Recommendations for next 8-string electric

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  1. Zott

    Zott SS.org Regular

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    Currently I have an ESP LTD FM-408 neck-thru 8-string with a 25.5" scale length, gauge is normal 10s for the first six strings plus 56 on seventh and 68 on eighth. Fixed bridge.

    Anyway, the ESP has been a good guitar for what it is, but I'm looking to get something with a longer scale length to help with the lower string tension, tone, and feel on the frets-probably 27 inch, though I might consider 28" or fanned fret, depending on how the specific guitar feels. Need 24 frets, double cutaway, prefer smooth, contoured bodies, not spiky/pointy shapes.

    I tend to prefer neck-thru but have an Ibanez bolt-on bass that feels great at the joint, so I'm open to either--the smoothness of the transition from neck to body and depth of the cutaways are what counts. (The closer to the actual end of the fretboard the cutaways are, the better.)

    No strong preference on pickups, controls, or hardware, but I like options in sound (e.g., 5-way switch vs. 3-way, coil tap, etc.) and may mod later if I'm not happy with the stock controls. My older guitars were Ibanez or similar with passive pickups, while my ESP has EMG 808s. Would be happy to try something different, passive or active.

    Been a while since I went shopping for a guitar, so wondering what people would recommend from their experience in the past few years, whether new or used, below US$1500. (Unless there's a compelling reason to pay more--aesthetics and brand name don't count as compelling in my book, and mass manufacturing has lowered prices on things like 8-strings and fan frets considerably. I did consider paying up for a custom, but the production time and additional uncertainty involved made me reconsider.)
     
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  2. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Agile.

    You don't seem too picky, so choose an Agile that you dig.
     
  3. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire despair ahead

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    agile, or a used schecter c8/avenger 8 (if you can find one). A used kiesel vader would be more expensive but they're usually pretty well made ime.
     
  4. Acaciastrain360

    Acaciastrain360 Agile INTERCEPTOR PRO 828

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  6. Acaciastrain360

    Acaciastrain360 Agile INTERCEPTOR PRO 828

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    29.4” scale!? Fucking beast, you’d need chimp arms to play that
     
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    NorCal_Val SS.org Regular

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    Nah.
    You’d be surprised.
    It’s very functional.
     
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  8. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    That's only .775" longer than your Agile 828's 28.625" scale. Since the M80M has the bridge and overall scale pushed further towards the tail end of the guitar, it'll actually be a shorter reach to the end of the neck.
     
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  9. Acaciastrain360

    Acaciastrain360 Agile INTERCEPTOR PRO 828

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    Very nice indeed! Sounds like a possible future investment, although I am so happy with the agile
     
  10. jephjacques

    jephjacques BUTTS LOL

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    You've got no shortage of decent options under $1500. I'd say pick up a used RG2228/852 but that's just my personal preference.
     
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    Used rg2228.

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    But seriously for the money you'll end up spending on a decent 8 a used prestige 2228 will be hard to beat and will cost you about the same.

    I don't know what the market is like where you are but over here they're very cheap for what they are.
     

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