#1
I finally managed to save up enough money for an 8 string and I've narrowed it down to 2 options.

this one

http://www.rondomusic.com/INTREPIDPRODUAL828MNNAT.HTML

or

http://www.rondomusic.com/intrepiddual828ebblood.html

main differences:

the first guitar has a maple fretboard, mahogany body, and has neck-through construction

the second guitar has an ebony fretboard, ash body but has a bolt on neck
#3
I initially wanted the second one, but I'm not sure how an 8 string would sound like with an Ash body, so I'm kind of wary of that.
#4
Actually, they have different scale lengths, so I'd definitely try them out (or guitars with the same scale length) before you decide to purchase either. As far as aesthetics go, I'd prefer the 828 EB (the second one). And I'm gonna go ahead and throw it out there; 8 strings are overkill.
#5
Definately the bolt on. Ash is perfect for an 8 string. More snap and definition from the low F# than the mahogany for sure. I owned the bolt on and it was a monster. Even with stock pickups it sounded fantastic.
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#6
Don't say "but has a bolt on" like it's a bad thing.

If I were choosing, I'd go with the second one. I'm a big fan of ebony, and ash is nice.
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