want to deal with it floating. Many on sevenstring.org say it is either the same trem as the Carvin 7 strings, or the same quality as such. So, most people seem to like them.
The ebony fretboard (while I know technically your fingers never touch the fretboard) just feels great under my fingers, and I'm not going to lie - I love how it looks.
It's quite comfortable standing up, but I plan to try and get some black straplocks on the guitar soon, because I don't like how the strap knobs aren't quite as big as on the UV.
Overall, considering I got this guitar for $500 I'm very happy with it. I plan to buy the 7 string/baritone case from RondoMusic for it relatively soon. Is the UV a better guitar than the Agile Interceptor Pro? I'd say yes (especially if I decide to put Blackouts in it). However, for the price and for the features it has and you won't have to worry about upgrading anything, I seriously think I'd take the Agile over it. I love my UV to death and would never get rid of it, but to a potential buyer, take a serious look at Agile.