Ibanez RG Series RG8 - White

8-string Solidbody Electric Guitar with Basswood Body, Maple/Walnut Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - White
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8-strings: It's All About Options

With the Ibanez RG8 solidbody 8-string electric guitar, you get options. Put up a wall of sound with huge, thick chords; launch runs that start really low; play bass lines; discover new chord voicings - the possibilities are endless. With its maple/walnut 5-piece neck, string-through-body fixed bridge, and IBZ-8 humbuckers, this axe is built for hard-core front-line duty. The RG8 doesn't feel like a 6-string with extra strings - it's an amazingly playable instrument unto itself. Considering a 8-string? Check out the Ibanez RG8.

Ibanez RG8 8-string Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Ibanez wrote the book on production 8-string guitars
  • IBZ-8 humbuckers deliver articulation, sustain, and tonal versatility
  • A universe of tuning options lets you forge your signature sound
Ibanez wrote the book on production 8-string guitars

8-string guitars are a breed apart, and they can bring an otherworldly intensity to your music. To prove the point, check out Animals As Leaders to hear dueling Ibanez 8-strings as majestically wielded by Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes. Why Ibanez? Well, the company pretty much wrote the book on production 7- and 8-string electric guitars. The Ibanez RG8 sports an ideal 27" scale that keeps your low strings sounding nice and tight, even with dropped tunings. Ibanez's 8-string design and construction techniques (a 5-piece neck and a string-through-body fixed bridge) contribute to the RG8's unique, authoritative, eminently musical voice.

IBZ-8 humbuckers deliver articulation, sustain, and tonal versatility

The Ibanez RG8 is fitted with two IBZ-8 humbucking pickups. Regardless of the tuning you're employing, you get clear articulation, long sustain, and awesome tonal versatility. Designed specifically for 8-string guitars, the IBZ-8 gives you the clearest, fattest low end you've ever felt from a guitar pickup, along with sparkling highs. It's this kind of tonal versatility that makes the Ibanez RG8 ideal for metal, fusion, and most any flavor of rock.

A universe of tuning options lets you forge your signature sound

There are quite a few ways to tune an 8-string guitar. The Ibanez RG8 comes to you with a factory drop tuning of 1D#, 2A#, 3F#, 4C#, 5G#, 6D#, 7A#, and 8F. Where you go from there is your business. Tune in major thirds. Bracket your standard 6-string guitar tuning with a low B and a high G or A. The possibilities are enticing, aren't they? Ibanez RG8 is an affordable opportunity to forge your signature sound. Go for it.

Ibanez RG8 8-string Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • An 8-string you'll want to rock with!
  • Comfortable, resonant basswood body
  • 5-piece maple/walnut Wizard II-8 neck (27" scale)
  • Rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and pearl dot inlays
  • String-through-body fixed bridge
  • Dual humbuckers include an IBZ-8N (neck) and an IBZ-8B (bridge)
Forge your signature sound with the Ibanez RG8!

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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 White
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 RG8WHRG8WH
Tuners Ibanez
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup IBZ-8 Humbucker
Bridge Pickup IBZ-8 Humbucker
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 3-way blade
Manufacturer Part Number RG8WH

Customer Reviews

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This totaly rocks!!

My brother loves his 8 strings. Just can't let it down!!

Very Nice for the Price!

I've had my RG8 for about a week now, so here's a quasi-informed review: Makes a good first impression, overall build quality is good and tight, finish is all good, hardware ditto. Slightly mystified by the tuning- Ibanez and Sweetwater both advertise a factory-standard drop tuning, but mine arrived with the top 6 strings tuned like a standard gitty, and the bottom two tuned to C and G. Well, OK, I'd planned to concoct a deviant tuning of my own anyway. The action was set about as low as possible- frankly, a little too low for a numble-fingered klutz like me. Again, OK, I always plan to set-up a new guitar to my liking. So I mess with a few tuning variations for awhile, and settle on one I like. Then I raise the action, about ~1/64 or so. Then I go to set the intonation for my tuning- which is where the gremlins appear: turns out that in order to get enough compensation (added string length for accurate intonation, ie, moving the bridge saddle back), I have to halve the springs for the two lowest strings, and either shorten the bolt or add a spacer behind the bridge body on the lowest string's saddle. I suspect that if I wanted to tune that string down to the "factory" F, I'd be unable to move that saddle back far enough! And oh yes, another factor on the bottom string's saddle is those little grooves they put for the saddles screws on the highest and lowest strings- to move the saddle any further back, I'd have to get out of the groove, and that ain't groovy.Now maybe most folks in this instrument's target demographic will just play it the way they get it, and thus be spared dealing with these little oddities. But if you're inclined to dither with your tunings or action (and string gauges, even), be forewarned.That half-star's worth of vexation aside, this is an excellent instrument for the benjamins- the more I play it, the more I like. You probably won't be headlining Ozzfest or whatever with this thing, but for the rest of us it's fine. Dial in some gain and distortion, and you can make like a faux-Jack Bruce on the low strings while you get all Sonic Youth on the rest of 'em. Fun, fun, fun! And playing through a clean amp can get you some great, low-down sounds, as well as the chord-voicing possibilities of two extra strings. I got this thing to break out of the usual ingrained 6-string ruts, and believe me, it works!Thanks to Ryan Murphy and the rest of the SWTR gang. This one's a keeper!
See also: 8 String Electric Guitars, Ibanez, Ibanez 8-string Guitars, Ibanez Solidbody Guitars