I live in a fairly small town so its not common to come across an 8 string guitar, so when one of the local music stores got a Schecter 8 string in I played it for about 10 mins and was hooked. I've had a 7 string for a couple years now and decided to make the switch to the 8. I don't have the cash right now for an 8 string but I do have some materials, tools and patience to take on a build. 8 string 26.5" scale wenge neck undecided on the fretboard wood so far multi-piece laminate red oak body painted solid color hipshot bridge DiMarzio pups Starting with the neck, its a 4 piece laminate of Wenge, just cause I'm paranoid of warping or I would've just used a single piece. Got the scarf joint at about 11.5-12 degree angle. This is the template I was planning to use for the body. It'll be several pieces of red oak laminated together, which will be kinda ugly but functional, and not to worry, I planned to do a solid color paint job anyway. ... and the headstock shape. Kinda simple but I like the strings to pull over the top of the nut and go as straight as possible to the tuners. Just think it looks nice. I just started this yesterday so thats it for now. More to come soon.