Ibanez RGMS8-BK Multiscale

Electric Guitar

  • 8-String
  • Body: Mahogany
  • 5-Piece neck: Maple/Walnut
  • Fretboard: Jatoba
  • Neck profile: Wizard II-8
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Multiscale scale: 692 mm (8th string) and 648 mm (1st string)
  • Nut width: 55 mm
  • Pickups: 2 Array-8 MS humbuckers
  • Mono Rail bridge
  • Colour: Black

Further Information

Number of Strings 8
Style ST
Color Black
Body Mahogany
Top No
Neck Maple, Walnut
Fretbboard Jatoba
Frets 24
Long Scale 686 mm
Short Scale 648 mm
Pickups HH
Active Pickups No
Vibrato No
incl. Case No
incl. Case No

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Probably the best affordable multiscale 8 string

Ervin0, 30.05.2018
In short, it's a very well built instrument and has some features that show Ibanez's attention to detail. There's also a pretty glaring omission, but I'll come back to that later on. I'll start with the good:
* great neck, very well done frets; very comfortable
* the 8th string tuning peg is a bit larger, so it can accomodate heavier gauge strings
* truss rod adjustment wheel at the base of the neck (where it meets the body); much easier to adjust and to reach
* mono-rail bridge, really comfortable for the right hand when muting
* great pickups, clear and defined sound; the factory wiring is also a plus: 5 way switch, with the standard 3 full humbucker positions (bridge, neck&bridge, neck), a neck wired in parallel position and a split coil position which selects the inner coils of the 'buckers (think strat position 2/4)
Apart from some minor adjustment issues from the factory (loose pot, pickup cable sticking out a bit), there is only one big flaw this guitar has, in my opinion: the bridge is not grounded, so any hum you get is not going to go away when touching the strings; I'm not sure why Ibanez missed this, perhaps due to the construction of the bridge. Because the monorail bridge consists of separate elements for each string, it has to be made sure that the elements are in contact with each other in order to properly ground all of the strings.

However, if you make sure your guitar amp is grounded (which you should do anyway!), then you will have no hum issues. The pickups are pretty quiet even at high gain.

All in all, this is pretty much the best choice for an 8-string if you're on a budget.
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Much part!

RiffMaster, 22.05.2018
About me: I started playing guitar at the age of 18 (an Ibanez 7-string) but then came the university, the job and now, with almost 30, this hobby was more or less put on hold.
I have been fascinated by 8 strings for years and have already owned 4, but sold all again because I could not intone a deep E clean at any one of them.
When I saw the RGMS8 I thought, I could give it a try and see if the passion for the music is coming back to life.
And behold!
Unpacked, tried and it was immediately clear: the remains!
To the positive:
- Extremely clean processed, the neck sits with millimeter precision in the body, there are no gaps at all recognizable
- The neck is Ibanez-typically extremely comfortable and there is virtually no getting used to with the fan-fret fingerboard. Even friends, who otherwise play neither 8 strings nor fan-fret, immediately felt at ease
- Perfect intonation on all strings, I've never experienced anything like that, especially in the lower register!
- Enlarged tuner for the 8th string: Would say you could also use a 90s string
- The pickups sound (Ibanez untypical ..) excellent!

negative:
- The pots grind something, not the best quality
- The fretboard triangle above the saddle could visually disturb one or the other

But that's it!
All in all, a 4 star guitar for me, but with little effort (exchange potis, possibly locking tuner) easily a 5!
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