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Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar Black 886830621642

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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...  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.

Case sold separately.


Eight string
24 Fret
Menacing appearance
Sharp, biting tone
Fast neck
Case sold separately
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
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IbanezRGA8 8-String Electric Guitar

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(25 of 45 customers found this review helpful)


a good 8 string for such a low price

By Kyler

from Orofino, ID

Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

the ibanez RGA8 is a good overall 8 string guitar nut the pickups are barely active and the low-end is sketchy. new pickups can solve that problem and with the availability of active 8 string pickups its should be no problem getting the best tone. you also might want to consider getting a really good amplifier that can handle extreme lows as well. i recommend either a marshall combo or half-stack amp.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Sick Axe!

By Eric Christian

from Lake Oswego, Oregon

Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

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!

(5 of 22 customers found this review helpful)


Thank you mom

By XxCapt Awesome1

from nome, alaska

Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

i got this guitar for Christmas this year and i love it but there are exceptions, like everything in life right like for instance it came to me out of tune lol. The body came in great no scratches or scuffs (had to buy a case to keep it home) thats about it for like paint. The neck wasn't warped or showed any signs of damage, it was nice and straight so that was good, no problems with the locking nut or the tuners they hold tuning very very well same goes for the fixed bridge. Personally about the bridge i felt it was set a little high for a fixed bridge, but thats just me. The fret board i felt was like, lacking. Now i don't mean the guy did 19 frets and said forget it but like he didn't put a finish on it or even "polish it" in that sense cause i have an RG1527 and i love that neck. I also feel that it can't sustain notes for long, like it sorta dies a little bit and the pick ups don't help, they could be better and for 800 i was honestly expecting better. I got big hands so like reaching around the guitar to hit the high frets really isn't a problem for me but on this guitar the side of your hand hits the body at the 20 or 21 fret (me at least) so that should be taken into consideration. The EQ on the guitar i barely hear the difference to be honest. The guitars scale is 27' i believe and i didn't have a problem at all adjusting, and good for low tunings. But for being up to par as what i expected it slowed down towards the end for me, and i love Ibanez all my guitars are Ibanez so i was a little disappointed but i still love this guitar and i will keep it forever (once i get better pick ups in it, oh and its powered by 2 AA batteries instead of 1 9 volt fyi) and its not heavy for an extended range guitar. so all in all i give it a 3.9 (cause of the tuning when i got it lol).

(2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


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.


Overlooked Instrument

By toecutter

from knoxville

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    Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

    These were very popular for a couple of years despite the fact that they were just horrible guitars out of the box. It's no wonder that they can be had for next to nothing used. Thing is, with some upgrades they're formidable 8-string shred weapons. Here is how you fix this beast.
    1. The electronics....GARBAGE. Passives are what you need. D'activators recommended. A 1Mohm volume pot actually works nicely. Ditch all of the stock wiring and pups.
    2. String gages were just wrong. It sets up nice with a standard 9-42 set with a .64 and a .80.
    3. Some of them needed the frets to be dressed out of the box.
    Do these three things and it's a nice 8-string at an amazing value.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    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 2 customers found this review helpful)


    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.



    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!

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