Dont blame you. That 8 string looks nice. I dont do 8 strings. But I have been looking at a used intrepid 7 and I own an agile 3100. Damn nice guitars for what they cost.
Pull the trigger man. This intrepid (pro, 828) is probably the nicest guitar I have purchased/tried in a store. Sure it doesn't have the vibe of my 80's carvin or stealth, but you can't really compare a 30 year old guitar to a brand new one for vibe. The fit & finish is flawless, came set up like a dream right out of the case & that was after shipping to my house & then shipping overseas to afghanistan...didn't have to touch a thing other than re-tuning a little bit.
I'm finding that I like the 8 but if I ever decide to go back to 7 (I don't think I'll go back to six at this point) I will probably look for one as identical I can get to the 828 just 7-string...its all the guitar I'll ever need.
Granted...I also don't have any 1980's Navigators laying around to compare it to :P
Gotcha. I had an EC1k for a short while and I would definitely put the 828 in a higher category than that one. The EC was nice but this agile just feels so much better. Mine has a tung oil finish (or maybe satin) and I couldn't find any bit of a flaw with it. The ebony board is almost too smooth and I couldn't find issue with the fretwork anywhere. I also got a good deal on it...700 bucks for the Pro828 with SD Blackouts. It is definitely heavy as shit, but I was expecting that with it being an 8-string. Unbelievably heavier than my 7321...that thing feels like a toy now when I pick it up :P
I don't go through nearly as many guitars as I used to... I'd say the nicest ones I've owned are probably an Edwards explorer, the EC1k, my Carvin & this Agile. And actually a BC Rich NJClassic Mockingbird I had for a while was pretty slick as well. So...take my opinion for what its worth, its not like I can really compare it to a ESP Custom (or any ESP, for that matter) or something similar.
Still though...pull that trigger man!