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Tony MacAlpine has left Carvin for Ibanez. A July 2 statement on his website says:
Tony has joined the Ibanez family and will now be playing Ibanez 6, 7, and 8-string guitars exclusively.
“It’s a real honor to be part of the Ibanez endorsee family,” said Tony, “and I’m looking forward to breaking out the 7 and 8-strings on the road!”
8-strings huh? Cool! I still haven’t been able to get my hands on an 8-string but an Ibanez RG2228 is at the top of my wish list ($1,799.99 at Musician’s Friend). Hopefully having a player such as Tony rockin’ the 8 will encourage Ibanez to keep making them for years to come (and maybe even expand the range). I wrote a little wrap-up of production-model 8-strings a few months ago. You can read it HERE.