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.

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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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