#1
Okay, so I've been thinking about buying an eight-string guitar in the last few months, and I wanted to see what you guys would recommend. It would be my first eight, so I don't want something ridiculously expensive. Something less than $800 if possible.

My amp is an MG100HDFX head with A/B cabs, if that helps at all.

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#2
I'd suggest buying a new head first. But, otherwise, Rondo Music.
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#3
Check into Agile. The guy above said rondo music. thats where youll find them. Ive been wanting one for quite some time now. But im broke. haha.
#5
yeah check out a used peavey windsor head. $250
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#6
yeah for under $800, either the new LTD 8s if you dont mind simple, black guitars. or look at Agiles on rondomusic for longer scale lengths and a little variety in the finishes.

id also suggest a new head first though, because i dont feel like you'll be super impressed with it through an MG like i was with my 8 through my tube head.

if you just happened to be able to expand your budget ceiling, id definitely say go for one of the new carvin 8s. they are AMAZING and are barely larger than an average superstrat. my carvin 8 is the same size as my schecter c-1 classic, but the schecter weighs more! and damn, they are as fun to look at as they are to play! click the DC800 link in my sig if you haven't seen mine yet


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#8
Honestly, an MG won't be able to handle the low F#/E/Whatever you're tuning to. I play my 8-string through the MGs at college for rehearsals and it's ****ing terrible. If I were you I'd save up a bit longer and get a new amp aswell.
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#9
Id say spend $400 on an ltd lh-208 and then look into somelike like a used valveking head and a decent distortion pedal
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#10
im sure with whatever guitar your considering,

ull get over wanting an 8 string. its a fad. a fad that just blew up out of nowhere.

u will feel like u wasted money later on so just go for an amp. like metal? (im assuming since the need of an 8 and since ur a 7 string owner, and those guitars for the most part are used for more extreme music.)

for $600 u can find a well enough 6505 used.

with the remaining $200 u get a decent 2x12 cab used.
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for $600 u can find a well enough 6505 used.

with the remaining $200 u get a decent 2x12 cab used.


If oyu can get a 6505 go for it, ive got one and they're great. in the way of 8 strings try the new LTD models, they get a lot of criticism for only having a 25.5" scale but i think they they play real nice and are good for the price. that or agile
#12
Quote by EspTro
im sure with whatever guitar your considering,

ull get over wanting an 8 string. its a fad. a fad that just blew up out of nowhere.

u will feel like u wasted money later on so just go for an amp. like metal? (im assuming since the need of an 8 and since ur a 7 string owner, and those guitars for the most part are used for more extreme music.)

for $600 u can find a well enough 6505 used.

with the remaining $200 u get a decent 2x12 cab used.

Yep, just like 7 strings are a fad that blew up out of nowhere
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#13
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Yep, just like 7 strings are a fad that blew up out of nowhere

This.

Its all about picking the right tools to create the music you want to hear.
8 strings have been around for a while, they've just gotten popular in metal somewhat recently. Also, 200 bucks for a decent used 2x12? I can think of the bugera 2x12. That's about it.
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Quote by EspTro
im sure with whatever guitar your considering,

ull get over wanting an 8 string. its a fad. a fad that just blew up out of nowhere.

u will feel like u wasted money later on so just go for an amp. like metal? (im assuming since the need of an 8 and since ur a 7 string owner, and those guitars for the most part are used for more extreme music.)

for $600 u can find a well enough 6505 used.

with the remaining $200 u get a decent 2x12 cab used.


Just a fad eh? Have fun in your little dream world. We people down on planet earth wont' be joining you.

TS: An Agile sounds right for you, however don't discount Schecters or Ibanez's. The RGA8 is nice, but you can probably get more bang for your buck from Schecter. That is if you gel with the neck profile

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Quote by Tango616
This.

Its all about picking the right tools to create the music you want to hear.
8 strings have been around for a while, they've just gotten popular in metal somewhat recently. Also, 200 bucks for a decent used 2x12? I can think of the bugera 2x12. That's about it.

Craigslist, bro. It's where I've gotten my last two 4x12s, and I never spent over $150.
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#16
i think people have been taking my post a bit too seriously.

but srsly, how musical is that low 8th string compared to how the 7 string was used.

today's music composed with 8 strings aren't about the strings or notes themselves, rather the rhythm and syncopation. (grooves)

anyone that misinterprets this as hate needs to read better
i suggested the OP to spend his money more wisely.
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i think people have been taking my post a bit too seriously.

but srsly, how musical is that low 8th string compared to how the 7 string was used.

today's music composed with 8 strings aren't about the strings or notes themselves, rather the rhythm and syncopation. (grooves)

anyone that misinterprets this as hate needs to read better
i suggested the OP to spend his money more wisely.

And what makes grooves over note choice unmusical?
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#18
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And what makes grooves over note choice unmusical?


i didnt say it was unmusical. i said not as musical. hence refering to my opinion on how i beleive notes are more part of the music rather the the groove.

thats MY opinion. yours may be different

and i really do love grooving with the djent as much as the next guy but the explanation above was just my process i went through when i wanted an 8 string too
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Quote by EspTro
i didnt say it was unmusical. i said not as musical. hence refering to my opinion on how i beleive notes are more part of the music rather the the groove.

thats MY opinion. yours may be different

and i really do love grooving with the djent as much as the next guy but the explanation above was just my process i went through when i wanted an 8 string too

Well that's just like.. your opinion, man.
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#20
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Craigslist, bro. It's where I've gotten my last two 4x12s, and I never spent over $150.

And what kind of 4x12's were these now.

As for EspTro, more musical? Go check out some 8 string technical metal.
Even 7 string, like some Jeff Loomis stuff, add an 8th string along with the mind blowing shred of all 7 strings for some djent and you have some amazing musicality.
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#21
Quote by EspTro
i think people have been taking my post a bit too seriously.

but srsly, how musical is that low 8th string compared to how the 7 string was used.

today's music composed with 8 strings aren't about the strings or notes themselves, rather the rhythm and syncopation. (grooves)

Completely wrong. Everything that is done with the 7th string can be used and extended onto the 8th string. Listen to Tosin Abasi, for example. Granted, yes, grooves and syncopation are elements that are common in bands that use 8 string guitars, but if you think an 8 string is entirely about that then you need to watch more 8 string players.
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#22
I would definitely recommend an Agile, there are a lot of positive reviews on those.

But, if you are willing to save some more money, aim for a Carvin.
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for all you "eight strings are unmusical" people,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmfzWpp0hMc ill leave this here.



for all you "ill just go ahead and misinterpret this guys post"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwxO0bt1Qgo

srsly, y are u people still recommending him guitars? hes playing through an MG Stack.

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Quote by Nico the Great
Completely wrong. Everything that is done with the 7th string can be used and extended onto the 8th string. Listen to Tosin Abasi, for example. Granted, yes, grooves and syncopation are elements that are common in bands that use 8 string guitars, but if you think an 8 string is entirely about that then you need to watch more 8 string players.


i never said it was impossible, but the guy here thats looking to buy an 8 string isnt tosin. and tosin has said in multiple interviews that he for the most part (given his drop E tuning) uses the low 8th to add re-occurring bass notes into his chords. but he also does make use of it.

im liking the healthy discussion in this thraed (no sarcasm)
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