I bought both of these brand new from Steve at CMC. Great guy who has a very good relationship with the Jackson Custom Shop. I had been saving for a high quality 8 string for a while and even though Im not a collector, when I had the opportunity to own both of the very first 8 strings Jackson has ever made I figured these are the 8 strings to get!
The "marooned" one is the '11 NAMM show 8 string and is the very first one ever made. The grey one is the second one ever made.
The quality on both is what you would expect from a CS Jackson.
There were some errors in the listings which were blamed on wrong info provided by Jackson according to Steve at CMC. He offered me a full refund on both but hell no Im not returning these ridiculously amazing super high end quality Jackson CS 8 strings! The maroon one was listed as having a 28.625" scale length and to be honest that's mainly why I bought it. When I got it I was very disappointed to find out it only had a 25.5" scale length. I still was not going to return it. Also, the grey one was listed as having a 2.25" nut but has a much much smaller nut at 49mm or 1.93" which is just insane small for an 8 string, so small that Ive never experienced strings this close together, Im not even sure how its gonna work if I put heavier strings on it. Its pretty fun to play but damn thats a small nut and some insanely close string spacing for any guitar let alone for an 8 string! Cool thing is that the Grey ones neck is thinner than your average Schecter 7 string neck and feels like any average 7 string neck which is a really cool feeling for an 8 string.
They both share the same basic specs aside from headstock, nut width and neck size. The neck on the grey one is ridiculously small. I think it may be the smallest 8 string neck in existence. I swear the neck feels like a 7 string neck, after all it only has a 49mm nut!!!! Crazy!!!!!
- Maple neck thru
- Alder body
- Ebony fretboard
- 12"-16" compound radius
- Asymmetrical neck with offset trussrod
- Hipshot bridge
- Neck and headstock binding
- EMG 808X pickups
- The Maroon one has a 55mm nut or 2.17 " nut
- The Grey one has a 49mm nut or 1.93" nut
Im very happy with the quality, sound and feel. The asymmetrical neck took some getting used to with the 55mm nut neck but is hard to notice on the 49mm neck. Its pretty cool how insanely thin the neck is at the higher strings due to the asymmetrical neck.
A cloudy day and really the only free time I will have to take pics so here are some pics of these beasts: