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    Explore the deeper, darker side of your musical soul.

    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.

    Features

    • Eight string
    • 24 Fret
    • Menacing appearance
    • Sharp, biting tone
    • Fast neck
    • Case sold separately

    Order a metal machine that is not for the meek.

     

    RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • 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
     
    4.4

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    digga digga harmonic scales

    Don't listen to any other reviews, This one counts Because mine has been fully used and tested on many amps, tube and solid state. Here are the facts:
    1.The low strings...Read complete review

    Don't listen to any other reviews, This one counts Because mine has been fully used and tested on many amps, tube and solid state. Here are the facts:
    1.The low strings sound muddy unless you boost the treble on your amp. My tube amps tend to get better low end response when the treble is higher and my solid states just tend to make this guitar seem a bit flat sounding.
    2.The neck is good, don't listen to anyone else on that.. cause it is. I have the hands of a carnie folk.. so believe me.
    3.It uses AA batteries like your TV remote, your own opinion applies on that one.
    4.Double locking, so yeah, it stays in tune once the strings are stretched.
    5.I have mine tuned with 3 E strings E-B-E-A-D-G-B-E and i think it was meant for this because its the best sounding tune ive tried so far.
    6.There are better pickups out there and they WILL improve your low end response..
    7.This guitar IS worth it.
    8.Tosin and his rhythm dude use these and they put in dimarzio deactivators.. sounds good to me.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Really, Ibanez?

    I must admit, I typically expect much better from Ibanez, especially for a guitar at this price. i usually like their instruments...BUT NOT IN THIS CASE!!!! Tone is crap,...Read complete review

    I must admit, I typically expect much better from Ibanez, especially for a guitar at this price. i usually like their instruments...BUT NOT IN THIS CASE!!!! Tone is crap, electronics suck, locking bridge system is annoying, and the neck is almost unplayable.
    It was completely atrocious! The electronics couldn't handle the low notes, despite the extended scale, the overall tone was very muddy, and the neck felt like a caveman's club (and I have LONG fingers!). I was really disappointed with this instrument. Save yourself the insanity and go buy a Schecter. The Damien 8 isn't bad, the Devil Spine-8 is awesome, and the Hellraiser C-8 is beyond amazing. If Schecter isn't your thing, give Agile a shot.

    I wouldn't bother with an 8-string from Ibanez. The only reason Dino Cazares and Meshuggah get a good sound from their Ibanez guitars is because they are all custom shop models, and these guys are using top of the line amplification and studio effects.Neck - Almost unplayable. Ibanez is generally known for their necks, and in this case, I'd say they came up short...that's putting it LIGHTLY, I might add.

    Electronics - Active/Passive toggle is completely useless. Passive mode sounds god-awful, active mode is mediocre at best. Pickups in general were highly disappointing.

    Bridge - A double-locking bridge system has very little use if it's not actually a tremolo system. The bridge on this guitar was a major annoyance to me, and wasn't very comfortable to mute on, either.

    Tuners - One word: CHEAP.
    I really would have expected better from a reputable company like Ibanez. Better luck next time...
    Only if I were looking for an el-cheapo beater 8-string.

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    4.0

    despite electronics, still great

    By winter

    from germany

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Great Neck
    • Super Balance

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

    I read a bit about this guitar prior to buying, and expected the electronics to be flat and boring. I ordered a pair of blackouts just in case, and had them installed immediately, vastly improving the sound. Other than that, the guitar is my new favorite. The neck is obviously very wide, but the Wizard II system keeps it from feeling unwieldy. The sculpted contours of the body are comfortable and help reduce weight too. It was sort of a toss-up between this and the Black Label, but I am very partial to the fixed Edge Bridge. I am overall satisfied with my purchase. If you are not prepared to have new electronics installed, and not married to this body style or Edge Bridge, you may want to go with the Black Label. I would recommend Ibanez for the overall quality though.

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    digga digga harmonic scales

    By NICHOLASHAPPENS

    from Kansas City

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Looks Rad
    • Neck Is Solid

    Cons

    • Muddy Lows
    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Killing Tiny Animals
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

    Don't listen to any other reviews, This one counts Because mine has been fully used and tested on many amps, tube and solid state. Here are the facts:
    1.The low strings sound muddy unless you boost the treble on your amp. My tube amps tend to get better low end response when the treble is higher and my solid states just tend to make this guitar seem a bit flat sounding.
    2.The neck is good, don't listen to anyone else on that.. cause it is. I have the hands of a carnie folk.. so believe me.
    3.It uses AA batteries like your TV remote, your own opinion applies on that one.
    4.Double locking, so yeah, it stays in tune once the strings are stretched.
    5.I have mine tuned with 3 E strings E-B-E-A-D-G-B-E and i think it was meant for this because its the best sounding tune ive tried so far.
    6.There are better pickups out there and they WILL improve your low end response..
    7.This guitar IS worth it.
    8.Tosin and his rhythm dude use these and they put in dimarzio deactivators.. sounds good to me.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Guitar!

    By Brian Ailport

    from Arlington Heights, IL

    Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

    I love this guitar! Well built and ready to rock out of the box. Alot of people change out the pickups but I think if your amp is at least a 100 watt tube amp the sound is clear and powerful enough already.
    Fun to play! I've been playing 7 string guitars for about 10 years and thought why not? The RGA8 is a well built easy to play guitar. I've tried every brand and model 8 string and the Ibanez line up is most comfortable to play. Thin fast neck, decent weight balance similar to a 7 string, and great overall out of the box sound. Fine tuners are great. Active pickups. What more do you need?
    Feels well built. Neck is thin fast easy to play and straight as an arrow. Bridge with fine tuners is a great option. Locking nut insures it stays in tune. Hardware feels solid. Tuners are tight. Overall very pleased with quality.
    The feel and playability of this guitar makes it well worth the price.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    RGA-8 pleasently supprised, very!!

    By Johnathan Keller

    from Salem, Or

    Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

    As stated before, the pick-up's are edgy to say the least, but they should get you by untill you can get some Bare Knuckle's or Duncan's or DiMarrzio's, whatever your poison.

    I'm partial to the bridge system, because even though it's a fixed bridge, it feel's like a Floyd Rose Trem system, I'm once again, used to playing with a trem system, though this is a fixed bridge. Like I said before I feel "At home" on this bridge.

    Swap the pick-up's get your self a rack styled compressor or a compression pedal, find some 10's or "build" a set of 10's to toss on this and your golden
    I'm giving it an eight here because, let's be canded, the pick-ups aren't that great, however
    I'll admit that I was taken by utter suprise.
    My hands are small they measure 7" in length from the base of my palm to the top of my middle finger, and yet. . . NO playability issues. Other than the fact that the high G-e would fret out past the tweth fret, but where I played this was full of total NOOB's so it' wasn't tunned proporly.

    Ibanez tunes there 8's F-Bb-Eb-Ab-Db-gb-bb-eb, alot of it has to do with the 27" scale length, they tune that way to retain playability.

    Pro's;
    1. playable, even for people with smaller hands
    2. Mohogany body
    3. stright forward control lay-out (1. Vol, 3-way blade switch w/ Mid-scoop switch)
    4. Locking nut/bridge great for people who are used to and comfortable w/ Floyds

    Con's;
    1. pick-ups aren't that good

    I will say this much for the pick-up's they wheren't muddy like one would expect from the AH-7's
    they did have good deffinition, but the lacked depth.
    The RGA-8 I played was a used model that they had gotten in on trade,
    I could kinda tell that it'd been put through the wringger once or twice, but it was still
    holding up nicely.

    Mohogany is ALWAYS a plus, I'm some wierd mix of a noodler and a groove machine.
    The Tonality of mohogany is a good fit for me on both count's

    I really can't see too much in the way of this thing not holding up, it's a fixed bridge and the
    mounting stud's are BEEFY! I can however state that Ibanez's Edge trem system's don't hold up all that well, exluding the prestige ZR Edge model's.
    I don't own this instrument, but I have used it. I honestly don't think that the price is a bad deal for an eight-string, they're still kinda a "rare bird" so to speak.

    but in all logic and eight-string is tough to beat for versatillity.

    It's deffinatly a stright-forward model.
    I feel as though that I'm a little bit partial particularly to THIS eight-string. If for no other reason that the bridge system, I'm a Floyd junkie so I feel "Right at home" so to speak with this instrument

    I have EVERY intent of purchasing this when I aqquier the funds!!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    RGA8 better than expected!

    By Michael Mark

    from carrboro, nc

    Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

    Now this guitar is perfect for me! I recommend the RGA8 to anyone interested in extended range guitars or going from a 7 to 8 string.
    The wizard neck is smooth and thin, the FX Edge III-8 fixed bridge with dual locking is awesome for staying in tune and having a mahogany body is a plus. Stock pickups need to be replaced and you need to find a case that will fit.
    I've been using mostly Ibanez guitars over the past 19 years I've been playing and this guitar is definitely of Prestige quality. The construction is solid and overall it felt awesome out of the box. First thing I did was change the factory tuning to EBEADGBE and adjusted the action. Plays super smooth and feels amazing. The drawback are no case and the pickups are definitely lacking. I replaced them with Seymour Duncan Blackouts and got a Gator case and now its perfect!
    For the price, you can't beat it. All you really need to do is change the pickups and its killer.

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    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    physics are great.. electronics are little no go...

    By Omar Khan

    from iraq.

    Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

    as i said again.. just change the pickups.
    I just bought this guitar about two weeks from now.. and i love the way i can move around the whole board .. it's like butter man.. smooth and every thing.. but i didn't like the sound of the pickups there.. may be it's me... cuz i never fell in love with an active humbuckers before..
    little heavy but you will get used to it in the first 5 min.
    last words i would say the best guitar.. just change the pickups.. then you'll get a monster between your hands.
    wood is amazing.. just the elecitronics.... are a no go.
    you sure can get alot with it's value.. but i would say you can get such a guitar with it.

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    (9 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Really, Ibanez?

    By JHMYX666

    from Northern Virginia

    Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

    I must admit, I typically expect much better from Ibanez, especially for a guitar at this price. i usually like their instruments...BUT NOT IN THIS CASE!!!! Tone is crap, electronics suck, locking bridge system is annoying, and the neck is almost unplayable.
    It was completely atrocious! The electronics couldn't handle the low notes, despite the extended scale, the overall tone was very muddy, and the neck felt like a caveman's club (and I have LONG fingers!). I was really disappointed with this instrument. Save yourself the insanity and go buy a Schecter. The Damien 8 isn't bad, the Devil Spine-8 is awesome, and the Hellraiser C-8 is beyond amazing. If Schecter isn't your thing, give Agile a shot.

    I wouldn't bother with an 8-string from Ibanez. The only reason Dino Cazares and Meshuggah get a good sound from their Ibanez guitars is because they are all custom shop models, and these guys are using top of the line amplification and studio effects.Neck - Almost unplayable. Ibanez is generally known for their necks, and in this case, I'd say they came up short...that's putting it LIGHTLY, I might add.

    Electronics - Active/Passive toggle is completely useless. Passive mode sounds god-awful, active mode is mediocre at best. Pickups in general were highly disappointing.

    Bridge - A double-locking bridge system has very little use if it's not actually a tremolo system. The bridge on this guitar was a major annoyance to me, and wasn't very comfortable to mute on, either.

    Tuners - One word: CHEAP.
    I really would have expected better from a reputable company like Ibanez. Better luck next time...
    Only if I were looking for an el-cheapo beater 8-string.

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    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Solid neck and platform, useless electronics.

    By of-the-Island

    from Florida

    Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

    The neck is great... I expected that from an Ibanez over $400. The frets are dressed nice, and action/intonation was great right out of the box. The pickup's and controls sound... dead. They produce a sound more like a digital saw type sound than anything resembling the natural, articulate chimes, harmonics and tones from steel strings. I am playing through a Budda Superdrive 80 so it is definitely not my amp. But for 800 dollars - even if it is entry level - should have some decent enough pickup's to play through a nice amp. I was excited to play this thing but I'd rather play it acoustically. Back to the store we go.

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    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pretty Sweet

    By ErikJohnson

    from Delaware

    Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

    The thing is a beast. the intonation was good wen i got it. the bridge is pretty cool. only bad thing is that i hate that it did not come with a case. and now i have to find a case to fit it. and if you havent looked into 8 strings that much they dont sell guitar strings for an 8 string. you have to get a seven string pack and buy a single string as well. the top string is too floppy but wen you replace that its amazing. Great deal.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The RGA8 is a great guitar.

    By ryaneatsbrains

    from Michigan, USA

    Comments about Ibanez RGA8 8-String Electric Guitar:

    Awesome design, although the mid scoop toggle and pickups you will most likely swap out for something else. The neck is very quick, and as far as looks go it's intimidating to say the least. The picture chosen is misleading, you don't get a flat black finish, you end up with a gloss black finish. Stock string gauges are .009 - .064. I really have no major qualms with this axe. I have played an RG2228 and the RGA8 definitely holds up to the prestige [sans the pickups]. I'd swap them for a set of Bareknuckle Cold Sweats, or Lundgren M8s. You could always install an M8 in the bridge and then a Q-Tuner BL-5 in the neck for an insane amount of clarity and string dynamics. Nice work Ibanez!

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