Which 8 string should i get

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  1. Djentliman

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    I have no idea which 8 string guitar I should get and the fact that My local music store doesn't have any seven's let alone eight's is a complete ball buster. I currently own an ltd h-207 and the neck is just the right thickness. I don't want ibanez or agile but I'm considering anything from schecter to mayoness. My biggest thing is the neck...big and meaty= no no. For extra info, I have small bitch hands but i can stretch like a no one else. (Anybody know about when Jackson will have their 8 ready to go?)
     
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    Carvin.com : DC800 EIGHT STRING EXTENDED SCALE GUITAR

    Save up and get this. Everybody that's played mine looks at me and says " wow, I'm surprised how easy this guitar is to play, it's effortless." That statement has come from beginners all the way up to advanced guitarists with music degrees and custom jazz 7 string hollow bodies. The Carvin DC800 is awesome. If you get a solid color with simple woods you'll probably pay right around 1,000 to 1,100. I'd save up the extra 200 to 300 and get a guitar you'll want to keep and play for a life time.
     
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    The Carvin is a guitar that you'll want to keep a life-time.

    The Schecters and LTDs are cheap throw-aways that you will probably sell a year (or less or more) from now.

    The Ibanez's are the favorite pick of alot of the players on here - but if you get like the RGA8, you'd have to swap out the pups in it. If you get the RG2228, you probably aren't going to be able to afford it. (In my personal opinion, the RG2228 is way overpriced for what it really is. It has a great sound and scale, but I think Ibanez could justify the price with a few more features and more finish options.) Besides neither one is really worth buying right now at this moment because Ibanez has a ton of new stuff incoming and tons of new ideas for the future that they keep putting out.

    I wish that PRS made 7's and 8's available on the production line. (Private stock is so ridiculously expensive.)

    Strictly 7 makes some very good guitars, but they aren't everyone's cup o' tea. I've heard good and bad, but judging from what I've seen, I'll stick with the "good" because Strictly 7 really makes some awesome instruments.

    Agiles are a good option if you are super tight on money. They offer alot of options, but the company is rather "hit or miss" (I'm sure others on here will attest to it). One thing, I've noticed that's funny is that everyone is now selling their Agiles to fund a Carvin guitar. (That must tell you alot).

    I believe Carvin is the best option out of all of them because you get the guitar made just the way you want it and the price is pretty fair. Alot of options too. Carvin has always made quality instruments (RGA8 above had a VERY nice Carvin DC800 made recently), and like I said, you'll probably want to keep it for a life-time. (But Carvins are NOT for the poor and impecunious.)
     
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    Well put!



    You can tell by my screen name that I like Ibanez and my RGA8 was a nice ax for a starter 8. I guess it depends on how serious you are about playing. If its a hobby, buy an RGA8 or a low end Schecter, if you are serious save up and buy a Carvin.
     
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    I'm very serious about playing but I wish Carvin would have pictures of some different options other than black and quilted red. I have My eye on one of the Schecter C-8 blackjack atx's ...I dont want to buy a thousand dollar guitar without hearing or seeing or ultimately playing it.:scratch:
     
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    Google DC800 guitar and you'll see a bunch of different finishes and options. And remember, unless you do an option 50 you'll be able to return it if you don't like it, so there isn't much downside there. Same rule applies to Agiles.
     
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    My big thing about ibanez is that a lot of their guitars LOOK like cheap starter guitars with the dot inlays and that wacky headstock and 80's logo. There are some that i like but they're all the neck through versions like the art/lespauls. Sorry if I stepped on anybodys toes.
     
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    ^^^ Some folks got sound clips and videos of the new DC800s. Just search around here in the "Extended Range" section.

    I'm surprised at how good the Carvin pickups in the DC800 are. When I had my first Carvin, I swapped out the pickups (passives) for Dimarzios (I think it was a Tone Zone and a Air Norton? Or maybe a PAF Classic?). Anyway....back on topic....these Carvin stock active pickups have great articulation and sound considering that they are Carvin's first attempt at creating their own signature active pickups. (Beats the EMG's that come in the Ibanez RG2228 - however, they don't have as much raw, focused power and output as the SD Blackouts that come in a Schecter Blackjack C-8).

    I'm more of a fan of passives, but that is just because I'm a BIG Dimarzio fan and I grew up playing with an X2N (which according to stats still remains as the hottest, highest-output pickup on the market, even though it is passive.) Some BareKnuckle pickups are definitely giving Dimarzio a run for their money. I think it would be pretty experimental/inventive for someone to slap an 8-string BK set into a Carvin DC800 and see how it sounds.

    It's all up to you man. Whether you like Carvin or not, or haven't even heard of them, they are currently offering the best deal and the best bang-for-the-buck. CUSTOM SHOP, HELLO?!?!

    But I'm sure that there will be something better from another company down the road in a few months because the manufacturers have to keep the competition tight int he market. So we'll see...
     
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    Thanks bro!

    Here's the run down:





    Ash Body
    1pc Maple Neck
    Ebony Fret-board
    Figured Claro Walnut Top
    Matching Head Stock
    Black Hardware
    Stainless Steel Frets



    Carvin DC800 Neck Dimensions:

    Radius = 20"
    Neck Width at Nut = 2.15"
    Neck Width at 24th fret = 3.03"
    Thickness at 1st fret = .79"
    Thickness at 12th fret = .88"



    Ibanez RG2228 Neck Dimensions:

    Radius = 16.929"
    Neck Width at Nut = 2.135"
    Neck Width at 24th fret = 3.07"
    Thickness at 1st fret = .787"
    Thickness at 12th fret = .846"

    The Carvin neck is a little wider and a little flatter. I LOVE the neck on the Carvin but to be fair I must admit I've never played an RG2228.
     
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    Then you don't want a Schecter.

    I disagree. LTD's are incredibly nice guitars if you pick the right model. If you buy the cheapest model, you probably won't be happy with it, but that goes for every brand.
     
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    oh, by the way; my Carvin was 1,300 and some change all said and done.
     
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    I seem to remember buying my RG2228 for only about $1200, but that was 4 years ago. If you can find it at that price I'd say it's worth it.
     
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    What kind of strings do you use because I use DR but they don't make an 8 set. I really want something i can dig into without my pick slipping every where.
     
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    They put Elixir 10-46 58 68 on the guitar. I think they feel great for F# standard. If you drop E I'd go with a 72. What you'll have to do is buy a six or seven set and add the single strings you need to finish the set
     
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    One last question...what are your pod farm settings, that tone you have on your demo is absolutely amazing
     
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    If I didn't have a few guitars that I'm gonna buy lined up, I would get the Carvin DC800 too!
     

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