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Here it is: the ultimate guitar to explore the deepest tunings, and for finding all-new sonic textures. Designed by Stephen Carpenter of Deftones, the ESP STEF B-8 is built by hand at the ESP Custom Shop in Tokyo. As the name implies, it’s an 8-string, neck-thru-body guitar at a 27” baritone scale, allowing for amazing stability and excellent string tension even at the lowest pitch registers. The STEF-B8 features an alder body with maple neck and ebony fingerboard, along with Sperzel locking tuners and a Hipshot fixed bridge. Perhaps the highlight of this guitar that was updated in 2016 is its Fishman Fluence® SRC Signature active pickup set. Each pickup has multiple voicings; use the push-pull control on the volume knob to select the one you want. On the middle alnico pickup, push down for “Modern Active” tone or pull up for “Modern Passive Attack”. On the bridge ceramic pickup, push down for “Modern Passive Attack” tone or pull up for “Modern Active” voicing. This model includes Fishman’s universal USB rechargeable battery pack. Available in Black finish.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 27" Baritone
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Finish Black
Nut Width 55mm
Nut Type Graphite
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button ESP Strap Lock
Tuners Sperzel Locking
Bridge Hipshot Fixed
Middle PU Fishman Fluence SRC Signature
Bridge PU Fishman Fluence SRC Signature
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume(Push/Pull)/Tone/3-Way Switch
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Light (.010/.013/.017/.030/.042/.054/.064/.074)
Case Included Y
Controls Sc
Acclaimed Knives

Does this sound different than the SC 608?

Carl N.

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Jesse L.

How much does this thing weigh? Is it any lighter than the new sc608b?

Carl N.

Should be around 9lbs, hope this helps.


I have the red sparkle SC-608b and have owned the Stef B-8.   The difference in weight is huge, the B-8 is way lighter 



Thank you very much Carl N. For the reply.  Please have a good day, everyday.

Tom Sisson

Carl N.

Thanks Tom, Happy New Year!


Is this guitar or any other 8 string models available as a left handed model?

Tom Sisson

Carl N.

Hey Tom, ESP models can be special ordered from Japan in either orientation.  I would reach out to your local/preferred ESP dealer in order to place your order for a left handed version of this model.

carter m.

Hi there ! I hope you guys are great, happy new year !

In the future, I intent to buy the Stef B-8 and I wanna know if you guys ship in France, 'cause that's where I live.

Thanks for your response and have a great day.

Todd B. ESP

Hi Carter, Thanks and Happy New Year too. Sorry for my late reply to your question. We do not ship to France. You should contact your distributor to find out where you can purchase your guitar locally. Here is a link to our distributor page: