Welcome to the Wired Guitarist Ibanez RG852MPB review!
Ibanez have always done a great job of serving the extended-range guitar crowd. They released the first production 7 string (Universe), as well as the RG2228, the world’s first production 8 string. Both are Japanese and fantastic models!
Lately, Ibanez has been trying to release guitars with even more features that modern guitarists demand, and the RG852MPB is no different.
Let’s see if it’s worthy of Ibanez’s ERG legacy!
Poplar Burl Top
Wizard Ultra-8 Profile 5-piece Maple/Wenge Neck
Birdseye Maple Fretboard
All Access Neck Joint Bolt On Neck Construction
27” Scale Length
24 Jumbo Frets with Prestige Fret End Treatment
Gibraltar-II 8 Bridge
Gotoh Magnum Lock tuners
Cosmo Black Hardware
Dimarzio PAF 8 Pickups
1xVolume, 1xTone Controls
5-way lever pickup switch (Series, Parallel, and Split, hum cancelling in all positions)
Transparent Ghost Fleet Blue Burst
A lot of these specs are more applicable to tone, so I’ll go over things like the body wood and scale length later in the tone section!
I always thought that the Ultra profile was good with ERGs, and on this 8 string that really proves true. It provides a really balanced feel for chording, single note passages, and a wide variety of other techniques. This is awesome since 8 string are used for a wide variety of styles.