New to 8 strings, advice please?

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  1. SickTreeHugger

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    Hey guys :agreed:

    I'm new to the forums and I was looking to see if anyone could give me some advice as to the 8 string that I should buy. First off, I'm pretty sure I'll be buying an Agile from Rondo's Music. Now here is what I think I am looking for: a longer scale (28.625), neck-thru, neck and bridge pickups (preferably EMGs), a fixed bridge, and an ebony or rosewood fretboard.

    Ok. Now that all seems fine to me, but I am definately a noobie when it comes to this. So I came to the forums in hopes that you more experienced players could guide me in my search for the perfect 8 string for me.

    Now here is my first question: how are the 8 string EMGs? I hear that it is usually just preference but give me your opinion. I'm looking for something with a full and deep tone, but not something that sounds like I'm playing a bass guitar under water. Another question I have concerning pickups is if the Cepheus pickups that are available in some models are any good. Does anyone have experience with them that could share some info on how they sound? And lastly, if neither of these pickups sound decent to you, please just tell me your favorite and a little information on how they sound.

    Now my second question deals more with Agile itself. On Rondo Music, there are two guitars that are ALMOST what I'm looking for. First, the Intrepid Pro 828 has everything, but it only has only one pickup and a maple fretboard. Second, the Interceptor Pro 828 has a trem. Now these things aren't exactly deal breakers, but if I'm going to spend my money I would like to get the right one. So my question is, if I were to order a custom Agile, say, an Interceptor with a fixed bridge, or an Intrepid with a second pickup installed, how would I go about getting the thing ordered and does anybody know what kind of price range I would be looking at?

    Thank you very much for any help, and I'm sorry if I sound like I don't know what I'm talking about, chances are I don't, but thank you. :hbang:
     
  2. teqnick

    teqnick The only person that liked the new Faceless album

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    First of all welcome!

    In regards to your first question, the EMG808's i find to be far too muddy for any serious low F usage. You can spend hours messing with EQ's and what not to get what you want out of them, but then again, tone is also subjective. Tosin was able to get that AAL tone out of 808's mind you. I personally find that for what i'm trying to do, they just don't have what it takes in the clarity department. I haven't personally played an agile with cepheus pickups, but they're supposedly modeled on the Lundgren M8, and don't sound too bad. The good thing about the Cepheus pickups is that you'll be able to easily go with the aftermarket choices(bareknuckle , lundgren).

    You'll find that BKP's are quite the hot commodity around here and that in terms of 8 string guitars, the painkiller and coldsweat have been the most favorable options.

    Right now through the 30th, Agile custom orders are being taken. You can get exactly what you desire. You'd be putting half down on a deposit for a guitar that would be completed and out to you by the end of this year. You'd be looking at close to $800 in total, minus any other pickup work you'd want to have done in the long run.

    If you don't get on board in time for that, the Kahler trems on the Interceptor 828's do have a locking feature!
     
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    You can get by on the 808's. I have them in my Schecter C-8 but they are very sterile sounding. I've also noticed a sort of boom or volume boost when you play the F# They can give you a really high gain tone but i think that if you're looking for a full and deep tone i would not go for the EMG's. I am actually going to replace them with BKP's or Lundgrens sometime.

    People around here say that you can get by on the cepheus. You won't get and automatically want to replace it. Though i think at sometime you would. They are modelled on the Lundgren's as said above and that can't be all bad :D In fact some people say they are pleasantly surprised by the p'ups. I am ordering some Bare Knuckles this week after hearing all the compliments they've gotten and listening to clips and video's etc. The painkiller is supposed to give you a really good djenty tone but it sort of specialises in that so versatility is out the window (or so i've heard). The coldsweats would probably be a good choice. You can email the guy (Tim i think) and he will point you in the right direction as to which ones he thinks will suit. The Lundgrens have a really high output, so they might suffer the same fate as the EMG's but i have no personal experience so I don't know.

    Other options to consider in the same price range are; Schecter Damien Elite 8 and the Ibby RGA8. I think the schecter is better but that's only me, however for value for money, i would go with the Agile :)
     
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    If you do end up going with the Agile, give it a really good inspection when it arrives. Pay especially close attention to the frets, making sure they are all fitted properly.
     
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