Best 8-string guitars: embrace the low-end with our djent-friendly electrics for all budgets

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When the gut-thumping low end of a 7-string simply isn’t enough, you’ll instead want to turn your attention to the best 8-string guitars out there. One of these can unlock a whole new landscape for guitar playing, giving you access to frequencies previously impossible to reach.

An 8-string guitar is typically tuned F#, B, E, A, D, G, B, E, though if you figure that you might as well go the full octave lower, you can drop your bottom F# to an E. Here, you’re really in bass territory. So, if you’re playing in a situation without a bassist, then an 8-string can come in handy to ensure that the whole frequency range we’re used to hearing in modern music is there.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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