Hi guys, Im on the hunt for my first 8 string. I've been playing guitar for a while now and I already owned several 6 strings and Im currently playing a LTD h1007 7 string. Im looking to play both djenty stuff and clean/jazzy stuff like Rob Scallons original material. Normally, I would try them out and buy the one I like best but due to the sad fact that I live in New Zealand, I can only order online. If you have an opinion or know anything about there guitars, please let me know. Also, price is not an issue as I will be working over the summer. (Its summer in NewZealand) I have short listed the guitars of interest and here they are. Ibanez RG2228 Prestige (emg version) Schecter hellraiser c8 Ibanez Iron Label Fan Fret (again emg) 7 and 8 String Electric Guitars - 7, 8 and 9 String Electric Guitar - Ibanez RG Fan Fret 8 String Electric Guitar, Black Stain Jackson SLATFXMG 3-8 Soloist (emg) JACKSON SLATFXMG3-8 SOLOIST (8-STRING) - SATIN BLACK 8STR - Guitars | NZ Rockshop All of them have EMGS which I plan on swapping out for Bareknuckles or Nazgul/sentients later on so pickups are not an issue. I found that Tonewoods dont really affect that sound that much relative to how much eq and good amp settings do. Moreover, Im concerned about the Schecter's and Jackson's 26.5 scale length compared to the 27 inch on the Ibanez'. Does the extra half inch make a huge difference on the low string tension? or is it negligible Thanks!