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The M8M is an 8 string solid body electric guitar introduced by Ibanez in 2012. It's the initial signature model of Swedish guitarists Fredrik Thordendal and Mårten Hagström, known for their work with the progressive metal/ djent band Meshuggah. The M8M is built in Japan by Sugi and is based on the RG series.

The M8M features neck through body construction with alder wings mated to a maple and bubinga neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with a 29.4" scale and no inlays. Components include an FX Edge III-8 fixed bridge, a single passive/ceramic Lundgren M8 bridge pickup and Schaller security locks.

For 2019 the bubinga in the neck construction was replaced by jatoba, the rosewood fretboard was replaced with pau rosa and Sperzel tuners were added. For 2020 the fretboard was reverted to rosewood.

The M80M is a more affordable version of this model which was released in 2014.

Specifications

Specifications for M8M
Model name: M8M
Year(s) produced: 2012–2021
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Black
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Alder wings
Neck joint:
Neck-thru
Bridge:
FX Edge III-8 fixed (10.8mm string spacing)
Strap buttons:
Schaller safety lock
Knob style:
Gotoh VK1-19 knurled metal dome
Hardware color:
Black
Neck
Neck type:
M8M
Neck material:
2012–2018: 5-piece maple/ bubinga
2019–2021: 5-piece maple/ jatoba
Scale length:
747mm/ 29.4"
Fingerboard material:
2012–2018: Rosewood
2019: Pau Rosa
2020–2021: Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
None
Frets:
24 / jumbo (Prestige edge treatment)
Machine heads:
2012–2018: ???
2019–2021: Sperzel
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
H
Bridge pickup:
Lundgren Model M8 passive/ ceramic
Controls:
Master volume / master tone
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel (side mounted)
String gauge (factory):
.009/.011/.016/.026/.036/.046/.052/.070 (Dunlop)
Factory tuning:
1D# 2A# 3F# 4C# 5G# 6D# 7A# 8F

Images

Additional details
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Controls layout
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Rear of body

Video

Mårten Hagström of Meshuggah discussing the Ibanez M8M signature 8-string guitar


Sources

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