Price paid: $ 1799.99
Purchased from: GuitarCenter
Sound — 10
This guitar can be used for any type of music style, from classical and jazz, to death and thrash metal. The two added bass strings give an even more versatile style of metal, which for me is good, as I play most styles of metal which some times need and extra "chug" if you know what I mean. I run it through my Line 6 Spider III HD150 amp head and a Line 6 Spider III 4X12 Cab. The sounds are great, and as I said before, this works for any genre.
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing for five years, and in 4 and half of those I've always used 6-strings. Even though I still have a 6-string as my backup, just in case something happens, I use this as my regular. If this was lost or stolen, I'll have to think twice about it, cause it took me an @$$ of a long time to get it, I have to care for it with my life.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've so far used it at three gigs. At one of them, my strap broke and the guitar fell, headstock first to the ground. To my surprising, only 1mm of paint chipped off. But after that incident I've decided to get a couple of good quality straps, and take my backup with me, which is a 6-string.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I just know it must have been tricky to set up an 8 string, but the guys at the factory made and amazing job at it. The guitar was amazing from the time I took it out of the case. Flawless to the bone. The pickups are adjusted perfectly, and create a perfect sound for anything.
Features — 10
This is the first mass produced eight string guitar made. This was started in March 2007, but my buddy talked me into trying one at the local Guitar Center, I fell in love with it. After harassing my parents for about 2 years and getting all A's on my school report, I finally got the eight string monster. It says that is was made in Japan in 2008. Has 24 Jumbo frets, which are perfect for advanced playing, and a 27" scale. Made of a 5-Piece neck (Maple/Wenge/Maple/Wenge/Maple). The body is a basic basswood body, it comes with a Galaxy Black finish and black chrome hardware. The body style is the Standard body style RG body that any Ibanez has, the bridge is a Fixed Edge-III 8 bridge, the pickups are the amazing EMG 808 Humbucking pickups which active of course, and the electronics are a simple 1 Volume, 1 Tone and a 3-Way Switch. This comes with a custom-made case for it.