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
6 Customer Ratings:
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I am blown away... :)
Lord Cabot, 12.04.2019
I was afraid of fanned frets and am very happy to report that neither fanned frets or longer scale length affect my playing what so ever. I am a 25.5" 6 and 7 string player, playing Ibanez JEM and Universe mostly.
The neck is fantastic to play, I can reach the high frets and play scales and arpeggios easily.
The guitar is incredibly light and really small compared to what I was expecting.
The pickups are very, very good. I planned on making a custom Seymour Duncan SH-5, that's my pickup of choice but there is absolutely no need to touch anything. As things are now I plan to keep them in forever.
There is zero noise and playing feels incredibly precise. The 5 way switch is an great feature.
Intonation seems ok, some fret buzz but who cares, I'll take it to a tech anyway.
The only thing I notice is wrong is that the part of the neck near the join is not coated but it's a really small area. Was thinking of giving it 4 stars in quality because of this but for this price I really can't.
I am incredibly happy with this purchase. Ibanez rules. <3

Update:
Ok so it's not all rainbows and there were some minor problems that I have to point out:
1) The truss rod turning mechanism was broken. The little thingy that turns the rod was too short apparently and a tech had to remove the neck and access it with like that. This is not a major problem since the neck and the truss rod are ok but it's certainly a nuisance. Freaked me out.
2) The neck wasn't thourally sanded, it's a slightly rough on some places but nothing too bad.
3) The input jack is on the same place like on a Gibson Les Paul and I hate that. Makes sitting down on a couch and playing difficult, but a 90 degree cable fixed this.
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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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