A Cheap 8 String Guitar For Djenting on a Budget

8 string guitars can get expensive quickly, but if you’re looking for a cheaper option, you should definitely be looking at this bad boy by Jackson – it is one of the best cheap 8 string guitars you can buy right now…

You want to start playing djent but you do not have the budget to drop $1000+ on an 8 string guitar. This is a problem. But as with most things in life, there is a solution.

Cheap 8 String Guitars – Yep! They Exist…

And that solution is to go with a cheap 8 string guitar over a super-expensive one. If you’re a beginner or someone that just plays for fun, you don’t need a studio-grade 8 string guitar for playing at home and/or jamming with your buddies.

You just need something that’ll get the job done, sound good, pack in some decent pickups, and that plays nicely. The good news is you do have a very good option if this suits what you’re looking for – meet the Jackson JS32-8 Dinky DKA SBK AH.


Jackson JS32-8 Dinky DKA SBK AH Specifications

The Jackson JS32-8 Dinky DKA SBK AH, which I’m just going to call the Jackson JS32-8 Dinky DKA from here on out, retails for just $366 and it packs in plenty of great specs and hardware. It also looks stunning too, as you can see below:

Full Specifications

  • One-piece bolted neck: Maple, with graphite reinforcement and scarf joint
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • With fretboard binding
  • Piranha fretboard inlays
  • Fretboard radius: 12″-16″
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Scale: 673 mm
  • Pickups: 2 High-output Jackson humbucker
  • 3-Way toggle-switch
  • 1 Volume and 1 tone control
  • Jackson HT8 bridge
  • Black hardware
  • Colour: Satin black

Having played this guitar, albeit very briefly, and having no idea it was so cheap, I was kind of blown away when I found out that it cost less than $400.

The Jackson pickups – you get 2 High-output Jackson humbuckers
– were brilliant, giving clear, deep tones even on the lower-end of the spectrum which is key when you’re dealing with 7 and 8 string guitars.

Best 8 String Guitar Under $400 

The body and design, in my opinion, is totally gorgeous – it looks like a million bucks up close and in pictures. The Jackson JS32-8 Dinky DKA is also relatively lightweight for an 8 string guitar, coming in at just over 14 pounds.

It also comes in white which, if you like white guitars, is definitely a plus – I think it looks dope. Although I think, given a choice, I would almost certainly go with the black model, just because it will look good for longer – white shows every bit of grime as well as scuffs and bumps.

Another cool thing about this guitar? It’s Amaranth fretboard is nice and fast; it’s also pretty thin too, so you can move around pretty easily. Again, it’s not going to rival the more expensive 8-string guitars on the market in this context, but for less than $400 you really cannot fault this guitar.

If you’re looking for a cheap 8 string guitar that looks great and plays like an angel then the Jackson JS32-8 Dinky DKA SBK AH is 100% worth a look. I cannot fathom how Jackson can retail a guitar of this quality for such a small amount of money, but I’ll take it!

Kudos, Jackson! You just earned yourself a lifelong fan.


I just realised that the Jackson JS32-8 Dinky DKA SBK AH is pretty much sold out everywhere. I cannot say I’m surprised; at this price point, it was always going to be extremely popular.

You can still get one, but you’ll be waiting 6-8 weeks for delivery.

My advice? Get it and wait. The Dinky is legit our favourite budget 8 string guitar right now and is well worth the wait.

If you cannot wait, however, the Jackson JS32-8 Dinky DKA SBK AH isn’t the only game in town when it comes to killer (and affordable) 8 string guitars. You also have the very cheap Harley Benton R-458BK Fanfret which retails for just $189.

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Is it as good as the Jackson JS32-8 Dinky DKA SBK AH? No. But it is an 8 string guitar with solid pickups that plays great. If you want mega value for money, and you can live with cheaper hardware/components, this extremely cheap 8 string guitar could be worth a punt.

Me? I’d wait for the Jackson JS32-8 Dinky DKA SBK. Patience is, after all, a virtue. And the 8 string Dinky will be well worth the wait.


Richard has been playing guitar for over a decade and is a huge fan of metal, doom, sludge, and rock music in general – though mostly metal. Having played in bands and worked in studios since the early 2000s, Richard is a massive music production geek, a fan of minimalist recording techniques, and he really likes old-school guitars.

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