The TG Test: af­ford­able eight-strings

Low-end plea­sure that’s pocket-pleas­ing too

Total Guitar - - RYAN ADAMS / COME PICK ME UP - Words Jonathan hors­ley

When it comes to get­ting to grips with an eight-string gui­tar, the big­gest dif­fi­culty has typ­i­cally been found far from the fret­board. How your fret­ting hand will fa­mil­iarise it­self with this ex­panded ter­ri­tory, or how your pick­ing hand will adapt, is sec­ondary to the busi­ness of af­ford­ing one. Built to fa­cil­i­tate the metal v2.0 player’s ex­cur­sions into the bassist’s reg­is­ters, these ex­tended-range in­stru­ments ar­rived out the box ex­ot­i­cally scented of the cus­tom shop, and with a price to match. This has changed, and for those who found the pro­duc­tion-line eight-strings in the £700 bracket too pricey, we have four en­trylevel mod­els that of­fer those with suf­fi­cient fron­tier spirit a cost-ef­fi­cient en­try into their world. The Jack­son Dinky JS32-8Q DKA HT, LTD H-208, and Schecter C-8 Deluxe are fa­mil­iar riffs on some of our favourite S-style su­per-electrics. With their built-formetal body shapes and sharp head­stocks, shred­ders love ’em. Then there’s the new­comer, the Subzero Gen­er­a­tion 8; built for and dis­trib­uted by on­line re­tail gi­ant Gear4­mu­sic, it takes the tem­plate fur­ther with a bolder dou­ble-cut, con­toured body and asym­met­ric six-and-two head­stock con­fig­u­ra­tion. It looks the part. They all do. The ques­tion is whether a con­vinc­ing low-end depth charge is achiev­able at this price.

/ Pho­tog­ra­phy adam gas son

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