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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 IBZ 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.

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FEATURES
  • 8-string model
  • neck type Wizard II-8 5pc Maple/Walnut neck
  • body Mahogany body
  • fretboard Rosewood fretboard w/White dot inlay
  • fret Jumbo frets
  • bridge Fixed bridge
  • neck pickup IBZ-8 (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • bridge pickup IBZ-8 (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • factory tuning 1D#, 2A#, 3F#, 4C#, 5G#, 6D#, 7A#, 8F
  • Case sold separately

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IbanezRG8 8-String Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Recording (9)
  • School bands (6)
  • Small venues (6)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A good value 8-string

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...Read complete review

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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Pretty bad, but an entry into 8-string

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...Read complete review

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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(20 of 26 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.

    (12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A good value 8-string

    By Locknutmonster

    from Tulsa, OK

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    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.

    (5 of 24 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.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best value for an 8 I've seen yet!

    By Audeo

    from Rohnert Park, CA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Good Pickups But Not Gre
    • Pickups Are Just Ok

    Best Uses

    • For Anything Really
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

    This guitar has changed the way I look at other guitars. It makes so many other guitars look over priced and stupid! The neck is so thin that jumping from a 6 to this was effortless! The pickups are not bad for an extended range, but could be upgraded. The strings are really stable and Ibanez does a good job of keeping tunings flexible and sharp! It weighs less then a 250$ Squire, and sounds better over all then most brands out there. This thing honestly ties with its Iron Label bug brother, and could surpass it with EMG 808's or Humbuckers switching out the stock pickups. Over all, this was one of the best purchases I've ever made on a guitar, and is one of the best deals out there right now!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar!

    By Metalhead

    from Union City, MI

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    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.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing value after a setup

      By JBL22

      from SE PA

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      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.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great axe for right price

          By Kreechstoff

          from Abingdon,Va

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          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.

           
          4.0

          I love this thing

          By Metallifox

          from Douglas, WY

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands

          Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

          This thing plays great! The feel is super sleek and smooth. This was the first Ibanez I've owned but it's quality is better than any other 8 string another brad has made that I've played. My only beef is the poor pick up but for me thats an easy fix, and for the money it was expected. This is a great starter for people who want to get into 8-string playing.

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          buy this guitar!

          By Audeo

          from Rohnert Park, CA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Had Good Stability Over A
          • Has An Awesome Neck
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Pickups Are Just Ok

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is dynamite! For the price, it is possibly one of the best purchases I've made. Got it at a local guitar store, and when I first picked it up, I knew I had to have it! Recommend to anyone looking for an extended range boost!

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Guitar

          By OGC 99iis90

          from Johnstown, PA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Ibanez RG8 8-String Electric Guitar:

            Extremely good for drop tuning, neck is very versatile, great looking. It is great for anything really, I play with the same tuning as After the Burial and it sounds awesome. My only 'complaint' is that I think it should come with thicker gauged strings out of the box. Rocksmith is difficult with the upper strings (high B and E) but that can be fixed with a higher gauge. Overall based on every dimension of this guitar i would give it a 9.5 out of 10, only because the strings otherwise it's a 10.

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