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8 String Electric Guitars – Agile 8 String Guitar Review

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by Mac Laton on June 7, 2009

8 string electric guitars for when 6 or 7 strings are just not enough to express your undeniable musical awesomeness… :)  )  The review:

Yes, you will indeed cause neck size envy everywhere you take one of these beautiful musical weapons.
The additional strings allows you to unleash thunderous lows and soar to new highs.    Some of the best 8 string guitars are made by Agile guitars.

Disclosure: This is a professional review site that receives compensation from the companies whose products we review. Prices, descriptions, and availability are current on publication date. For current pricing, specs and availability visit RondoMusic.com
They are also some of the best priced of these specialty custom guitars.  Demand is pretty high for these and some of the more popular ones sell many units as pre orders before they are even made.  They also have an enthusiastic and growing following because of the combination of great price and great quality.
Here is a quick guide to several models and specs and price ranges of several Agile 8 string guitars that are available at Rondo Music Online.

Agile Intrepid 8 String Guitar Models:

Agile Intrepid 828 and Intrepid Dual 828

  • The only difference between the 828 and 828 dual is the pickup configuration.
  • 828 configuration:  Cepheus “Alpha” passive pickup with master volume. Cavity has been routed large enough to accommodate additional electronics
  • 828 Dual configuration:  Cepheus “Alpha” passive pickup in the bridge position and Cepheus “Beta” in the neck position with master volume and tone and 3 way switch. Cavity has been routed large enough to accommodate additional electronics
  • Ash Body
  • 3 piece maple bolt on neck with 15” radius. Width 2 ¼” at the nut
  • No inlays on the neck. Position markers on the side of the neck only
  • Scale Length: 28.625” 24 Jumbo Frets
  • Cepheus “Bridge 8″ Bridge
  • String through body
  • Die-cast Grover sealed tuners model GH305-18 with 18-1 ratio for fine tuning
  • Graphite Nut
  • Polyurethane Finish
  • Neck profile (thickness): 7/8″ at the nut and 15/16″ at the 12th fret
  • String gauges: .009, .012, .015, .022, .030, .040, .054, .071
  • Agile Intrepid Pro 8 and Intrepid Pro 8 Dual

    Features neck thru design and upgraded pickups.

    • Mahogany Body, Maple Fretboard
    • 5 piece maple/walnut neck-thru body design with headstock matching body
    • Maple Neck with 15” radius. Width 2 ¼” at the nut
    • No inlays on the neck. Position markers on the side of the neck only
    • Scale Length: 28.625” 24 Jumbo Frets
    • Pro Dual pickup config:  Cephius Pickups with master volume and tone. Routing will also accept EMG 808s  Uses Agile 8 Bridge
    • Pro Pickup Config:
    • EMG 808 Pickup with master volume. Cavity has been routed large enough to accommodate additional electronics
    • Hip Shot Bridge
    • String through body
    • Die-cast Grover sealed tuners model GH305-18 with 18-1 ratio for fine tuning
    • Graphite Nut
    • Neck profile (thickness): 7/8″ at the nut and 15/16″ at the 12th fret
    • Satin Polyurethane Finish
    • String gauges: .009, .012, .015, .022, .030, .040, .054, .072

    Agile Septor 8 and Interceptor 8 string Guitars

    Agile Septor 8 string electric guitar:

    • Double cutaway light weight Mahogany arch top body with gloss finish
    • 27″ scale 3 piece maple bolt on neck with 15” radius. Width 2 ¼” at the nut, 24 Jumbo Frets
    • Maple fretboard with no markers. Position markers are located on the side of the neck.
    • Cepheus “Alpha” passive pickup in the bridge position and Cepheus “Beta” in the neck position with master volume and tone and 3 way switch. Cavity has been routed large enough to accommodate additional electronics
    • String through body “Agile -8″ bridge for improved sustain. Now also with Staggered String-Through Holes for improved intonation
    • Grover Die-cast Sealed Tuners with 18-1 ratio
    • String gauges: .009, .012, .015, .022, .030, .040, .054, .072

    Agile Interceptor 8 String Guitar

    • Double cutaway light mahogany arch top body
    • 3 piece maple bolt on neck with 15” radius. Width 2 ¼” at the nut
    • Kahler Hybrid 72228K Tremolo
    • Rosewood fretboard with no markers. Position markers are located on the side of the neck.
    • 24 Extra Jumbo 2.9mm frets and a 15″ radius neck for fast play
    • Grover Die Cast Tuners
    • Agile Cepheus Passive Pickups
    • Two volume controls and pickup selector switch
    • Scale Length 28.625″ Width of the neck at the nut 2 ¼”

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    Agile Interceptor Pro 8 String Guitar:

    • Double cutaway light mahogany arch top body
    • 5 piece maple/walnut neck-thru body design with headstock matching body 28.625″ scale
    • USA Made Kahler Pro 2228K Tremolo
    • USA Made EMG 808 Pickups
    • Maple fretboard with no markers. Position markers are located on the side of the neck.
    • 24 Extra Jumbo 2.9mm frets and a 15″ radius neck for fast play
    • Grover Die Cast Tuners
    • Two volume controls and pickup selector switch
    • Width of the neck at the nut 2 ¼”

    Disclosure: This is a professional review site that receives compensation from the companies whose products we review. Prices, descriptions, and availability are current on publication date. For current pricing, specs and availability visit RondoMusic.com

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    { 12 comments… read them below or add one }

    Chimera August 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I own an agile intrepid pro 828 MN bloodburst. these are very high quality guitars; they sound amazing. not to mention they are a lot less expensive than something brand name you'd find from ibanez or schecter, not to say they are inferior. to each their own. but this is a great investment regardless. m/

    Koldblood September 13, 2010 at 11:11 am

    hey did you not see the fucking price!!!! its a thousand bucks and a schecter is 600

    koldbloodcantread September 23, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    hey koldblooded knucklehead the lowest price on an Agile 8 string is $499 and they have many more below $600. So next time read the article and do some research instead of resorting to being a dipshit.

    Symphonyx767 October 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Yeah but scheters suck.

    Agreen69 October 16, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Schecters do not suck

    Agreen69 October 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Schecters do not suck

    Upeppermint November 27, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I have owned several Ibanez guitars (6 and 7 strings) several schecter 7 strings (both 25 1/2″ and 26 1/2″ neck scales). I just bought an Agile Pendulum Pro 7 (with the multi-scale length of 25 1/2″ on the treble side to 27″ on the bass side), which is my first Agile. Let me put it this way: when I get ready to purchase an 8 string, it will be an Agile. I’m done with Ibanez and Schecter.

    Dan March 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Yes they do.

    shitsmeller April 6, 2011 at 2:24 am

    that is custom though, you can get whatever you want. schecters all come the same and it also depends on what schecter you are talking about

    Walkingframe2 July 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I just got my Agile Septor 827 reverse headstock (black quilt) and I honestly do not regret buying this as this guitar fits well with my fingers. At first I thought the transition from 6 to 8 will be hard but actually after a few days playing with it, I’m getting used to it. Also, I’m surprised it’s slightly lighter than my Ibanez RG 220 DX. Proud to be an owner of Agile.

    Falconpunch91 September 1, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Agile will rip you a new butthole, nuff’ said. I own an Agile Intrepid Pro bloodburst, and it’s a piece of art work. Money spent well, Djjjjjjent!

    shanna October 13, 2012 at 5:34 am

    my son turns 18 and graduating may i need something i can afford. he plays the hell out of the guitar.in his own words. R.I.P. DIMEBAG!

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