Subzero Gen­er­a­tion 8

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Total Guitar - - THE TG TEST -

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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