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The RG8 Electric Guitar brings Ibanez 8-String research and design to a price point that's hard to resist. It features all of the advantages of the Ibanez RG series including the famous slim, fast, an... Read More

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The RG8 Electric Guitar brings Ibanez 8-String research and design to a price point that's hard to resist. It features all of the advantages of the Ibanez RG series including the famous slim, fast, and ultra-playable Wizard neck. Its basswood body has through-body stringing and a fixed bridge for maximum sustain while specially-designed Ibanez IBZ humbucking pickups evenly reproduce all of the wide frequencies of which this 8-string is capable. If you've been on the lookout for a reliable and affordable 8-string, here it is.

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  • 8-string model
  • neck type Wizard II-8 5pc Maple/Walnut neck
  • body Mahogany body
  • fretboard Rosewood fretboard w/White dot inlay
  • fret Jumbo frets
  • bridge Fixed bridge
  • neck pickup IBZ-8 (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • bridge pickup IBZ-8 (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • factory tuning 1D#, 2A#, 3F#, 4C#, 5G#, 6D#, 7A#, 8F
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IbanezRG8 8-String Electric Guitar
 
4.0

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Stellar first impression... Perfectly Priced... Better than the Competiton

I caught a glimpse of this instrument in a GC catalog and was stoked at the price! I had been interested in purchasing either a middle-of-the-road 8 string, or an extended scale 7...Read complete review

I caught a glimpse of this instrument in a GC catalog and was stoked at the price! I had been interested in purchasing either a middle-of-the-road 8 string, or an extended scale 7 string. Ibanez is typically my goto brand, but since they don't produce 27"-28" scale 7 strings, and the RGA8, although cheaper, was still out of my cost comfort zone. But then I saw this answer to my prayers! At first, I was skeptical. The market is now flooded with cheapo 8 string models that aren't worth picking up. But I found this one in store and jammed on it. I bought it 2 hours later. This guitar is the Ibanez real deal. First off, It has the same 27" scale length as the RG2228 and RGA8 which was a big grabbing point for me because I've always tuned super low. With fat strings and a longer scale, the attack from the low end tone is so crushing on this beast. And as with any Ibanez, the neck playability is thin, fast, and accessible up high. Plus, there's very little finish on the neck, so your palm doesn't start sticking once your hand is warmed up. The string spacing is perfect, especially for making the first time switch from 7 to 8 strings. Also, I was pleasantly surprised at the performance of the stock "EMG-style" pick ups, since Ibanez stock pick-ups are notoriously bland. Although I only ever use the bridge pick up, it really sounds clear and robust without having to adjust my rig settings or effects. And, I love that the pick up cavities are cut for EMG's! I might throw down for some 808's in the future. It's not much heavier than a seven string and feels comfy sitting or standing. I even like it slung low on the strap, standing. My only 2 gripes are that the bridge piece is an eight string version of the old RG fixed bridge piece (which Ibanez has since replaced with the gibraltar standard bridge), which is a bit of a turn off because it doesn't flow into the body well. I would have preferred that they give it a gibraltar bridge like the other RG's, but that probably would have jacked the price up. Also a few more finish options would be nice. But other than that you can beat this 8 string guitar! The new ESP Cheapo 8 strings are all 25.5" scales which don't sound, or feel suited for the low strings at all, same with Schecter. And I don't like Schecter necks or body styles either. I totally trust this guitar to handle the stage and will be using it to perform, without a doubt. If you want a good 8 string NOW, you can't beat this Ibanez quality, especially at such an affordable price!!!!

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Wow, Hopes Were Too High

I got this guitar as a last minute thing. I was too excited about woning an 8 string more than how it actually held up as a good guitar. The first two months were...Read complete review

I got this guitar as a last minute thing. I was too excited about woning an 8 string more than how it actually held up as a good guitar. The first two months were fun, then when I heard music by a few bands who downtune their guitars to bass D or even bass C#, I couldn't get my RG8 to do it. So I restrung it with 11-85 gauge, and it sounded way mroe flatter and it STILL couldn't hold low tunings without sounding dull or buzzy. I'm going to completely reintonate the guitar when I have enough time, and until it turns out to have really hidden potential, I would not recommend this guitar to anyone even starting out on 8 strings. Schecter's Damien Elite series has some 28 inch scale 8 strings and for almost the same price as this. Please don't be like me. Do some research before you get itno the 8 string game.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Wow, Hopes Were Too High

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from Morristown, TN

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Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Pick Up

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Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar as a last minute thing. I was too excited about woning an 8 string more than how it actually held up as a good guitar. The first two months were fun, then when I heard music by a few bands who downtune their guitars to bass D or even bass C#, I couldn't get my RG8 to do it. So I restrung it with 11-85 gauge, and it sounded way mroe flatter and it STILL couldn't hold low tunings without sounding dull or buzzy. I'm going to completely reintonate the guitar when I have enough time, and until it turns out to have really hidden potential, I would not recommend this guitar to anyone even starting out on 8 strings. Schecter's Damien Elite series has some 28 inch scale 8 strings and for almost the same price as this. Please don't be like me. Do some research before you get itno the 8 string game.

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

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from DFW Texas

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Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

How in the world anyone would rate this thing higher than 2 or 3 out of 5 is beyond me. I can deal with swapping out the pickups, did that because they're hot garbage, and I knew this going in. What I absolutely could NOT deal with was the fact that I could NEVER get the setup right. I've owned and set up tons of guitars, including 8 strings, over the years and I've honestly never fought a guitar so hard in my life. No matter how many combinations of string gauges (up to an 80 gauge), neck relief, string height, saddle adjustments, etc, etc, etc, I could never get the lowest strings to not buzz all over the place. I also could not compensate for the sharp intonation even after pulling the saddle springs out so I could pull the saddles all the way down. Now, I want to blame the shorter 27 inch scale but Tosin and lots of others seem to get by fine on that scale, even tuning the low F# down to E, so do I blame the guitar? Long story short, this thing was simply unplayable. Last 8 string I owned was an Agile, which had low action, zero buzz, just beautiful. Granted, it had a longer 28 1/2 inch scale, resulting in much better tension, but in return, it was like playing a bass guitar.....so again I'm conflicted as to what scale length is "correct" here. All I know is the RG8, at least the one I took home, played absolutely terribly and as I mentioned before, the pickups are an abomination. Yeah, the neck is decent but beyond that, I have no idea what the appeal is with this guitar.

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Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

How in the world anyone would rate this thing higher than 2 or 3 out of 5 is beyond me. I can deal with swapping out the pickups, did that because they're hot garbage, and I knew this going in. What I absolutely could NOT deal with was the fact that I could NEVER get the setup right. I've owned and set up tons of guitars, including 8 strings, over the years and I've honestly never fought a guitar so hard in my life. No matter how many combinations of string gauges (up to an 80 gauge), neck relief, string height, saddle adjustments, etc, etc, etc, I could never get the lowest strings to not buzz all over the place. I also could not compensate for the sharp intonation even after pulling the saddle springs out so I could pull the saddles all the way down. Now, I want to blame the shorter 27 inch scale but Tosin and lots of others seem to get by fine on that scale, even tuning the low F# down to E, so do I blame the guitar? Long story short, this thing was simply unplayable. Last 8 string I owned was an Agile, which had low action, zero buzz, just beautiful. Granted, it had a longer 28 1/2 inch scale, resulting in much better tension, but in return, it was like playing a bass guitar.....so again I'm conflicted as to what scale length is ""correct"" here. All I know is the RG8, at least the one I took home, played absolutely terribly and as I mentioned before, the pickups are an abomination. Yeah, the neck is decent but beyond that, I have no idea what the appeal is with this guitar.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Intro To The World Of 8 Strings

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from Howard Lake, Minnesota

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As the title implies, this is a great guitar to get familiar with and venture into the 8 string realm of music. There are a few 8 strings on the market in this price range, but I feel this is the best one for the price, thus why I own it. Compared to the other manufacturers, the Ibanez RG8 feels like a higher quality guitar. The neck is very comfortable and doesn't feel like a block when you get to frets 19-24 like others in its price range, but where Ibanez truly got it right was the 27" scale. Others still have the 25.5" scale like 6 and 7 strings, but the little difference makes up big time with the appropriate tension needed for the added strings, the 8th string especially. It stays in tune very well, and sounds good through the amp. Because the pickups aren't high output, you will notice that the lower end does sound a bit muddy, and the sustain isn't the greatest. That aside, you could easily replace pickups or , if you get comfortable with the 8 strings, trade it in and upgrade. This isn't the best 8 string out there, but it is far from the worst. If you're looking to venture into the territory of 8 strings, you can't go wrong with this one for the price. What have you got to lose? Give it a try!

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5.0

I LOVE this guitar

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from La Feria, Tx

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I had seen this guitar online here and at first was iffy about it. The price seemed too good to be true. The initial assumption was that it would be Ibanez's cheap mass produced version of their other rg 8 string guitars. Luckily I saw this at the Guitar Center in Brownsville. I asked to play it for a bit and boy was my assumption dead wrong. This guitar is just awesome!!! The sound this guitar produces is just....wow. I have began playing songs off of Deftones' most recent album Koi No Yokan and I am loving it. I thought it would be a bit of a hassle trying to get used to the thicker neck and longer scale length but I am getting used to it quickly. This guitar just feels natural to me and I am glad I bought it.

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5.0

Incredible guitar.

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from Union City, MI

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The RG8 should be the standard for all 8 string guitars. It's not just a great guitar for the price, it's a fantastic guitar on it's own merit. The build quality is great. I have the white one, and it's a nicely applied shade. The neck is very comfortable. It's a very sturdy neck. The pickups are pretty good, and with tweaking your settings, it's easy to find a good tone. The clean sound you get from these pickups is very impressive. The bridge is comfortable and does a good job of keeping notes sustained. It's just an all around great guitar that can be used for any style of music. It's got a great growl on the low end for the really heavy tones, and the lead tone is very full sounding. It's very balanced. I put a Seymour Duncan Nazgul in the bridge, and the tone is phenomenal. It stays in tune very well, and holds the low notes (I tuned the F to a low E) and it's nice and clear sounding. This guitar is the way to go, and like I said, it should be the standard for 8 string guitars.

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5.0

Great Entry Level 8-String

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from Illinois

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If you want to expand you range to an 8 string, but don't want to drop a whole lot of money on one, this guitar is a great buy. for a $400 guitar, you really can't beat it. It has a 27" scale which handles the eighth string very well. The pickups are about as good as you can expect from a $400 guitar and pick up the low end strings pretty well. The only thing I didn't like about his guitars were the string gauges it came with. (I feel like a .064 for an F#, much less an F, on an eight string is a little thin). I swapped out my strings for personal preference to a .074 the eighth, a .054 on the seventh, and then a set of D'addario super lights .042-.09 on the top 6 strings. This set improved the intonation and eliminated some of the fret buzz on the lower strings after a slight action/intonation adjustment. Great guitar! I highly recommend it, just invest an extra $15 into it for a new string set!

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5.0

One sweet guitar!

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from Pasadena Texas

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I got this one about 5 or 6 months ago, and have been loving it. I got small hands, so it is surprising that I can play it. It has a really awesome sound, and I'm making up my own stuff with it. Hope to start a Christian black metal band playing it. Don't know how long it might take to do that, but I am trying. I play this using a Line 6 spider 3 amp with an FBV short-board, and soon going to add a talk-box onto it. The weight is good, its durable, and not so difficult to play. I recommend this one to anyone who is board with the 6 and 7 string guitars. Grab one when you can find it. They are not easy to find, but they are worth the search!

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Ibby RG8, Not even the Pickups advertised.

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from Vacaville CA

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I bought an Ibanez RG8 a few months back as a late birthday present to myself since I had been playing 7 strings for a while I wanted to dive into 8. Anyways, I love the way the guitar plays and feels. With the wide but slim Wizard II neck, it's easy scaling up and down the fret board. My only concern with this guitar is the pickups. Now, I usually don't like Ibby stock pickups anyways, but this one lowered the bar even more. It's not even an Ibanez pickup. It's not an AH-18 and an AH-28 like it says here on Guitarcenter, it's not an IBZ 8 like it says on the Ibanez website. It's a Cort EVL Bass pickup. I saw some controversy going on about it on facebook and looked into myself with online searched and even taking the spring cushion off my neck pickup and it still had the Cort label "EVL 25B 5ST" Honestly, I love the guitar. The pickup bugs me since there's no high end really and the low end is muddy and unclear.Even more so that it's a BASS pickup (not even a guitar pickup) and not the pickups advertised on any website. My only recommendation is replace the pickups and it's and great guitar

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5.0

Really Good!

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from Kentucky

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This guitar is a phenomenal deal! Obviously it's not perfect, 'cause you're only spending a half or a fourth of the price it would cost you to get a REALLY good RG, but I've been playing my RG8 for about a month now and it sounds ideal for anyone who loves classic metal through deathmetal. If you are just checking out 8-string guitars and have become infatuated with their sound from bands like After the Burial or Meshuggah, get this guitar!

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