Went to my local guitar center and checked out the RG8 they had in stock... In short: I think Shannon is right, Ibanez is onto something.
Yes it's affordable and yes it's Indonesia made but there are so many little things and details on the guitar that makes me feel ibanez is stepping up their game. The truss rod cover slides open for easy access (I love that), and the fretwork is really good, the piece of rosewood on the guitar is nice and dark not dry like on an rg7321, the input jack is the barrel type like they use on the old 7621/7421 not like the type they use now on the 7321, the baseplate for the bridge has grooves for the low f# and high e strings saddle adjustment screws so the saddles can sit lower without the screws jabbing your hand, and the string ferrule for the low f# is much larger than the others to accommodate the ball end on a bass string if that's what you wanted to use for your low f#.
There are lots of other things too - like the fact the stock pickups are not bad at all and definitely can get the job done. In short though I REALLY liked the guitar and there is a strong chance I will be picking one up. I encourage everyone to check it out.
If you read this Shannon, what's the largest string you've got on there so far? I'm curious if anything larger than a 65 will fit through the tuner or if it will need to be drilled out, or have the end of the string unwound.
Honestly, the stock low F# is still on my guitar at the moment. I have no idea what's on there now (a 74 maybe?), but I'm gonna bump it up to an 80. An 80 gauge worked fine for me on all the other 8s I've had.