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EGEN8 PLB
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The EGEN8 is a E-Gen series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2010. It is a signature model of guitarist Herman Li, known for his work primarily with the British power metal band DragonForce. The EGEN8 is produced in Indonesia.

The EGEN8 is a more affordable version of Li's original signature guitar, the EGEN18. Both models are based on the S series but feature a number of changes, including the "kung fu grip" on the upper horn.

The EGEN8 features a flamed maple top on an African mahogany body bolted to a maple neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with abalone oval position markers. Components include a special version of the Edge III double locking tremolo bridge with a screw-in tremolo arm rather than the standard push-in bar and Ibanez pickups with V7 & V8 humbuckers flanking an S1 single-coil.

For 2018 the rosewood fretboard was replaced by jatoba.

Differences from the EGEN18 include an Edge III tremolo (in place of the EGEN18's Edge Zero) and Ibanez Vintage pickups (rather than the custom DiMarzio pickups on the EGEN18). The EGEN8 also loses the scalloped upper frets of the high-end model.

Specifications

Specifications for EGEN8
Model name: EGEN8
Year(s) produced: 2010–2018
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Indonesia
Finish(es): Platinum Blond (PLB)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
African mahogany w/ flamed maple top
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Edge III tremolo w/ screw-in trem arm
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
Wizard III
Neck material:
3-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
2010–2017: Rosewood
2018: Jatoba
Fingerboard inlays:
Abalone oval
Frets:
24 / jumbo
Nut:
Locking
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez V8 (H)
Middle pickup:
Ibanez S1 (S)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez V7 (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever / push/pull coil-split on volume
String gauge (factory):
.009–.042

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