One of the most versatile guitars known to man is the 8 string acoustic guitar. An 8 string acoustic guitar is a strummed/bowled guitar with at least two other strings than the normal six, or an extra string than the seventh string. Eight-string guitars are much rarer than six and seven-string guitars, yet they're widely played by some classical, rock, and folk guitarists. There are several styles of guitar in this category, so finding the right one should not be a problem for the beginning guitar player. Here is a list of 8 string guitars, with descriptions of their pros and cons.
The first type of 8 string guitar is the above-the-neck model, the "standard" model. This guitar has a single neck, with a regular six-string guitar scale length. The beauty of this guitar is that it's easy to find one with just about any type of headstock or fingerboard arrangement you would like. Many have only three or four frets, with the remaining fretboard on the side. Some have only five frets, with the other five on a fretboard similar to a traditional 6 string guitar.
The second type of 8 string guitar is the "ten-string" or "ten-string classical guitar." As its name implies, these guitars have ten strings, instead of the regular six. The strings are placed closer together, producing a deeper and richer sound than a six-string. They are usually only about half the distance from the fretboard as a traditional six-string but have enough "bounce" to be very comfortable for playing fast picking solos or blazing lead guitar licks.
The third variety of the best 8 string guitars is the "electric guitar," also known as the "classical guitar." These are the guitars most commonly seen in the rock concerts of today. There are many different models, each with its own distinctive sound. The most common models are those which are electric and have the ability to play a wide range of metal styles, from hard rock to heavy metal. Some even feature true bypass switching of the headstock, which allows the guitarist to switch between alternate tunings without having to re Tune the instrument.
Most electric 8 string guitars are fitted with "thumbrests," which rest behind the strings and help to keep the guitarist's hands in the right position to play in tune. The 6 string also has a thumbrest, but it does not rest behind the strings, so the guitarist must press down on the strings with his index finger in order to stay in tune. Even though both types of 8 string guitars share the same neck joint, they differ in the size and shape of their fingerboards.
Before making your final thoughts on purchasing the guitar you would like, it is important to consider how much money you want to spend. Although the prices of most of the models tend to be fairly similar, there are always exceptions. The price point will include the cost of the electric model, shipping, and handling if applicable, as well as a markup if you are looking at models with custom finishes or other features. In addition, there may be an additional fee for the purchase of an actual 8 string guitar online.
As far as features go, there are a few different options when it comes to the style of guitar you can buy. There are some models available which feature a double-cutaway, "harp" top, adjustable truss rods, natural rubber covers on the fingerboard, a padded saddle, and either a drop-in neck or a "thumbrest" installed. Some models, such as the "Parrot" series by Gibson, have the neck extremely low at the fretboard, while others have the neck elevated slightly. This latter model often has a fingerboard volume knob so that you can change back and forth between different styles of sound production. There is even a model which has a vintage-style finish on the fretboard.
The tone of the guitar should be one of the last considerations on your list. Some of the most popular brands, such as Yamaha, employ humbuckers on their guitars as well as enhancers such as the Esplendore/Prodigy pickup switch, giving them a full range of tones, from a clear high-quality tone to a touch more advanced tone. However, if you are going to purchase an instrument, it is imperative that it has a good sound. Look at the price point and make sure the sound is what you expect from your purchase.