The Schecter C-8 Deluxe Eight-String Electric Guitar is here to make it affordable to enter the world of 8 strings. It features a basswood body with a bolt-on maple neck that heavily reinforced. The rosewood fingerboard had a flatter, 16" radius with 24 frets and dot inlays to make fingering as easy as posible. Schecter Diamond pickups are designed to handle the extended range of this C-8. A tune-o-matic bridge with string-thru body loading improves sustain while keeping intonation tight. Case sold separately.Body Body shape: Double cutaway Body type: Solid body Body material: Solid wood Top wood: Not applicable Body wood: Basswood Body finish: Gloss Orientation: Right handed Neck Neck shape: C thin Neck wood: Maple Joint: Bolt-on Scale length: 28" Truss rod: Dual-action Neck finish: Gloss Fretboard Material: Rosewood Radius: 16" Fret size: Narrow extra jumbo Number of frets: 24 Inlays: Dot Nut width: 2.12" (54mm) Pickups Configuration: HH Neck: Diamond Plus Middle: Not applicable Bridge: Diamond Plus Brand: Schecter Active or passive: Passive Series or parallel: Series Piezo: No Active EQ: No Special electronics: None Controls Control layout: Master volume, tone Pickup switch: 3-way Coil tap or split: No Kill switch: No Hardware Bridge type: Fixed Bridge design: Tune-o-matic Tailpiece: String thru body Tuning machines: Schecter Color: Chrome Other Number of strings: 8-string Special features: Extended range Case: Sold separately Accessories: None Country of origin: South Korea
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Back to topI've been playing guitar and bass for almost 10 years exactly and I've exclusively been 4-5 string basses and standard 6 string guitars (I explore all kinds of alternate tuning options like Open G, open D minor, experimental tuning--not just your simple Drop Db, etc... not a big fan of drop tuning anyways) and I will note that jumping up from 4 to 5 string bass can be a challenge.
Going from a 6 string to a 8 string is a a step above that. I'm using the standard F# B E A D G B E (debating ditching the low F# for an A string above the high e) and despite the low string being some what inaudible and power chords just sounding muddy with the low F#, the instrument is great.
The biggest challenge to picking up an 8 string physically is adjusting to it's wide neck. Normally I can hold a barre chord on a 6 string and strum power chords all day with no issue. On this thing, my left wrist and hand are both sore after a few minutes of playing. However, I am very new to extended range guitars and I know that someday I'll be able to play it easily. As far as weight goes, it's a very light guitar and is actually a little bit lighter than my Charvel. Another note is that the frets are wider in comparison to your standard six string.
I think the only con to it is that you really need to tune below the pitch of the note and then tune up to reach the pitch you want with the two lower strings. Normally something like this is not much of an issue on most higher end guitars but with this it is.
Also if you strum the low F# too hard it's almost inaudible. You may hit a D note but it'll sound like you hit an Eb or something. And on top of that just because you can do massive bends on the low string doesn't mean you should. I did a full two step bend with the low F# and it knocked it out of tune.
Besides that, if you're a musical geek and you wanna try something new, check it out. I plan on investing into a higher end 8 string in the future.
Schecter Guitar Research C-8 Deluxe Eight-String Electric Guitar Satin Black