Being this is only the second 8 string I have ever played, it was definetely the best. I played an $800 Ibanez at a big name guitar shop and this played way better. Slight fret buzz and minor intonation problems existed but are easily fixed. If you're thinking about buying an 8 string, do it! It is a lot more fun than 6 or 7. Overall this is a great instrument for a low budget!