Fi­nal ver­dict

Which travel elec­tro-acous­tic is the right one for you?

Total Guitar - - THE STATION GAS -

It’s a sign of the times that these ex­tended-range gui­tars are af­ford­able enough for be­gin­ners. If they strug­gled with the sort of über-gain metal tones that in­spired the eight-string’s pop­u­lar­ity in the first place, cer­tainly while play­ing chords (a 12" speaker in your prac­tice amp is a must), we were en­cour­aged by the sonic po­ten­tial. Play­ing sin­gle-note rhythms, try­ing new tech­niques and slap­ping the eighth string a la Les Clay­pool all sounded cool.

There’s not a lot of dif­fer­ence be­tween them. If the Subzero and Jack­son sounded a lit­tle more solid in the low-end, the Schecter and LTD were still res­o­nant, playable and fun. If you in­tended on gig­ging these, then per­haps you’d still be look­ing to spend around £700 or there­abouts on a Jack­son Pro Series or an Ibanez Iron La­bel multi-scale; or you would def­i­nitely con­sider up­grad­ing your hum­buck­ers to a set of ac­tive pick­ups at least. With an on­board preamp, that sim­ple mod would ren­der those low fre­quen­cies with more con­vic­tion. But to learn on and prac­tise your eight-string chops, these are largely fuss-free and in­spir­ing.

Whether it’s the Schecter’s tidy fin­ish and typ­i­cally solid con­struc­tion, or the Stephen Car­pen­ter vibe of the LTD, there’s no lack of am­bi­tion here. The fin­ish and shred­abil­ity of the Jack­son makes a case for it as the all-star pick, but then, if it’s af­ford­able you’re look­ing for, then the Subzero is hard to ar­gue with.

Subzero Gen­er­a­tion 8 Best value

LTD H-208 Best for nu-metal

Jack­son Dinky JS32-8Q DKA HT Best forshred

Schecter C-8 DeluxeBest all-rounder

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