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Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar

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MSRP: $551.10
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Product Description

The mysteries of the 8-string has beckoned players everywhere, but until recently such exploration was the privilege of a lucky few. Now the Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar provides professional quality at an amazing price. Featuring a durable 5-piece slim neck for a comfortable feel and playing experience, this guitar offers players a 27 in. scale neck with down tuning.

Product Specifications
Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Neck: 5pc Maple/Walnut Wizard II-8
  • Scale: 27 in.
  • Body Material: Basswood
  • Frets: Jumbo
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Inlay: Pearl dot
  • Bridge: Fixed
  • Neck Pickup: IBZ-8N
  • Bridge Pickup: IBZ-8B
  • Factory tuned: (8th to 1st) F/A#/D#/G#/C#/F#/A#/D#
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  215-638-8670 Warranty:  Electric Guitars & Basses: 1 Year.
Acoustic Guitars: Limited Lifetime (1 year on electronics & tuners).
Amplifiers: 5 Years (1 year on speakers)
Pedals: 5 Years
Overall Rating
Fantastic Guitar
What is your overall opinion of this product?
This is not only the best value around for an 8-string, but it surpasses guitars beyond this price range. A lot of review say "best for the money," but it's not just that. It's a great guitar on its own merit. This is a guitar that should be the standard for 8-string guitars.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
The build quality is excellent. The neck is constructed very solidly. The guitar as a whole isn't overly heavy, but it's got enough weight to it so that it doesn't feel cheap either. The stock bridge is very sturdy and nice to play on, and even for stock tuners, this guitar doesn't go out of tune while playing.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The neck is where this guitar excels. It's very comfortable and very fast. Ibanez really knows what they're doing with their Wizard necks. The fret edges weren't even sharp, which is a huge plus for anything even remotely close to this price range. The extended scale really makes the low strings stay defined. I tune down to a low E, and you can hear every note. The body is as comfortable and easy to play on as you'd expect from an RG.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
The overall tone of the guitar is bright and with it being a basswood body, the pickups get to do a lot of the talking. It holds tones very well, and even the stock pickups held their own. The neck pickup is great for leads and has a perfect clean sound. The bridge pickup handles the low notes well enough. I did switch it out for a Seymour Duncan Nazgul, and it really brings out the growl from the low end. This guitar really handles the low tuning well.
How did the stain or paint job look?
It's a basic white finish, but it's very thick and looks very nice in person. Even around the pickup routes where some guitars will show a little unevenness with the polyurethane, on this one it's very minimalistic, if at all.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
The value far exceeds anything else that any other guitar manufacturer has made. This can be basically marketed as an "Iron Label" without the aftermarket pickups and the Gibraltar bridge. Very worthwhile.
How was the action out of the box?
The playability is superb. The neck feels great, the bridge holds the notes well, and the overall out of the box setup was very playable. Everyone has their own preferences, but for a factory setup and light string gauges, it held a tone very well. Overall a great guitar.
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