Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar Black 886830054945

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The 8-string Ibanez RGA8 Electric Guitar boasts a carved-top mahogany body for tonal warmth, strong sustain, and playing comfort. The 5-piece maple/walnut neck has the surprisingly fast and effortless... Click To Read More About This Product

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The 8-string Ibanez RGA8 Electric Guitar boasts a carved-top mahogany body for tonal warmth, strong sustain, and playing comfort. The 5-piece maple/walnut neck has the surprisingly fast and effortless to play Ibanez Wizard II-8 profile.

The 27" scale facilitates the lower tunings used in modern heavy rock music and the 24-fret rosewood fretboard is dressed with dot inlays. The black finish and black chrome hardware add a sinister vibe to this metal machine.

Ibanez LZ8 pickups
The RGA8 is armed with Ibanez LZ8 humbucking pickups that are specially-sized for 8-string guitars with a wider magnetic field and produce a tight and warm sound. The RGA8 guitar's active pickups' ceramic magnets deliver a modern high-output fat sound, yet are tweaked to also produce a balanced clean sound. An active EQ circuit with a simple-to-operate on-off switch provides pure tone free of noise. A mid-scoop toggle switch provides additional tonal variety and punch. 2 AA batteries operate both the active pickups and EQ circuitry .

FX Edge III-8 bridge
The 8-string Ibanez guitar's durable FX Edge III-8 double locking fixed bridge has a low-profile for playing comfort and maximum vibration transfer, while also providing stability, tonal sustain, and helping to make string changes happen quickly.

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Features
  • Eight string
  • 24 Fret
  • Menacing appearance
  • Sharp, biting tone
  • Fast neck
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Style: Solidbody double-cutaway
    Body: Carved mahogany
    Finish: Black
    Neck Material: 5-piece maple/walnut
    Neck Type: Bolt-on Wizard II-8
    Scale length: 27" (685.8 mm)
    Neck radius: 15.75" (400 mm)
    Width at Nut: " 2.16 (55 mm)
    Frets: 24 jumbo frets
    Fingerboard: Rosewood
    Inlay: Pearl dot inlays
    Bridge: FX Edge III-8 double-locking fixed
    Neck pickup: Active 8-string Ibanez LZ8-N humbucker
    Bridge pickup: active 8-string Ibanez LZ8-B humbucker
    Controls: Master volume, mid-scoop toggle and 3-way pickup blade selector.
    Tuners: Die-cast
    Hardware: Black
Warranty
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IbanezRGA8 8-String Electric Guitar
 
4.0

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Sick Axe!

After researching pretty much all the production 8-String Guitars and a few customs I finally decided on the RGA8 based on playing a RGA7 and really liking the razor thin profile of the neck...Read complete review

After researching pretty much all the production 8-String Guitars and a few customs I finally decided on the RGA8 based on playing a RGA7 and really liking the razor thin profile of the neck with excellent fretwork. I had considered Agile, ESP, Schecter and Guerilla but in the end I just bought the RGA8 on an impulse and for what I do its awesome. Some of the early models had an issue with the stabilizer screw on the back of the bridge ripping out of the wood but I think this had more to do with people trying to adjust the bridge height without also adjusting this screw. Also, a lot of people complain about the pickups being terrible so I had planned on picking up some Seymour Duncan Blackouts or EMG's right away but after having played it for a couple of weeks I think the pickups aren't that bad really. Anyway, I think this guitar is great and its fun to play. I run it into a 6505+ half stack with just a Decimator G-String to tame the feedback and I swear if I keep playing this thing in my house some demons are gonna start showing up soon. This thing rules. The only thing better would be a RG2228 Prestige which is basically the same thing but with a much better neck, EMG's and a Basswood body. Buy this guitar now!

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Not my style

I bought this guitar hoping it would sound like the ones you hear in the band "Animals as Leaders." I was really depressed to find out this is the muddiest sounding...Read complete review

I bought this guitar hoping it would sound like the ones you hear in the band "Animals as Leaders." I was really depressed to find out this is the muddiest sounding instrument I have ever played. It is so dull and the two lowest strings rattle no matter what they are tuned to. They are not really playable and the bottom six aren't that good. I've heard the only way to get a good clean tone out of this is to buy new pickups and I don't want to spend that money. It isn't the worst guitar ever but unless you want dark thrash metal, then don't buy this. I play every genre of music but this thing works for only one of them which is metal.

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5.0

Awesome!

By Daniel Oldham

from Springfield, MO

Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

this really is a great guitar for the money. I won't go into a ton of detail but will make note that the stock pickups are really not that bad. They are technically NOT active, they just use the AA batteries for "scoop" function which is pretty cool. I will eventually swap them out for other pickups later on. :) The guitar is constructed very well, great neck, sexy body, and overall pliability is awesome! i would highly recommend this guitar if it is the price range you are looking into!

 
4.0

despite electronics, still great

By Winter

from Germany

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Great Neck
  • Super Balance

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

I read a bit about this guitar prior to buying, and expected the electronics to be flat and boring. I ordered a pair of blackouts just in case, and had them installed immediately, vastly improving the sound. Other than that, the guitar is my new favorite. The neck is obviously very wide, but the Wizard II system keeps it from feeling unwieldy. The sculpted contours of the body are comfortable and help reduce weight too. It was sort of a toss-up between this and the Black Label, but I am very partial to the fixed Edge Bridge. I am overall satisfied with my purchase. If you are not prepared to have new electronics installed, and not married to this body style or Edge Bridge, you may want to go with the Black Label. I would recommend Ibanez for the overall quality though.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

digga digga harmonic scales

By NICHOLASHAPPENS

from Kansas City

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Looks Rad
  • Neck Is Solid

Cons

  • Muddy Lows
  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Killing Tiny Animals
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

Don't listen to any other reviews, This one counts Because mine has been fully used and tested on many amps, tube and solid state. Here are the facts:
1.The low strings sound muddy unless you boost the treble on your amp. My tube amps tend to get better low end response when the treble is higher and my solid states just tend to make this guitar seem a bit flat sounding.
2.The neck is good, don't listen to anyone else on that.. cause it is. I have the hands of a carnie folk.. so believe me.
3.It uses AA batteries like your TV remote, your own opinion applies on that one.
4.Double locking, so yeah, it stays in tune once the strings are stretched.
5.I have mine tuned with 3 E strings E-B-E-A-D-G-B-E and i think it was meant for this because its the best sounding tune ive tried so far.
6.There are better pickups out there and they WILL improve your low end response..
7.This guitar IS worth it.
8.Tosin and his rhythm dude use these and they put in dimarzio deactivators.. sounds good to me.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not good, not terrible

By John Cubbon

from Coto de Caza, California

Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

I had this guitar for about a week or two before I decided to return it. It was nice to have the extra range and it was fun for really heavy stuff like Periphery or Animals as Leaders. But it when it is tuned EBEADBGE (like animals as leaders has it) the low strings are barely playable. You can hardly play any notes on the lowest E after the second fret basically. Also the pickups were not that good. They were extremely muddy and warm. The only thing I could play was really distorted heavy djent style and it wasn't that amazing. I've heard that getting EMG808 pickups makes it sound better but it would total the price to almost double.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not my style

By John Cubbon

from Coto de Caza, California

Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar hoping it would sound like the ones you hear in the band "Animals as Leaders." I was really depressed to find out this is the muddiest sounding instrument I have ever played. It is so dull and the two lowest strings rattle no matter what they are tuned to. They are not really playable and the bottom six aren't that good. I've heard the only way to get a good clean tone out of this is to buy new pickups and I don't want to spend that money. It isn't the worst guitar ever but unless you want dark thrash metal, then don't buy this. I play every genre of music but this thing works for only one of them which is metal.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar!

By Brian Ailport

from Arlington Heights, IL

Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

I love this guitar! Well built and ready to rock out of the box. Alot of people change out the pickups but I think if your amp is at least a 100 watt tube amp the sound is clear and powerful enough already.
Fun to play! I've been playing 7 string guitars for about 10 years and thought why not? The RGA8 is a well built easy to play guitar. I've tried every brand and model 8 string and the Ibanez line up is most comfortable to play. Thin fast neck, decent weight balance similar to a 7 string, and great overall out of the box sound. Fine tuners are great. Active pickups. What more do you need?
Feels well built. Neck is thin fast easy to play and straight as an arrow. Bridge with fine tuners is a great option. Locking nut insures it stays in tune. Hardware feels solid. Tuners are tight. Overall very pleased with quality.
The feel and playability of this guitar makes it well worth the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

RGA-8 pleasently supprised, very!!

By Johnathan Keller

from Salem, Or

Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

As stated before, the pick-up's are edgy to say the least, but they should get you by untill you can get some Bare Knuckle's or Duncan's or DiMarrzio's, whatever your poison.

I'm partial to the bridge system, because even though it's a fixed bridge, it feel's like a Floyd Rose Trem system, I'm once again, used to playing with a trem system, though this is a fixed bridge. Like I said before I feel "At home" on this bridge.

Swap the pick-up's get your self a rack styled compressor or a compression pedal, find some 10's or "build" a set of 10's to toss on this and your golden
I'm giving it an eight here because, let's be canded, the pick-ups aren't that great, however
I'll admit that I was taken by utter suprise.
My hands are small they measure 7" in length from the base of my palm to the top of my middle finger, and yet. . . NO playability issues. Other than the fact that the high G-e would fret out past the tweth fret, but where I played this was full of total NOOB's so it' wasn't tunned proporly.

Ibanez tunes there 8's F-Bb-Eb-Ab-Db-gb-bb-eb, alot of it has to do with the 27" scale length, they tune that way to retain playability.

Pro's;
1. playable, even for people with smaller hands
2. Mohogany body
3. stright forward control lay-out (1. Vol, 3-way blade switch w/ Mid-scoop switch)
4. Locking nut/bridge great for people who are used to and comfortable w/ Floyds

Con's;
1. pick-ups aren't that good

I will say this much for the pick-up's they wheren't muddy like one would expect from the AH-7's
they did have good deffinition, but the lacked depth.
The RGA-8 I played was a used model that they had gotten in on trade,
I could kinda tell that it'd been put through the wringger once or twice, but it was still
holding up nicely.

Mohogany is ALWAYS a plus, I'm some wierd mix of a noodler and a groove machine.
The Tonality of mohogany is a good fit for me on both count's

I really can't see too much in the way of this thing not holding up, it's a fixed bridge and the
mounting stud's are BEEFY! I can however state that Ibanez's Edge trem system's don't hold up all that well, exluding the prestige ZR Edge model's.
I don't own this instrument, but I have used it. I honestly don't think that the price is a bad deal for an eight-string, they're still kinda a "rare bird" so to speak.

but in all logic and eight-string is tough to beat for versatillity.

It's deffinatly a stright-forward model.
I feel as though that I'm a little bit partial particularly to THIS eight-string. If for no other reason that the bridge system, I'm a Floyd junkie so I feel "Right at home" so to speak with this instrument

I have EVERY intent of purchasing this when I aqquier the funds!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

RGA8 better than expected!

By Michael Mark

from carrboro, nc

Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

Now this guitar is perfect for me! I recommend the RGA8 to anyone interested in extended range guitars or going from a 7 to 8 string.
The wizard neck is smooth and thin, the FX Edge III-8 fixed bridge with dual locking is awesome for staying in tune and having a mahogany body is a plus. Stock pickups need to be replaced and you need to find a case that will fit.
I've been using mostly Ibanez guitars over the past 19 years I've been playing and this guitar is definitely of Prestige quality. The construction is solid and overall it felt awesome out of the box. First thing I did was change the factory tuning to EBEADGBE and adjusted the action. Plays super smooth and feels amazing. The drawback are no case and the pickups are definitely lacking. I replaced them with Seymour Duncan Blackouts and got a Gator case and now its perfect!
For the price, you can't beat it. All you really need to do is change the pickups and its killer.

(1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Great look, horrid to play

By Brian

from St. Paul, MN

Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

This is the worst guitar I've ever owned. 16 years ago I bought a JEM 7 string but unfortunately had to sell it for college expenses. Since then I've been playing classical. But just recently the electric bug hit me again and based on my JEM and a previous RG Ibanez, I went with the RGA8. This is the worst and most expensive mistake I've made in a while. I've spent over $100 with two luthiers trying to get the horrid fret buzz with this guitar fixed and while it's been reduced, it is not gone. Doing research it appears to be a common problem with this model and even the RG A8's $2K big brother the RG2228. And it's now out of the 30 day GC return (with 2+ weeks of that in the repair shop) and since I stupidly had the first luthier (at a Guitar Center store) install EMG 808x's the Ibanez warranty is gone too. Live and learn -- to never buy any Ibanez product again.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

physics are great.. electronics are little no go...

By Omar Khan

from iraq.

Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

as i said again.. just change the pickups.
I just bought this guitar about two weeks from now.. and i love the way i can move around the whole board .. it's like butter man.. smooth and every thing.. but i didn't like the sound of the pickups there.. may be it's me... cuz i never fell in love with an active humbuckers before..
little heavy but you will get used to it in the first 5 min.
last words i would say the best guitar.. just change the pickups.. then you'll get a monster between your hands.
wood is amazing.. just the elecitronics.... are a no go.
you sure can get alot with it's value.. but i would say you can get such a guitar with it.

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