8 strings with a non-metal aesthetic

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  1. buck fever

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    Hey gang. I’m looking for an 8 string guitar that will mostly be used for jazz comping and lead, as well as some other stuff. I have an Ibanez FTM33, M80M and a Kiesel K8 prototype. The FTM is way too metal, and the other two only have bridge pickups.

    Does anyone have recommendations for 8 stringers that aren’t solely for metal? I know any guitar can be used for any purpose, but some of the ERGs really are best suited for heavy music. The Schecter Banshee Elite is looking interesting, although my only experience with them was a low end sparkly green A-7 from back in 2000, and it was mediocre to say the least.

    Hopefully this makes sense. Thanks for any feedback.
     
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    Perhaps a Jericho Fusion Walnut 8?
     
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    LTD JR608... I love mine :fever:
     
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    I was just looking at those. They look really nice!
     
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    ... and by "too metal" you mean the aesthetics or the sound?

    ... put some flatwound strings to start or swap the pickups for lower output ones?

    Personally, I like to kick the aesthetics buts and prejudice. Go play some jazz on the FTM, M80M or the Kiesel. Guitars are meant to be played and the bigger the range of your expression on them, the richer they become... you don't need another guitar, you need to play...

    ... but then, another guitar is always the answer...
     
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    I love this, and I agree with where you’re going here. Also, I think it was kind of a poorly phrased and impulsive post.

    To answer your question, I’m purely talking looks and feel. I’m moving a lot of my instruments and need to downsize, so there’s a couple of pieces I’d like to find and then go with a smaller stable :) For instance, a good example of what I’m looking for: my Eastman 7 string and Kiesel scb7. Both are pretty non-metal visually. But neither company makes those models in an 8.

    I’d be pretty happy if the FTM felt and sounded good, although I’ve found my other Lundgren pickups to be one-trick ponies and don’t sound great outside of high gain tones.

    Anyways I’m half asleep and rambling but I do really appreciate the sentiment and gives me some good food for thought to battle the GAS.
     
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    Obviously an acoustic guitar has a different feel and purpose, as does a full hollow body, but that ain't reason to stop one to play whatever genre in whatever guitar. It will enhance one's skill's to pull awkward expressions out of unsuspected guitars.
     
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    one of those charlie parker 8 strings prob
    also the early bc rich 8 strings
     
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    Came here to reccomend the Charlie Parker Conklin.
    Those BC Rich Conti 8 strings were super cool, but I have no idea how anyone would go about obtaining one.

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    Those BC Rich Contis are cool as can be.

    I'll second the Jericho and JR608 recommendations. For accessible they're about as non-metal as it comes.

    You may be able to find a used Kiesel Solo 8 or new order a Kiesel or Balaguer depending on your budget.
     
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    I’ll keep an eye out for a used JR-608! I’m suuuper curious about the Jericho - doesn’t seem like there’s much out there on the Fusion Walnut model but might be worth the plunge.
     
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    Either of those guitars are you cactus what I’m looking for! I’ll keep an eye out! Thanks for the recommendation!
     
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    Tosin's Ibanez sig is still one of the nicest eights imo.
     
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    I had a similar need about a year ago and decided I wanted to build my own, but part of that was wanting to play with scale length as well. So I built a 35" scale 8 string. As a single cut-away style it obviously draws comparisons to the Abasi models, but oh well. Worth noting that I absolutely hated the Fishmans and ditched them immediately. Doesn't REALLY answer your question, so apologies there, but sometimes what you want is not commercially available and you've gotta take matters into your own hands. Good luck!
     

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    ESP Carpenter (LTD if your budget is under $1.5k, ESP if your budget is double) or an Oni lol I know, don't tell me, it takes years to get one, but if you have a year to wait.
     
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    I have two of the sc-607b and the act-607b, and I think they play way above their price range. I can only imagine the 8 string is just as good! Great advice!
     
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    schecter banshee elite 8 is an awesome guitar , one of the best straight scale production 8s. the tosin ibanez models are also excellent choices. maybe the stephen carpenter 8 string tele could be be a contender as well. of the three i would choose the schecter tho
     
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    Holy smokes! What a beauty. Awesome work, my friend. I’m in total awe of this!

    DIY is right up my alley. I actually have a life goal to make an instrument someday. Very cool stuff you’ve done there.
     
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    Is there a S. Carpenter 8 string tele now?!
     
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    he might have confused it with the seven
     
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