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
- 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.