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Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar Black 

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Overview

  • 5pc Maple/Walnut Wizard II-8 neck
  • Basswood body
  • Rosewood fingerboard
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $551.10
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    - $151.11
  • Your Price:
    $39999
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  • Black

    $399.99 Top Rated

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An exceptional value with its string-through design, fixed bridge and slim Wizard II-8 neck.

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 AH-18 and AH-28 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

  • 5pc Maple/Walnut Wizard II-8 neck
  • Basswood body
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Pickups: AH-18 (H) neck, AH-28 (H) bridge
  • Fixed bridge 8
  • Black hardware
  • String gauges :1st to 8th: .009/.011/.013/.016/.024/.032/.042/.054/.065)
  • Factory Tuning: 1st to 8th: (D#/A#/F#/C#/G#/D#/A#/F)
  • Case sold separately

Ready to take the 8-string plunge? Order today.

 
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IbanezRG8 8-String Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (6)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)
  • Good pick up (4)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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5.0

Beautiful Guitar

By Jaymz Ray

from Clarkston, MI

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Lite
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

    I thought this guitar would be heavy for sure but it isnt! Beautiful design. Love the all black hardware. Have played ESP guitars for most of my life but this is a gorgeous guitar and had to buy it. Going to buy the RGIB baritone next. Going through an experimental musical phase and love the look and feel of Ibanez.

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    4.0

    Great axe for right price

    By Kreechstoff

    from Abingdon,Va

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Different Strings

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

    Should have 11/80 or 10/74 for factory strings, anything lower and the f# will not hold tune and it has too much vibration.

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    5.0

    Grindfest!

    By Vincent R. M.

    from Columbia USA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

      Got this because it was priced well for a starter 8 string to jam on one far a while to see if I liked it. It is far beyond what I was expecting for the price! Some people are complaining about the pick-ups. For precise players they are great! Hotter pick-ups clean up some slop, but if you are a good guitarist that prefers every note to heard....they fit the bill perfectly. I use mine for Prog metal and Black metal, and let me say this thing is a tone grinder!

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      5.0

      Great Guitar!

      By Metalhead

      from Union City, MI

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

        The RG8 should be the standard for all 8 string guitars. It's not just a great guitar for the price, it's a fantastic guitar on it's own merit. The build quality is great. I have the white one, and it's a nicely applied shade. The neck is very comfortable. It's a very sturdy neck. The pickups are pretty good, and with tweaking your settings, it's easy to find a good tone. If you take the time to adjust your tone, then it's easy to find a nice, smooth sound for the low strings. The clean sound you get from these pickups is very impressive. The bridge is comfortable and does a good job of keeping notes sustained. It's just an all around great guitar that can be used for any style of music. It's got a great growl on the low end for the really heavy tones, and the lead tone is very full sounding. It's very balanced. I put a Seymour Duncan Nazgul in the bridge, and the tone is phenomenal. It stays in tune very well, and holds the low notes (I tuned the F to a low E) and it's nice and clear sounding. This guitar is the way to go, and like I said, it should be the standard for 8 string guitars.

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        (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Pretty bad, but an entry into 8-string

        By Ron

        from Omaha, NE

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

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

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

        You get what you pay for--these guitars are cheap and slapped together. The necks are terrible and are known to have issues with warping and bulges, which of course renders the guitar useless. The pickups are a joke and it was as if these were designed in mind that owners will swap them out. Ibanez customer service is shaky at best. You might luck out with an OK guitar at this price with an OK neck, but most likely will not.

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        (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A good value 8-string

        By Locknutmonster

        from Tulsa, OK

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

        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.

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        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Instrument!

        By Dante Xanthe

        from Arizona

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Great Neck
        • Well balanced

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • everything

        Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

        So far this guitar is fantastic, through and through! Right out of the box the setup was perfect. Even after putting heavier gauge strings on it the intonation was nearly spot on. My only complaint is the pickups but for the price they're not terrible.

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        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing value after a setup

        By JBL22

        from SE PA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

            All it needed was a string upgrade to stop the buzzing- I used a Circle K 10-86 set and now I couldn't be happier.

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            (19 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best for the price

            By 777SlipHate666

            from Stow Ohio

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            Pros

            • Beefy Tone
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

              Ive played some 8 strings before but this one is just perfect. Ive played Schecter Omen 8 and Damien 8, Esp Stephen Carpenter 8 and the budget ltd 8 string (forgot the name) and ive played a used Ibanez rga8. This is the champion by far in my opinion. This is why, the esps 25.5 scale is too short and the strings are wobbly. I hated the Damien's emgs and the omen is my 2nd fav. The ibanez rga8 was nice but i hated the floyd and the emgs. This ibanez has the flat neck back which makes the thickness a breeze, the pickups dont sound that bad (i prefer dimarzio d activator) the 26.5 scale helps,and to top it off its the same price as the Omen 8? Just perfect.

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