I've been thinking of getting an 8 string for a few months now, but being back in school I did not have the budget to simply jump in. I may be able to get one now, but my budget is still low. It's just that I don't really want to wait another year. Right now I play with a Jackson JS22-7 and I really like how it feels, considered I tried Schecter 7 and 8 strings and I just hated it. the JS22-7 may be too cheap though, the nut and tuners are horrible. So since I like Jackson, the JS32-8 could be an option (520 cad + taxes, so that's about 600). But I am afraid of it being as cheap as my other one. It's basically the same guitar, with an extra string I think. I can't find many demos of it. The Ibanez RG8 is also a model that comes up often. it's about 679 cad + taxes, so about 780 which is starting to get pretty high for me. I hear it's good, with a few mixed feelings about the pickups. Still, I find youtube videos where it sounds pretty good. What I dislike the most is that I only see the white model available. *(woah, after writing this I was able to find a black one brand new for less than 600, no idea why the price varies so much in my area)* The Agile Septor 827 is another guitar that really interests me. Actually, the first time I listened to 8 string stuff and really liked it, it was tracks recorded with an Agile guitar. They look great and from pretty much all the demos/tracks I heard they sound awesome. For cheap pickups, I am impressed. But I did hear that they can have quality issues. The main issue is simply that even if they are quite cheap, with the exchange rate and incredibly high shipping, that 370 usd goes up to 750 cad. So yeah, I am wondering what to get. Local stores don't carry any of them, so I can't test any. I am open to other suggestions too! TLDR : Jackson J32-8, Ibanez RG8, Agile Septor 827 which gets expensive with shipping or something else? And why? Thanks!