I ordered a Douglas Grendel fron Rondo late wed night last week and it arrived in the late morning today. Sadly when I took it out of the box, I noticed the joint where the neck and the headstock meet (scarf joint?) had failed and a little bit of surrounding wood on the neck side had cracked, so I can't really speak for how it sounds acoustically. If it counts at all, I did pluck the strings a tiny bit and it didn't sound honky like some cheap electrics do acoustically. So my guess is it wouldn't sound that bad. The second thing I noticed was a really dirty fretboard in serious need of cleaning and conditioning, and the frets looked rusty. My other 7 string that I've owned for almost 10 years didnt get its fretboard/frets cleaned untl last year and even on mine they didn't look this bad. Makes me wonder what kind of climate it sat in and for how long. But, it's a $180 guitar made in China, so I'm not angry. I actually enjoying cleaning up something I've just bought. It makes me feel like its MINE when I'm done! I set it on my couch and looked at it from afar. Not a shabby looking axe. I've never owned or even seen a Septor in person so I can't say how good or bad this one looks compared to its Agile counterpart. But if I saw a guitarist in a band using one of these, I wouldn't instantly assume it's a piece of shit. Now for some shots of the nut. On the little E side, just a tiny bit of the nut hangs out too far. The top of the nut has a few scuff marks and the nut slots have dust in them. No big deal at all to me, especially since this is, yep, you guessed it, a $180 Chinese made guitar. Now, this is no KXK super duper access neck joint, but I can reach the 24th fret of the highest 4 strings pretty easy. I'm not primarily a lead player, so this aspect isnt incredibly important to me, but if I wanted to play up high, I could do so easily. Now due to the broken joint pictured earlier, these strings are sitting quite high off of the body, but it appears that they would sit pretty high normally. I would want to lower the treble side of the pickups just a hair, but that's about how far they would be sticking out of the body. I like this because I really like to dig in with my pick on the lower strings so if the strings sat low on the body, I'd had to adjust my technique a little bit. You can't really see it, but the ferrules aren't seated perfectly in their respective holes. They didn't feel loose so I'm not bothered by this at all. Let's take a look inside the control cavity. Looks pretty clean despite what the flash makes it look like. I didn't know mini pots came stock on these . I just now noticed an extra wire route on the left side of the photo near the volume pot. So I guess if I ever wanted to go active, I know where the battery compartment is going. The pups are 2 conductor so I will most likely swap them out for some used Dimarzios. I like the toggle switch. It feels very stiff and its a box-style(?) instead of the LP style which I'm a bit tired of now. There's a small bit of paint missing near the toggle switch. Again, doesn't bother me at all. The neck profile is very similar to that of a certain Schecter Omen 7 at my local store, but the Grendel feels slightly thinner and I believe it has softer shoulders which to me makes quite a difference in feel. This neck is also quite round, far different than the really flat profile of my Intrepid. Overall I'm pretty impressed with the fretwork and side dots. I can't feel any bit of the frets hanging over the edge and trying to slice my fingers until about fret 14 on both sides all the way through 24, but even then it's not as bad as some of my other guitars. The logo. A small stray white mark by the L. The tuners are mini Grovers and they were seated just fine in the headstock. All of them turned easily both ways. I've played other no name brand guitars at this price and some that cost a little more and I've put them down thinking why the manufacturer even makes this guitar since its so impractical and uncomfortable etc. but that's not the case with this one. Assuming I get a replacement that arrives in one solid piece, I have a feeling I will enjoy it very much. It's comfortable to sit with, upper fret access isn't bad, it's lightweight, I like the location of the knobs and switch, the neck joint feels solid and looks flush, and overall the guitar looks pretty good as does its bigger brothers, the Septor and Interceptor. I haven't emailed Kurt yet but I'm sure there will be no problem with me returning this. I just looked at the Agile site to make sure I was spelling Septor correctly and I don't see the Grendel listed anymore. Sure hope I can get a replacement.