Re: Ibanez RG8?
The RG8 is a great guitar for $400. Its by far the best 8 string anywhere near that price point. Its a very simple guitar which is part of why it is so good. Take away the 27" scale length and good neck and all you have is a basswood body, 2 humbuckers, 3 way switch, and simple bridge. There isn't much that can go wrong on it unless the hardware is made out tin foil. You should be safe ordering one online from Sweetwater. The guitar will need to be set up when you get it though. But even that won't be a huge deal because there is no floating bridge to deal with.
Almost half of the members of ss.org have purchased one and I have yet to see one show up in the for sale section, which is really impressive.