FREE 2-3 Day Standard Ground Shipping (edit) Get Details

More Info About Free 2-Day Standard Ground Shipping

Close Window

Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar  

Item #: 
1343957361245724485
  • Write a Review

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... Click To Read More About This Product

Choose Style:
Please Select an Option
  • Black

    $399.99

    In stock

  • White

    $399.99

    In stock

Price:
$39999.00
  • (Most Popular)
Add to Wish List

QUESTIONS?
Connect with an expert instantly.

Call us: 866-498-7882

 
FREE STORE PICK UP Available Today Pueblo, CO (99.44  mi) Change Pick Up Store


,
SUN:11AM-7PM
MON-FRI:10AM-9PM
SAT:10AM-8PM
  • Pro Coverage Eligible
  • Free Shipping
  • Easy Returns
Overview

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.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • 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
  • Case sold separately
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.


GUITAR CENTER'S PRO COVERAGE
Pro Coverage gives you added warranty protection for your new gear. Stepping in where the manufacturer's "normal wear and tear" coverage ends, our Pro Coverage program offers you upgraded coverage if your product ever fails Read More.

Pro Coverage includes
  • Accidental damage protection (new gear only)
  • Expedited repair
  • Free shipping (for returns or repairs)
  • 100% coverage for commercial use
  • Extended return period
  • Extended price protection
  • No lemon guarantee
  • Free transfer of coverage to a new owner
  • Repair costs covered for up to three years from date of purchase
  • Repair authorization-toll-free by phone or via the web
  • Customer Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
IbanezRG8 8-String Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (7)
  • Flat sound (4)
  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Recording (9)
  • School bands (6)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A good value 8-string

All the things I will say here are just my opinions, because everybody's hands and ears are different. But, having said that, I do feel qualified to give an insightful review having worked...Read complete review

All the things I will say here are just my opinions, because everybody's hands and ears are different. But, having said that, I do feel qualified to give an insightful review having worked full time in a guitar repair shop through much of the 90's. I was originally just going to buy a backup guitar for my Ibanez 7-string that I use onstage. But then I thought, why not have a little fun and push myself out of my comfort zone? I can stiil play all the same songs I play on my 7-string. So why not? I could tell right away I liked the design of RG8 (from the strighter-string pull headstock to the flat-mount bridge) better than the Schecter8 in the same price point. The RG8 came with D'Addario .09-.64 strings on it, and it felt very similar to playing a .10-.46 set of strings on a standard scale length guitar, bends and slides were no problem (as well as slapping and popping the lower strings). But plan on putting a heavier strings on this axe if you want to go any lower than F#, a .10-.74 set works well for chords and rhythm riffing. the RG8 sounds and plays almost more like a short-scale bass in this configuration, and rings out better as well. Ibanez seems to know where to give you the biggest bang -for the-buck, and thankfully, it seems to be in the construction of the neck. I have never seen a guitar in this price range with a five piece neck, that's for sure. The neck seems very stable and is either unfinished or has a very light sealer on it, it feels nice and satin-y, but I'm unsure how well this neck would do in extreme temperature changes. But, having said that, mine hasn't moved at all, even after a string change with a different brand and gauge. Of course, that means they need to skimp a little in other areas on the guitar, and the most obvious of course, are the pickups and electrontics. The stock pickups have a fairly clear tone and are little lower output than I was expecting (when compared to my 7-string with a Dimarzio Evolution in the bridge position). Luckily, these are easily replaceble, and not difficult to find at all. Seymour Duncan and EMG make perfect retro-fits for this guitar. I did disconnected the tone control from the volume knob, and it does actually make a small diffence in clarity in the tone. The tuning keys are of the no-name variety, and seem to work well, but the heavier strings I installed just barely fit through the hole in the key, and I thought I detected a small amount binding in their rotation afterwards. The 27" scale works well for keeping those lower notes clear and is really not that noticable for me except maybe in the lower regions of the neck (This is another reason I like the Ibanez design...Schecter has a 26.5" and LTD has a 25.5").I'm sure I will upgrade the pickups and electronics in the future, but overall, I'm excited about playing this guitar and the additional creativity it will bring.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

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.

Reviewed by 28 customers

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to Top

Previous | Next »

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Piece of Trash

By Justin F.

from Philadelphia, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • decent stock tuners
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Pick Up
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • practicing if you can even get it set up

Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

I was very excited when i got this guitar, but dont let the pictures fool you. i received this guitar in very good packaging, and in good condition. but that is where things got rough. after i was finished inspecting the guitar, the neck had spots where there must have been high points in the wood and they sanded through the matte finish this made it so the wood was exposed and would be discolored from playing/ from moisture ect. the frets were either not leveled correctly or the neck was warped when it left the factory. the only way i can actually play the guitar is the high e string at 2.5 mm above there fret board and the low F# at 5mm or more. the fret buzz with open strings is fine but when i try playing a note it frets out every time on my low 3 strings. any string past the 12 fret dose not sustain and dies out was to fast. long story short the neck is completely messed up and cannot be fixed. i purchased the matte finished guitar with offset dots and the matte finish is the worst finish i have every seen. i had a cheap matte finish guitar before and the finish was 10x better. the finish polishes it self over time and its not 100% flat so its all orange peeled. the pickups are extremely bad and sound like trash not high output at all. plus my old cheaper guitar had higher output pickups. long story short i do not recommend buying any ibanez guitar unless it over $1000. ive gotten guitars for the same price or cheaper and play way better then this piece of Trash. just because a guitar is a lot of money does not mean the quality is going to be good. i plan on returning mine and seeing if i can exchange for a schecter or esp (2 best guitar company's) thank you.

 
3.0

Well made, Pickups Poor, Good Price

By JV

from RI

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

      See Headlines

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Wow, Hopes Were Too High

      By The Djent Ginger

      from Morristown, TN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      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.

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      NO

      By Cody

      from DFW Texas

      Site Member

      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.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      NO

      By Cody

      from DFW Texas

      Site Member

      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.

       
      4.0

      I love this thing

      By Metallifox

      from Douglas, WY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands

      Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

      This thing plays great! The feel is super sleek and smooth. This was the first Ibanez I've owned but it's quality is better than any other 8 string another brad has made that I've played. My only beef is the poor pick up but for me thats an easy fix, and for the money it was expected. This is a great starter for people who want to get into 8-string playing.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great Intro To The World Of 8 Strings

      By Lucas

      from Howard Lake, Minnesota

      Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

      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!

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best value for an 8 I've seen yet!

      By Audeo

      from Rohnert Park, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Good Pickups But Not Gre
      • Pickups Are Just Ok

      Best Uses

      • For Anything Really
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

      This guitar has changed the way I look at other guitars. It makes so many other guitars look over priced and stupid! The neck is so thin that jumping from a 6 to this was effortless! The pickups are not bad for an extended range, but could be upgraded. The strings are really stable and Ibanez does a good job of keeping tunings flexible and sharp! It weighs less then a 250$ Squire, and sounds better over all then most brands out there. This thing honestly ties with its Iron Label bug brother, and could surpass it with EMG 808's or Humbuckers switching out the stock pickups. Over all, this was one of the best purchases I've ever made on a guitar, and is one of the best deals out there right now!

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      buy this guitar!

      By Audeo

      from Rohnert Park, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Had Good Stability Over A
      • Has An Awesome Neck
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Pickups Are Just Ok

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is dynamite! For the price, it is possibly one of the best purchases I've made. Got it at a local guitar store, and when I first picked it up, I knew I had to have it! Recommend to anyone looking for an extended range boost!

      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Guitar

      By OGC 99iis90

      from Johnstown, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

        Extremely good for drop tuning, neck is very versatile, great looking. It is great for anything really, I play with the same tuning as After the Burial and it sounds awesome. My only 'complaint' is that I think it should come with thicker gauged strings out of the box. Rocksmith is difficult with the upper strings (high B and E) but that can be fixed with a higher gauge. Overall based on every dimension of this guitar i would give it a 9.5 out of 10, only because the strings otherwise it's a 10.

        Displaying reviews 1-10

        Back to Top

        Previous | Next »

        You are changing the Ship-To country.

        Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.