Ibanez RG8 - Black

8-string Solidbody Electric Guitar with Basswood Body, 5-pc Wizard II Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Black
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Get Low with the RG8!

Get that modern, low-tuned guitar sound with the Ibanez RG8 electric guitar. From its basswood body to its ultra-fast Wizard II-8 neck, the RG8 has the tonewoods that make a guitar great. And you'll love the top-notch black hardware and the rock-solid fixed bridge! This 8-string beast come low-tuned from the factory (F/A#/D#/G#/C#/F#/A#/D#) for metal mayhem. Get the low-tuned chugging sound you're looking for with the Ibanez RG8 8-string electric guitar.

Ibanez RG8 Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Classic RG performance
  • Fixed bridge stability for low tunings
  • Big tonal range with dual humbuckers
Classic RG performance

The Ibanez RG-series of guitars has remained a standard in rock music for the last couple of decades, thanks to the effortless playability of its Wizard II neck. You also get a ton of tone, and scorching hot looks to boot! The Ibanez RG8 combine the best design and features of the RG series.

Fixed bridge stability for low tunings

The Ibanez RG8 sports a fixed bridge, which means no more tuning hassles due to a floating tremolo. Your lowered tunings will be more stable and the string tension will feel looser. When you change tunings at the gig they will be ready to go without messing with the tremolo or loosening locking nuts.

Big tonal range with dual humbuckers

With two humbucking pickups plus five-way switching, you'll be able to shape your tone any way you like on the Ibanez RG8. The low end on this guitar will surprise you. Although it will forever be known as a rock guitar, the RG8's fast playability and tonal variety make it a great guitar for almost any style.

Ibanez RG8 Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Fast-playing, tonally versatile electric guitar
  • Sports the slim profile 5-pc maple/walnut Wizard II-8 neck
  • Humbucker give you full tone across all the strings
  • Factory tuned to F/A#/D#/G#/C#/F#/A#/D# (low to high)
Get low with the Ibanez RG8 8-string guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape RG
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 8
Body Material Basswood
Body Finish Urethane
Color Black
Neck Material 5pc Maple/ Walnut
Neck Shape Slim neck profile
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 27"
Nut Width 2.165"
Nut Material Plastic
Bridge/Tailpiece Fixed
Tuners Ibanez
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup IBZ-8 Humbucker
Bridge Pickup IBZ-8 Humbucker
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 5-way switch
Strings .009-.065
Manufacturer Part Number RG8BK

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Way Cool and Fun to play!

I'm an advanced 6 string shredder and own a Ibanez Prestige 6 string.The neck is thin and fast. I have not had it professionally set up yet, but I am really pleased with it and think that the 8 string is easier to adapt to from 6 string than a 7 string is. The pickups sound fine. This thing is built solid as a tank sort of like a Schecter. You will not be disappointed with this axe. Definitely an inexpensive cool addition to any collection and really fun to experiment with.
Music background: Semi Pro Musician
5/5

Delightfully Suprised

Its not a perfect instrument... but its certainly built above its competition in this price range. Very solid. Great Feel. I personally have changed the pickups, though they weren't bad at all to begin with. An excellent choice for those wanting to venture into the 8 string realm.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Session Player, Closet prog metal junkie
5/5

Quality instrument

The quality of this guitar is second to none. It plays smoothly and the pickups are passive, great clean or distorted and not muddy on the 8th string.The craftsmanship of the instrument is excellent, easily could sell for 700-800 bucks. I am thoroughly satisfied with it excellent buy.
5/5

Excellent Buy

I will say right off the bat, I am very surprised they are selling this for 400 bucks. This guitar has the quality of a 1000 guitar. There are a few items that reminds you this is a budget guitar, but overall this guitar feels midrange level. The good things about this guitar: Frets are nicely done, the pickups sound extremely good and very clear (very surprised). Tone of the guitar and feel are really good. Plays fantastic. The... well reminder that its budget: The neck is not perfectly smooth, and the wood does not resinate tonally as a 1500$+ guitar made of basswood. The paint is pretty cheap feeling. Okay so you can see my grips are really nit picky. But I will say that if I paid 800$ for this I would not have complained. This is a steal for 400$ and if you are wanting an 8 string, I would pick this over the other brands and the RGA8 that Ibanez has. So unless you can go for the premium model stick with this, you won't be sorry.
Music background: Recording, Performing, Producer
4.5/5

Worth every penny!

The 8 string is one of those guitars that I often find myself thinking is of no use to me, then I hear someone play some amazing melodic and brutally heavy music with one and it makes me want to take the plunge so I did when I found the Ibanez RG8 Black! I must admit most of the 8 string guitars I've played around this price range felt like toys and not real professional instruments. The ones on the high end felt like works of art but I'm about to spend that much money on a untested platform like an 8 string so when I found this RG, I knew I found the right guitar for me. The neck feels sleek and smooth like one would expect on the higher end 8 strings and it's consistent from the nut to the 24th fret in feel and shape. A+ for this design. The frets are tall and wide which I love and theres ZERO buzz even on the low F#. I use a set of .008's for the first six strings, then I use a .048 for the low B and a .058 for the low F# and even with these really light strings, I have no buzzing and I get a beautiful chiming tone from this guitar. The bridge looks and feels pretty solid which I think is what's contributing to the nice high end of this guitar. Honestly, I will be changing out the pickups but that's just because I'm very particular about my pickups but these aren't lacking in any way. I played one gig with this guitar in stock trim and it killed. This 8 string is by far, the finest 8 string I've found not only in this price range but even better than some of the more high end stuff.
Music background: Guitar technician
See also: 8 String Electric Guitars, Ibanez, Ibanez 8-string Guitars, Ibanez Solidbody Guitars