As a long time seven string player, I just had to get myself one of these RG2228s to see what all the fuss was about. There are actually two versions of these. Sometime around 2008 or so, they decided to upgrade them with titanium rods in the neck to help improve overall stability, and I think the headstock might be slightly different, but they're fairly similar. The guitar features a basswood body, a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, 24 extra jumbo frets, dot inlays, a special locking hard tail bridge, two humbuckers, one volume, one tone and a three way switch.
First thing I should mention is that the neck on this is pretty damn huge. If you have small hands, you'll probably hate this. Hell, I have big hands, and it took me awhile to get used to it. I had some issues with hand cramps at first, so I had to adjust my technique when playing this. The guitar itself is put together nicely, and the fretwork is solid. It's a good bit heavier than a normal RG, so keep that in mind as well. The bridge on this is actually a hard tail bridge, despite it looking like a floyd. I kinda wish it was a real floyd, but that's because I'm a bit of a tremolo whore. The neck on this is a 27'' scale neck, and while it's noticeable, it's not a huge adjustment in playing when compared to other neck scales. I can go from 24.75'' to 27'' without much of an issue.
The guitar comes equipped with EMG 808s stock. These are the industry standard 8 string pickups, and they do a pretty good job. I prefer them to the Blackout 8s which tend to be a bit too bass heavy. The cleans on these are somewhat sterile sounding, but that's to be expected of most active pickups. The mid gain tones are decent, but they really excel in the high gain department. The pickups can get a bit muddy with the low F# (or whatever you happen to tune it to), but it's not too bad. If you need more clarity, try swapping in some EMG 808X pickups. They help cut down on the mud and give it some more dynamics than the standard EMG 808s.
Before Carvin came out with their 8 string model, this was about the best 8 string you could get for the money. I greatly preferred them over the Agiles with their crappy fretwork and QC issues. However, now that Carvin has released their models, it's kinda hard to recommend these. One thing that might help those that play more conventional guitars: try tuning the F# down to E. To me, that made much more sense than keeping the F# as I was able to move around the entire fretboard in a more natural manner. Trying to relate F# and E was a pain for me.
Made in Japan.
Neck Material: 5pc Maple/ Wenge
Neck Type: Wizard-8 Prestige (27")
Body: Basswood body
Frets: Jumbo frets
Inlay: Pearl dot inlay
Bridge: Fixed Edge III-8 bridge
NeckPU: EMG® 808
BridgePU: EMG® 808
HW Color: BK
a: Width at Nut 54mm
b: Width Last Fret 78mm
c: Thickness 1st Fret 20mm
d: Thickness 12th Fret 21.5mm
Name: EMG® 808
Model No: EMG 808
Description: 8-string. Beefy low end and fatter high end.
Name: EMG® 808
Model No: EMG 808
Description: 8-string. Beefy low end and fatter high end.
This is the easiest-to-play 8 string I've ever used. And best sounding. As an 8 string, one would think the neck is ridiculously big, and hard to get around on. Not the case at all - this guitar plays like a dream. The 27 inch scale gives the strings tightness, but isn't so long it feels like a bass. The thin neck profile and flat radius make all strings and frets within easy reach. That Edge iii fixed bridge with the locks really helps with the tuning stability. And, the axe balances well on the lap or standing up.
I said it was the best sounding 8-string I've played. I meant it - this thing smokes! The low B and F# strings are very tight, and growl and djent with the best of them. Wait, this is the best of them! The EMG pickups are very nice - I'm usually not a fan of actives, but these are nice. I've heard great things about the X series also, so I'll have to try them out at some point. However, these stock 808s give me just what I'm looking for in a pickup.
Perfect 10s on an 8 string beastly guitar. I'm not a fan of black instruments usually, as I wear a lot of black clothing and I don't want the guitar to look lost up on stage. Also, I don't want to have everyone think that I'm the scary "all-black" guy. But this black is very nice - Ibanez calls it "Galaxy Grey", but don't fool yourself - it's black. A glossy, metallic black, but a nice black.
The neck, bridge, and pickups on this thing are perfect, and so I give this all 10s. Fantastic instrument.
(Originally written by belzeb/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Made in Japan. Superb finish (it's an Ibanez): lime tree body with a thin layer of varnish so the finish is very delicate (the guitar I tested at the store had already two scratches!!).
Tremolo: the same Ibanez tremolo as on all Prestige models. It's a good-quality tremolo but given that it's locked, it's not really a tremolo!!! It's an excellent idea because a tremolo system is more convenient for the string locks than a tune-o-matic bridge.
Controls: tone and volume controls and 3-way toggle switch.
Authentic Ibanez neck: flat, fast and wide. If you like Ibanez guitars, you'll like it.
I give it a 7 because of the delicate finish and the pseudo active pickups!
The neck is a typical Ibanez neck so it's flat, well-finished, wide and very comfortable. But you'll need long hands because it's pretty big. Don't expect to play the upper frets for rhythm parts ... On the other hand it's not a problem for solos given the shape of the body (standard SG body)...
The playability is optimal for an 8-string guitar. Regarding 7-string guitars, I've been playing them for several years and the playability and comfort is not as different from a 6-string guitar... But with this 8-string model, you enter a new world... So don't buy it without testing it!
The sound is not surprising: it's extremely powerful... But if you want to get good sounds you have to own a good amp.
The clean sound has nothing special... I understand why Meshuggah uses many effects in clean mode (moreover, they don't play Ibanez instruments when recording). Don't use the 8th string in clean mode because it sounds like a bass guitar with ultra dull strings and a loud fret noise!
Regarding the strings, the string set provided with the guitar is much too light! You make bends unintentionally, even on the E and A strings. It's impossible to control it. So use a heavy string set and take the guitar to a professional so he can adjust it!
This guitar might be good for my kind of music (progressive death metal)... But I will buy an 8-string guitar when I have enough money!
I can't say anything about the best amp for this guitar because I tested it with a lousy Peavey amp...
The sound is rather fat (as expected), and don't forget the guitar has passive pickups.
Use this guitar with a fat distortion but not with a clean sound!!
I only tested it.
Pros: playability, weight (not too heavy), neck and distortion sound. Cons: clean sound and very wide neck.
It's the only 8-string guitar available almost anywhere so I can't compare it with other 8-string models... I would like to test the ESP model but I've never seen it in a shop!
The price is too high due to the fact that Ibanez is the only big manufacturer in the 8-string guitar market, but the quality doesn't justify the price. It's the price of originality. But if you want an F sharp you'd better buy a 7-string baritone guitar instead of this RG.
I wouldn't buy it... Save your money and get in contact with Meshugga's luthier. 8-string guitars are very special instruments and it seems they are not compatible with mass production. Perhaps Ibanez will improve this model in the coming years...
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metalwerk's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
- In which country she does doing? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France ...)
japan, made in Team J. Craft
book with a sumptuous box, a manual in French and a small tool kit, class
- How many frets, what kind of microphone and their configuration?
24 pitch long enough Fretes two humbucker spcial 8 strings, EMG Actfs "type 707" config.
standard volume knob, knob toalit enough ractif
- What type of bridge (Floyd, Wilkinson ...)?
Floyd fide top with cord lock the handle
the screw rgle the plate was hard, it took the rinsre and paste
this blocking style and tuning for me is not a good solution, some screws to have a truly rglage end with reduced stroke tuning is more stable than LTD SC607 for example, and whenever it is necessary to make a great rglage, it must dbloquer the strings, it is not practical
- What are the rglages (volume, Tone slecteur micro ...)?
Volume, Tone micro-inning two-pickup, standard
- What type of race?
late, very late, wide, very wide and very fast ... but available
the action is original too high, do not go down the hsiter floyd
my rating is sharing for the voltage system of ropes, I will put 6, but for the equipment ... so I put 9 8
just a note that Ibanez is totally fucks small defects of this guitar and lets grate only ca resellers
from same justqu 'prtendre the pulling of origin is used by the custom shop's frozen bone
- Is the handle enjoyable?
very oddly the handle is very pleasant (clean finish, slipped pleasant)
- The access to acute (desti- nations most recently freight) is it easy?
no problem, since it is a stratabound form
- Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)?
good ergonomics, except that the guitar falls a bit ct of the handle, a wider strap and straps correct what default
- Gets it easy to sound good ...?
like all those who are tested, we immediately tomb and irrmdiablement sound in love with this shovel, it is hot, fat, full, alive (according to the shooting using cords) on the other hand, it will take with a big sound change with new strings, for some reason I do not know the origins strings probes (also far too low), and much more serious-as ropes mdium standard (blue steel and D'Addario) that sound cooler, more aggressive
combinations possible with two microphones and tonality are very intressantes
having said that with these active pickups, even when the sound is less than the prcis 8 Hufschmidt, and we can adapt to its microphones, the shape is not the same
little tirade on the pull string that is too low, 0.09 - 0.65 it will replace the 0.10 - 0.70, 0.72 view
attention, it will break through the mechanics of my 8 string that accepts only the 0.65
- Appropriate your style of music?
totally addicted Mtal on the other hand for cleans, well it's an EMG what, ca not sound like a Benedetti
- With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play?
rivera Knuckelhead local and Marshall AVT 100 at home, no problem for either side, but I am looking for a new sound
cabinet mesa ca and I think it is a must
for effects, see my profile, but for now, I do not specially used with this guitar
- What kind of sound you get and with what rglages ("crystalline", "bold", ....)?
then a hot distos or aggressive choices, sometimes lacking some precision, a little too mushy, but be too san imprcis
for clean, look elsewhere
- What are you sonorits prfrez, you dtestez?
I prefer what is undoubtedly the top to me this instrument, new possibilities for games with a large manufacturing quality (although very simple) and its
- How long have you use it?
- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
the sounds it makes and the possibilities of games, it's magic
- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
I have 3 strings septa and I test the 8 strings Hufschmid
- How do you report qualitprix?
very decent because of the unique aspect of this 8 strings
- With the exprience, you do again this choice ...?
yes of course
its only default, (when small problems rgls) is an Ibanez (more brand oriented marketing that big business escendant violin) but it is no longer a secret