*For this same post but with TONS of pics & captions, click here* (redirects to CarvinBBS) So, for those that haven't read my rants over at the Carvin BBS; I had originally ordered a custom DC800 but wanted a guitar to hold me over until that beast arrived. Well, that was over 3 weeks ago and I still haven't been charged my 20% deposit - I've sent them several emails with no response -SO for all I know, they haven't even begun my guitar, despite my conversations with Steve, the sales dude. Anyway, I had been looking at an RG8 but then someone over at Carvin BBS recommended I check out Agile. I started reading the hundreds of threads over here and checking out their site. I began lusting after their gear; I couldn't decide between 7, 8, or 9-string, multiscale or not, actives vs passive pickups, color, fretboard wood, etc. Finally, I saw this beauty. It was listed as a B-stock guitar because it had a scratch on one of the horns. For $600 it came with a case; this is $200 less than the same model WITHOUT a case (an extra $65). So here it is - first, specs: model: Agile Interceptor Pro 828 Tribal Purple 5-piece maple/hog Neck-through Hog body Cepheus active pickups Ebony fretboard with offset dot inlays Quilted maple carved top with matching headstock Black hardware Kahler locking tremolo Overall, I'm amazed. I really was expecting a pretty crappy instrument; or serviceable at best. I had read so many negative reviews on this site... Aside from a few minor blemishes, the finish is near flawless. The routes are clean. There are no buzzing frets, and the neck is straight as an arrow. The controls are tight, clean, and smooth. I don't really have much to compare the sound to, but the neck pickup sounds nice and fat & warm, and the bridge does it's job bringing out the upper harmonics and clarity with tight mids. Sorry, I can't really compare them to other pickups; I've never had a guitar with active pickups before. Also, the alleged blemish that made the guitar a B-stock item is barely noticable; if you see one of these B-stocks, SNAG IT ASAP!!! Lastly, the description on the site said the guitar was a satin finish, but mine is clear; that's even better since it's a quilt! My complaints so far are few. The volume is right where I usually like to place the side of my hand when I palm mute and sweep on the higher strings, but I can adjust. The action is not as low as my Carvin DC747, but it's still pretty good and I think it will force me to play cleaner and more deliberate. I wish it had straplocks. Folks; this is one gorgeous sounding, looking, and playing guitar. I am so glad I wasn't dissuaded by some of these negative reviews - I'm glad I sided with the positive reviews For a THIRD of the cost of what I was about to pay for a Carvin (without the tremolo, locking nut, and longer scale), I got this bad boy shipped in 2 days. You can't beat that. Stay tuned for sound samples and/or vids and again; for more pics, click on the link at the top of the post to see all the goodies.