Suggestions for an 8 string

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  1. Tyler_Ru

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    Hey guys!
    I had a project truck I am no longer able to finish, it was my grandpa's who passed away awhile ago. It's a red pickup, so I figured with the money I get plus some of my own I would get a new 8 string. Preferably something with a red top just for the centimental value. I was looking at halo customs, keisel, or strandbergs original 8. Any suggestions are welcome. I appreciate the help.
    Oh, my setup is an Fractal AX8 into a Friedman ASC12.
     
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    no halos. stay away, they make garbage. same for legator. Strandbergs are meh for the money imo.
    kiesel are fine as long as you keep the specs pretty simple.
    The new ruby red LTD SC608 or a schecter would prob work for you too unless you're dying for a kiesel/strandberg.

    Are we talking painted red, or sparkly red or more like maple dyed red?
     
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    Any red really. I just want to make it something special. I appreciate the input. I really didn't know how some of these brands were being that I have only played owned a few low end 8 strings
     
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    Agile 828.
    Still the best 8 string (or any guitar really) I’ve tried for the price.
     
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    Played a natural finished Banshee elite 8. Absolutely killer guitar. It played itself I was just a conduit for tone. However as with any mass produced guitar they all play different.

    Other good options are Used RG2228 but doesn't come in red unless you refinish.

    Strandberg Boden Original in Red is a great choice too.
     
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    What is your price range? Kiesel fluctuates on price depending on options but strandberg 8 price range can get you... actually scratch that, I'm hardly seeing any red 8 string beyond the ones listed beyond a ESP LTD Stephen Carpenter model.

    I see lots of good black guitars you could refinish and still pay less than a strandberg.
     
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    I'd go with the Schecter, Cat Eye Pearl is pretty close to red, I have and elite 8 it's slick, and if it's not red enough for you, you can get a hellraiser with or without floyd rose.
     
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    I think this is a great idea.
    The RG2228s are workhorse 8s; kind of like a workhorse truck.
    Project truck = project guitar.
    And at the end, you have something personal that you can be proud of.

    If you have the time, I'd definitely go with something like this.
     
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    I like this, nice idea project truck/guitar.

    You can find an RG2228 in any condition really and take it to a good paint shop, or heck even a good luthier in your area and they might be able to strip it and put a top on it, dye it red.
     
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    the jackson b8's look very nice. i used to own a rg2228 in white with a maple board, those are definitely also recommended.
    Otherwise just wait for the petrucci 8 string :D

    sry those not red! didnt read
     
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    I'm doing this right now with a multiscale ibanez rgms7, it's been tons of fun so far replacing the parts with high end stuff getting the pickups rewound, right now I've sanded it down and I'm repainting it a metallic red sparkle homage to my favourite music man JPX cardinal red sparkle edition.

    It's great for experience, you get to do things you might not normally do and is lots of fun, its be sure to make a lasting memory which I believe is what your after.

    Wait... is that a thing?
     
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    fortunately yes :) i'm curious about what the scale length will be, 25.5 would work for me since i'd put a high a string but i think 26.5 is probably gonna be JP's choice

    here some links, search the AMA for Mr. Balls confirmation

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/5aql15/ama_hi_im_brian_ball_president_of_ernie_ball/
    https://metalwani.com/2017/08/john-...ng-guitars-into-next-dream-theater-album.html
    http://forums.ernieball.com/ernie-ball-music-man-guitars/61624-jp-8-strings-development.html
     
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    Not yet. JP said he has to get comfortable with 8 strings before he OKs having an 8 string sig. It'll probably be a while.
     
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    Ended up with the Boden Original 8 in red. Will post when it comes!
     
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    I was expecting a JR8 before a JP8 to be honest. Seems weird for an artist to put out a model he'll never really use just because his fans are asking him to.

    JR on the other hand I can see actually using an 8 string so that would make sense to me.
     
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    Definitely wanting to hear all about this!
     

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