Legator 100 PE 8 or Ibanez RG8

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Ibanez or Legator

  1. Ibanez RG8

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  2. Legator 100 PE 8

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  1. Tortellini

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    I can't speak from personal experience, but it at least it seems to me that Legator has a bad QC reputation
     
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    Got any sources? I'd be interested to see.
     
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    KnightBrolaire tinkerer/aspiring builder/8 string hoarder

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    Okay. That's extremely bad. Have you guys ever personally played one?
     
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    M3CHK1LLA angel sword guardian

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    i own an rg8...decent guitar for the money. i did have an issue with my first one and was able to exchange no prob.

    have not played the other
     
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    Well, from my RG8 experience and other Guitars in this price range i've played:
    Plan to replace the pickups. The RG8's pickups work but don't deliver any great tones.
    Plan for a setup. Either by yourself, or, if your not capable of doing it, by a luthier. Mine needed frets leveled and a complete setup.

    So, from my personal experience: If your serious on the 8 string plan get something better. When you add up the RG8 and a set of SD 8 String pickups your already in the territory of much better guitars imho. Also, resell value of an RG8 isn't that great either.
    Don't get me wrong, the RG8 is a decent guitar for the money. It's just that the pickup upgrade alone is so expensive that it's not really worth it...
     
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    This is for my friend who is a beginner. (It's what he wants)
    He isn't trying to do studio quality music. He's trying to jam.
    He's using my old Ibanez Gio as of now, and he's looking at the RG8 or the Legator as his first guitar.

    Unfortunately, the Legator seems like a bad option now. I was gonna buy a 7 that looked perfect for $300, but now idk. It's that or the Schecter Demon 7 for $429
     
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    Wether a 8-String is a good choice for a beginner is another discussion. I personally still feel like the 8 string is a completely different Instrument to play than a "normal" guitar. But that's my impression.
    If he's set on an 8 string, the RG8 is certainly a great first. Make sure to go to the store and play it. Then buy the exact one you played. With the lower end Ibanez stuff the fit and finish varys a bit. Also, get some new strings with it. The stock ones are way to slinky. Especially when you're a beginner coming from a 6 string, the 8th string is a bit of a hassle. You need a good amount of control in your right hand to make it sound great. Beefier strings help with that.
     
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    We played one at Guitar Center that was solid, but they sold it. I don't think it's a bad deal to get a used one honestly.
    He's planning on getting the Ernie Ball Skinny Tops with the guitar. Hopefully 80-9 is big enough lol
     
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    if you can find a cheap schecter 8 string used then I'd recommend that. I just got an avenger 8 and it's excellent.
     
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    Honestly the two should be extremely similar in terms of quality.

    I have an RG8 (WNF version with mahogany body) and I love it. Good neck, decent quality construction, no apparent issues, and the stock sound is surprisingly decent. The pickups could be better at balance between each of the strings, but other than that small problem I love them.

    I also have a Legator, specifically a Ninja 200 SE 7 string. I LOVE the neck on it, and honestly have no real complaints other than a few small issues that are common for Chinese/Indonesian instruments (fret ends could be a little better, one pot turned a little loose, tuners could be a little nicer).

    I'd love to try a Legator 8 string, as the rounder neck of my 7 is just too comfy. However, I don't recommend one over the other.
     
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    I've looked at Agiles before. Seem good. I think the QC problems were what put my buddy off of Agile (and now Legator)
    He may be a beginner, but he's smart enough to know that he may not notice all of the QC problems because of lack of experience. It's better just to go with a guitar you can see in the store and that way if the electronics are badly wired he doesn't have to ship it all the way back, he can just turn it back in at the store and talk to a real person about it. He'll probably wait until Guitar Center gets another RG8 and get that one.
     
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    Agile really don't have that many qc problems anymore.
     
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    I'm honestly considering the 100 PE 7 for myself. It's perfect, but I'm super nervous about ordering one because I'm afraid of getting one totally ....ed up and having to return it. The whole exchanging things and mailing back and forth ruins the new guitar experience for me.
     
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    I hadn't heard that. I'll look into em more.
     
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    Played both. I much prefer the RG8.

    The Legator only had one thing over the Ibby, and that was the neck pickup sounded better. Everything else was better on the Ibby.
     
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    Thanks for your input man!
    That actually helps a lot.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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