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Ibanez RGIF8 Iron Label Fanned-Fret Electric Guitar, 8-String

This cutting-edge fanned-fret 8-string guitar offers a comfortable playing experience due to its tension-optimizing trapezoidal 27.2"/25.5" scale fret pattern. (1) Read 1 review for this product | Rate and review this product
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Ibanez RGIF8 Iron Label Black Satin
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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
Ash body Strong, snappy responsive tone
5-piece maple/bubinga neck Smooth feel; increased midrange bite
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel
Fanned frets Enhanced tonality and string tension; ergonomic

Ibanez RGIF8 Iron Label Fanned-Fret

As the legion of converts to the "made-for-metal" Iron Label series continues to grow, Ibanez continues to work at providing new instruments for those guitarists who choose to take the road less traveled. In keeping with this objective, Ibanez has, once again, broken new ground with the introduction of the RGIF8--the first ever production fanned-fret 8-string electric.

While the trapezoidal 27.2"/25.5" scale, fanned-fret pattern of the RGIF8 may initially seem strange or intimidating to the novice, initiates quickly take to how this design optimizes individual string tension to create a more "open" or "alive" tone that not only expands harmonic complexity, but also offers a more comfortable playing experience.

The RGIF8 features an Ash body finished in a transparent stain that allows the natural markings of the wood's grain to emerge, creating a dark, dramatic effect. Matched with a Nitro Wizard 5-piece Maple/Bubinga neck, these diverse woods work together to create a brighter tone that brings both clarity and definition to even the deepest notes of the lower spectrum.

Working from the philosophy that playing comfort translates into speed, the RGIF8 features a spacious bound Rosewood fretboard that both enhances playing agility and optimizes articulation. Designed for both stability and sustain, the innovative Ibanez Mono-Rail bridge minimizes "cross-talk" between strings and facilitates flawless intonation. Highly responsive EMG 909X active pickups offer a beefed-up low-end and a super-tight overall distortion sound that's both articulate and responsive.

Simply put: the RGIF8 represents the obvious, ultimate choice for guitarists ready to plumb new depths in metal and beyond.

Features:

- Ash body
- 5 piece maple/ bubinga neck
- Bound Rosewood fretboard
- EMG 909X (H) pickups
- Fanned frets

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Ibanez products.
- Body: Ash
- Neck: Nitro Wizard 7 5pc Maple/ Bubinga neck
- Fretboard: Bound Rosewood
- Frets: Jumbo, fanned-frets
- Bridge: Mono-Rail bridge
- Neck Pickup: EMG 909X (H)
- Bridge Pickup: EMG 909X (H)
- Scale: 27.2" scale on 8th string/ 25.5" scale on 1st string
- Hardware: Cosmo Black
- Factory Tuning:1D#, 2A#, 3F#, 4C#, 5G#, 6D#, 7A#, 8F
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 13 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 17 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): RGIF8BKS
Ibanez Non-New Product Warranty Information Ibanez Electric Guitars and Basses have a 1-year warranty on NEW instruments only for the ORIGINAL purchaser with a Sales Receipt. All used products are not under warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-669-8262
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Good guitar-but not the best"
Sound: The overall sound is..not great. It's definitely not bad but you probably won't achieve what you'd expect with this guitar tonally. It's slightly muddy, oddly unresponsive to palm muting, the lows emit more of a hum than the clear attack you're most likely going for. To be as plain as possible it's less Meshuggah and more $80 squire bass. The positives are that the pickups are very well balanced across all strings. No one note will ever dominate the sound which with extended range guitars is very important. The cleans you get out of this guitar are fairly nice in a way, but honestly if you're thinking of buying this guitar that's personably not what you're worried about. Feature: The multi scale aspect of this guitar is obviously a major aspect of what makes this guitar good from a sound and playability standpoint. It's the answer to a persistent problem extended range players have always had giving you the right balance of string tension and appropriate tone that comes with that. The weathered black finish on the ash body/headstock gives this guitar a great look. This thing seriously turns heads especially with the fanned frets and the black chrome hardware. Everything is solid and of high quality as you'd expect. The tuners feel really nice but honestly at this price point I'd really have been more happy with locking tuners. Ease of Use: This guitar seems intimidating, and if you only ever picked it up and played it for few minutes you probably wouldn't hold it in very high regard but honestly, anybody could come to love this after a minor adjustment period. Quality: What this guitar lacks tonally it really does make up for in build and component quality. Aside from wear and tear components (strings, frets, etc) I could see this guitar lasting a lifetime. The only thing that concerned me is that at first the stereo input jack is really really tight. It's worn in a little bit but having to put that much effort into pulling my cable out makes me feel like eventually it's not going to stand up to the abuse for as long as everything else. Value: Is it worth it? Mostly. I feel like there are a couple issues Ibanez could address to really make this price point feel like it makes sense or they could change nothing and lower the price $200-300 dollars and it would be better either way. If you expect it to be the best thing you've ever played or feel like they've outdone themselves and given you something super special, it probably won't happen. Manufacturer Support: I haven't had to contact them for anything, however I will say that they include and instruction manual that covers pretty much everything you could ever need to do to your guitar and in good detail. From changing the strings to intonation and using the truss rod to adjust your neck, it's all there and then some. If you've been playing and dealing with your own issues for years it won't be terribly useful but I'm sure a lot of people could still benefit from the info. The Wow Factor: I've touched on it a couple times but I'll say it again. This guitar looks amazing. It has an aura of badassness to it that's hard to deny. The first time I picked it up at that music store and had to leave it I felt like Golem watching the ring slip from his grasp. But now that I have it, I'd liken it to getting with the hottest girl in school only to find out she casually craps her pants every now and then. Overall: This is the first guitar I've ever bought in this price range and I've got to say I honestly expected more. Firstly this guitar does have a killer aesthetic. I first saw the seven string version in a local music shop and I knew I had to have it. The setup was good and very playable out of the box. The only thing I had to do was raise the action by maybe two thousandths on the low string to completely cut the very slight fret buzz it did have. The biggest let down of this guitar is the tone. I've always owned guitars with passive pickups and based on what just about every metal player on Earth would say, you'd expect the active EMG 808X pickups this guitar to comes with to slay. But that's not the case at all. They're low output, they're bland, and they just leave you wanting something more. They're not totally unsalvageable, but honestly when I committed to buying a $1,200 guitar I didn't also think I'd spend all my time wondering what combination of things I can do to get a really good tone out of it. If you're wondering about the fanned frets and how they're going to effect your playing, well...just don't. Within 2-3 hours of playing it totally ceases to be an issue in your playing or in your mind. It really doesn't feel different except for the first fret since the nut is diagonal, but I assure you, if anything bothers you about this instrument, that won't be it.
Style of Music: Slam, death metal, progressive, THALL, brown notes
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