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Best 8 String Electric Guitars in 2022

Here you'll find the best 8 string electric guitars.

We've found exactly 40 guitars like this in production this year. You can see them all by clicking on 'Load More' at the end of this list. You can use our filters to the left to see only the exact types of guitar you want. You can also click on "Compare" to get a deep spec comparison between two guitars of your choice. This list is updated daily automatically as we add new guitars to our database. We'll show you first the best ones according to our automated scoring system, which takes into account dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money and more.

1. Music Man Majesty 8

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Music Man Majesty 8
Playability 78
Sound 77
Build quality 89
Value for money 66
Overall Score 81
  • From Music Man's 2021 John Petrucci series
  • John Petrucci Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 8 strings
  • 27" to 25.5"'' scale
  • 17" Fretboard Radius
  • Basswood Wings, Mahogany through neck body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: DiMarzio Dreamcatcher (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio Rainmaker (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Music Man Custom piezo hardtail bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • John Petrucci Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schaller M6-IND locking (Chrome) tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Music Man Majesty 8
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Coil Split, Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

2. Ibanez RG5328 Prestige

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Ibanez RG5328 Prestige
Playability 78
Sound 80
Build quality 84
Value for money 76
Overall Score 81
  • From Ibanez's 2019 RG series
  • Made in Japan
  • 8 strings
  • 27"'' scale
  • 17" Fretboard Radius
  • Ash body
  • Maple/Wenge neck
  • Bound Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: DiMarzio Fusion Edge 8 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio Fusion Edge 8 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Gibraltar Standard II-8 bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Wizard-8 Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Gotoh MG-T locking machine heads tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Ibanez RG5328 Prestige
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

3. Schecter C-8 Multiscale SLS Elite Evil Twin

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Schecter C-8 Multiscale SLS Elite Evil Twin
Playability 82
Sound 78
Build quality 79
Value for money 75
Overall Score 80
  • From Schecter's 2022 SLS Elite series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 8 strings
  • 27" to 25.5"'' scale
  • 20" Fretboard Radius
  • Swamp Ash body
  • Maple/Walnut/Padauk Multi-ply w/ Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico (Humbucker/Active)
  • Hipshot Hardtail (.125) w/ String Thru Body bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Ultra Thin C Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schecter Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter C-8 Multiscale SLS Elite Evil Twin
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

4. ESP LTD JR-608

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ESP LTD JR-608
Playability 82
Sound 80
Build quality 77
Value for money 70
Overall Score 80
  • From ESP LTD's 2020 Signature series
  • Javier Reyes Signature
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 8 strings
  • 27"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Quilted Maple top
  • Swamp Ash body
  • 5Pc Walnut/Maple/Padauk neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Javier Reyes Open Core Humbucker (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Javier Reyes Open Core Humbucker (Humbucker/Active)
  • Hipshot w/ String Thru bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • LTD Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP LTD JR-608
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

5. ESP Stef B-8

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ESP Stef B-8
Playability 82
Sound 78
Build quality 79
Value for money 65
Overall Score 80
  • From ESP's 2008 Signature series
  • Stephen Carpenter Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 8 strings
  • 27"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence SRC Signature (Humbucker/Active)
  • Middle pickup: Fishman Fluence SRC Signature (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: (/)
  • Hipshot Fixed bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners
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ESP Stef B-8
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

6. ESP E-II HRF NT-8 Baritone

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ESP E-II HRF NT-8 Baritone
Playability 82
Sound 76
Build quality 80
Value for money 69
Overall Score 79
  • From ESP E-II's 2014 HRF series
  • Made in Japan
  • 8 strings
  • 27"'' scale
  • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81-8H (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 85-8H (Humbucker/Active)
  • Hipshot w/ String Thru bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP E-II HRF NT-8 Baritone
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

7. Solar A1.8AAN

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Solar A1.8AAN
Playability 77
Sound 81
Build quality 75
Value for money 73
Overall Score 78
  • From Solar's 2022 Type A series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 8 strings
  • 27"'' scale
  • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker/Active)
  • Evertune F-Type bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Solar C Shape Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Solar 18:1 Locking Type tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Solar A1.8AAN
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

8. Dean Exile Select 8 Multiscale Kahler

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Dean Exile Select 8 Multiscale Kahler
Playability 77
Sound 83
Build quality 73
Value for money 68
Overall Score 78
  • From Dean's 2021 Select series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 8 strings
  • 27" to 25.5"'' scale
  • 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Burled Maple top
  • Alder body
  • 3 Piece Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Sentient (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Nazgul (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Kahler Multiscale Trem bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Slim D Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Grover 18:1 tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Dean Exile Select 8 Multiscale Kahler
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

9. Ibanez M8M

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Ibanez M8M
Playability 82
Sound 78
Build quality 75
Value for money 63
Overall Score 78
  • From Ibanez's 2020 M8M series
  • Marten Hagstrom Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 8 strings
  • 29.4"'' scale
  • 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder wing body
  • Maple/Jatoba neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Lundgren Model M8 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • FX Edge III-8 bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • M8M Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Hipshot machine heads tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Ibanez M8M
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar

10. Dean ML Select 8 Multiscale Kahler

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Dean ML Select 8 Multiscale Kahler
Playability 77
Sound 83
Build quality 73
Value for money 68
Overall Score 78
  • From Dean's 2021 Select series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 8 strings
  • 27" to 25.5"'' scale
  • 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Burled Maple top
  • Eastern Mahogany body
  • 3 Piece Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Sentient (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Nazgul (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Kahler Multiscale Trem bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Slim D Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Grover 18:1 tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Dean ML Select 8 Multiscale Kahler
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock