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Artist AG78V2 Natural Headless Multiscale 8-string Electric Guitar

The AG78V2 is our upgraded and modified headless fan fret electric guitar. Building off the success of our AG78MS, we have applied various upgrades and modifications to the AG78V2 for improved performance and features. Using our customer feedback we have isolated areas of improvement and the AG78V2 is the result! 

The guitar features a 24-fret multiscale Blackwood Fretboard over a Maple Neck. The body has a gloss natural finish over the stylish design of this guitar, and we have made ergonomic alterations to the shape to ensure this is comfortable both seated and standing. The “headstock” (or lack thereof) has also been altered in shape, and now features a classy cut-off.
We have made alterations to the hardware also, and now include a premium locking nut and an improved, top-tier bridge. The bridge and saddles have been upgraded to ensure there are no issues with tuning the guitar and to ensure tuning stability.

The Tech Features

Brand: Artist

Model: AG78V2

Body: Mahogany Body, Gloss Finish

Neck: Maple Neck, Matte Finish, 

Frets: 24 Fanned Frets, 25% nickel alloy 

Nut Width: 58mm 

Fingerboard Radius: 1334” (350mm)

Fretboard: Blackwood

Scale Lengths: 
 - High E - 26 inches
 - Low F# - 28 inches

Pickups: 2 x Passive "Soapbar" Pickups, Matte Black

Controls: Volume, Tone, 3-way switch

Other Features: Rear-mounted Output Jack, Improved Machine heads/saddles, Improved ergonomic carves

Weight: 3.4Kg / 7lb and 7.9oz

Suitable Hard Cases: REC300RC, REC350BK, REC350FTB, EC500


Reviews (8)

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Good guitar once you fix its issues

By: on 18 September 2023
Out of the box this looks like a good instrument with a fantastic price, however the instrument I received had a number of issues, some easier to fix than others PROS: - Fantastic price - Super comfortable body shape, not too heavy - Satin neck feels great - Scale feels great vs some other multiscale guitars I’ve played CONS: - Horrible Fret buzz out of the box - rounded out heads on a couple of the set screws, had to use a hammered in TRX bit to remove then replaced all with high tensile screws - poor intonation out of the box, had to drill new mounting holes and re-seat the bridge to allow enough adjustment on the G and D strings in particular - frets feel scratchy above 12th fret After a fret dress and level, neck adjustment, changing every grub screw, re-seating the bridge, changing the strings out to a heavier gauge and doing a full set up this is now a great playing 8 string, in the future I’ll probably upgrade the pickups but that’s a personal taste thing rather than an issue with the guitar. If you have the time and skills to fix its issues I’d recommend this over some far more expensive multiscale 8 strings. If you’re not able to do the work and don’t have a luthier you can take it to I’d probably give it a miss

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for your honest and detailed review. We can assure you that our customers are covered with our 100-day free returns customer satisfaction guarantee if they encounter any problems with our products and services. We are glad to hear that the guitar is now a fantastic axe in your hands.

Save Your Money For A Strandberg

By: on 21 July 2023
If you're in the market for a headless 8 string fanned fret guitar, turn away from this product NOW. Whilst the price of this instrument may be enticing, please do not make the same mistake as me and fall for it. At first I was happy with the product, I had unboxed it and the neck felt great, action was a little high and the intonation needed some work, but it nothing I couldn't fix (or so I thought). Once I plugged it in to my setup, my signal was drowned out by constant humming even on a clean channel. I had contacted their support team and was notified that this could have been an issue with the guitars grounding, so I had a look myself - and the bridge was not grounded properly hence the buzz. I had had this issue with a previous guitar and easily fixed it. When putting the guitar back together, I sought to fix the other two issues, the action and the intonation. The action was an easy fix but when I got to the intonation, that's where more issues arose. I had wondered by the A string (5th) sounded so off whenever I would play. I tried adjusting the saddles to find the right intonation but then I found that the screw holding it in place would not tighten. It was upon further inspection that I discovered that my unit was shipped to me with a stripped screw hole on the bridges base plate, causing the saddle for this string to never be stable. I am extremely disappointed as this guitar seemed to be too good to be true when I first took it out of the box but I guess you get what you pay for. This could have been a great instrument but your company's quality control needs some work.

Artist Guitars Response
Hi Jordon! I sincerely apologize for the issue that you're having with the guitar. This is definitely not the experience we want you to have with our product. I could see that you've sent an email about this. Rest assured that we will do our best to resolve your concern. Our experts will be in touch to help you get the best resolution.

Artist headless 8 string

By: on 30 June 2023
Straight out of the box, this thing was an absolute machine to play. After a set of new strings and a very minor setup it was ready for gigging/recording. Would always recommend.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you for your review. We really appreciate the support. We are always here if you need further assistance.

Amazing Guitar

By: on 30 June 2023
I am not usually interested in electric guitars. My preferred instrument is the classical guitar; I find nylon strings on the guitar more expressive. Nevertheless, I ordered this instrument in August 2022 it arrived in June 2023; what a wait! Anyway, this guitar is different, and I am pleased with the aesthetics and the potential to explore another aspect of the guitar. Well worth the wait, and the price was fantastic.

Artist Guitars Response
Thanks for your feedback. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions, we are always here to help.

So Impressed!

By: on 17 June 2023
I jumped on the bandwagon & pre-ordered the Headless Fan-fret 8 String. Understandably, there’s a fair bit of faith you put in a Guitar Maker to produce a new release Guitar that’s of high quality. Artist Guitars have done this with style. So impressed. The Guitar arrived with more than what was originally proposed. So sleek, so well constructed, such attention to detail, and such a beautiful Guitar to play. My first 8 String Guitar! And I never thought I’d be in a position to afford one at some of the high prices that are out there in the market. Artist Guitars have not only provided an amazing product, that exceeds all expectations, they have made a Guitar that sounds, looks, feels, & plays exceptionally. I will & have recommended any Product from Artist Guitars Catalog from my experience with my new 8 String. So well priced, & such positive & attentive communication with the Company. Well done Artist Guitars.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for the awesome review. This is greatly appreciated. If you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us. Cheers!


By: on 28 December 2022
I have spent over $200 dollars trying to make this at least a decent guitar. No matter what you do this guitar will always fail. Bridge pins don't turn, Strings wont ever stay in tune, nor will they be intonated ever. The neck has sharp frets everywhere. Most rushed and botched job of a guitar ever. This guitar is useless to me and I can't even get a refund or a swap because I've had it for over 6 months because I've been trying to make this guitar at least functional. Not only that, but the pickups are awful, barely picking up the lower notes. I DO NOT recommend this waste of money. Unless Artist send me a new one to review in place of this botched high school project level of a guitar. I can't even use my one anymore the nut is that broken, and who ever designed the nut and locking mechanism on this one needs to be fired. PUT THE DAMN LOCKING IN LINE WITH THE FRETS! Absolutely appalled. If I could give it zero stars I would. And I know Artist will take this review down. Because they took my last one down too.

Artist Guitars Response
I really am sorry that this has what you encountered with the original version of the AG78. We sincerely appreciate all our customer's feedback about the guitar and does we have made the current or 2nd version of the guitar noting the improvements based on what our customer said about the first one. Please feel free to reach out to us at or feel free to call our number. We would be more than happy in sorting this out.

Glad i got mine but....

By: on 5 July 2022
Got my guitar as a birthday gift which was was really nice. I love the look and can't wait to learn new way of playing guitar, My only gripe is that myself and everyone else that purchased MS model guitars in the last order have missed out on all the new upgraded features. Still i give my 8 string 5 stars, P.S. good quality checking GREG :P

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you for leaving a review about the guitar. We really appreciate it.

The single best 8 string for the money.

By: on 1 July 2022
Dont get me wrong, it definitely isnt a thousand dollar guitar. But jesus, this is seriously good. The quality is beyond anything at this price point. I have the grungemaster as well and i love that equally as much. Youll read reviews about the bridge on this 8 string. But seriously. The bridge works, the tuning pegs are a bit tight but after a few turns it works exactly how you would want. Knocked it out of the park again artist.

Artist Guitars Response
We are glad to hear that you are happy with our product. Thank you for sharing this feedback with us and for the support!

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