Ibanez Introduce 8-String RG8L Left Handed Guitar

Neal Beedie January 22, 2013 9

Ibanez have long been calling themselves the first name in seven, and the leader in eight string guitars – despite having nothing but a couple of discontinued, incredibly hard to find models for us southpaws. But it looks like they’ll soon be making a little effort to correct this…

The RG8L is a new 27″ scale length 8-string due for release in 2013.  As is customary with left handed offerings from Ibanez, this new guitar is on the more affordable end of the spectrum and only comes in black – but hey, it looks great!  So far only the European catalogue has appeared on the internet, so this could very well be a Euro exclusive – expect more details as NAMM opens this week.

Ibanez RG8L Left Handed 8-String Guitar

Ibanez RG8L Left Handed 8-String Guitar Lefty

  • Wizard II-8 5pc Maple/Walnut neck w/KTS™ TITANIUM rods
  • 685.8mm/27” scale
  • Basswood body
  • Jumbo frets
  • Rosewood fretboard w/White dot inlay
  • Fixed bridge
  • Black hardware
  • IBZ-8 pups
  • Factory Tuning: 1D#, 2A#, 3F#, 4C#, 5G#, 6D#, 7A#, 8F
  • String Gauge: .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042/.054/.065

The left handed version hasn’t appeared on the Ibanez website yet, but you can check out the right handed model here.

9 Comments »

  1. Scott January 24, 2013 at 9:08 am - Reply

    ABOUT TIME!!!

  2. Victor January 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Seen it on the Thomann website (which basically means its available in most of Europe) and was pleasantly surprised with the price (around 400 bucks). Wouldn’t buy it before trying it though.

  3. Jon February 1, 2013 at 4:12 am - Reply

    Finally

  4. Dr.Ankur February 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    400 bucks…will it be worthwhile? I feel they may have used cheap basswood and stuff to make this guitar so affordable. Maybe its the lack of the floating bridge that makes it affordable..dunno.
    It’ll probably be on par (as regards quality) with an RG 370, with two extra strings instead of the floating bridge.

  5. Jon February 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    I can’t find a single dealer selling it within the US and it’s kind of depressing

    • Neal February 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Most likely because it hasn’t been released yet ;) Here’s a dealer that will let you pre-order, expected arrival in just over a week. http://www.americanmusical.com/Item–i-IBA-RG8L-LIST?SRC=D0407FG0HAMS0000&utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=feed&

  6. Javier April 19, 2013 at 4:59 am - Reply

    que precio tiene esta guitarra Ibanez RG8L para zurdo ???.. me pueden confirmar plz.

  7. Reen April 23, 2013 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    just got one! its an awesome guitar nice feeling! just the pu’s are a bit bad… get some white dimarzios and you will get good style+sound and you just have an awesome guitar for a low price!

    • Neal April 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      I like your thinking ;)

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