Subzero Generation 8
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I’ve never heard of Subzero before. What’s so special about this guitar then?
For an entry-level eight-string, you won’t find better value than this. Here, we’ve got a solid alder body – a fine choice of tonewood – with a svelte bolt-on maple neck that is both satin-smooth and super-playable, and we love the bevelling and contouring on the body shape. It’s a nice twist on the S-style double-cut.
Is that a rosewood fretboard?
No, but it looks it from a distance. Subzero use a thermally-treated maple laminate for the fingerboard. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it responds well and, crucially, is ethically sourced.
These pickups look active. Are they?
There’s no question that’s the look they are going for but, as with the LTD model (as with all of these models) active pickups are too pricey for a guitar retailing at this price. That said, we were very impressed by the output on these passive humbuckers. They sure do kill the hum well enough and those powerful ceramic magnets make for a hot pickup, providing some much-needed treble bite.
At a Glance
Keyfeatures: Alderbody,maple neck,24extra-jumbofrets,711mm (28") scale, thermally treated maple
laminatefretboard,2xsubzero passivehumbuckers,hardtailbridge Finish: High-gloss Jet Black
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