Ibanez RG8 - Affordable 8-String Electric Guitar
Ibanez has just made 8-string guitars more affordable and accessible with the Ibanez RG8 fixed bridge guitars.
Aside from being affordable, the RG8 series is also low maintenance, thanks to the simplicity of its Gibraltar Standard bridge.
Gone are the days when 8-string guitars are only accessible to the elite few, the RG8 brings this instrument down to earth with the same price range as that of many entry-level to mid-priced 6 or 7-string guitars.
The RG8 is designed not just to be affordable, but to also serve as a fixed bridge alternative to the various floating bridge 8-string guitars that are available. It has the "in-your-face" sound of an RG without the hassles of floating tremolos and the intonation issues it brings. This guitar can handle aggressive playing and retains intonation better so you worry less about intonation changes. The bridge features a string-through-body design which that helps increase sustain.
The body of the guitar is made of Basswood, shaped into the familiar Ibanez RG double cutaway. The neck is made of a 5pc maple/walnut and comes in the shape of Wizard II. The fretboard is made of rosewood and as expected from Ibanez, it feels fast, flat, thin and it is very shred friendly. The guitar comes with a longer scale neck, measured at 27", to help improve articulation, sustain and overall playing experience. Since it has to stretch 8-strings, the neck is fitted with KTS Titanium reinforcement rods for stability.
Ibanez equipped the RG8 with a pair of IBZ-8 pickups, designed to handle the low register sounds of the added strings without being muddy. They work great as-is, but advanced players will typically upgrade these pickups to their preference for a more personalized sound. Since this 8-string is relatively cheap, it makes for a good project guitar to try out various 8-string pickups and other guitar parts.
The Ibanez RG8 is factory set with a tuning of 1D#, 2A#, 3F#, 4C#, 5G#, 6D#, 7A#, 8F. It is available in both black and white finish and is currently retailing online for a little under $400. Check out the latest price & reviews at Amazon.com.
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