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Caparison Apple Horn 8 True Temperament Guitar, 8-String, Charcoal Black Matt

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Caparison Apple Horn 8 True Temperament Guitar, 8-String, Charcoal Black Matt


Player's Perspective

Music Store Live is proud to offer up Caparison Guitars as part of our stable of high-end guitars. This is the signature axe for Swedish shredder Mattias IA Eklundh and while the frets look all squiggly on it, there is no adjustment needed from your normal playing style to navigate this beauty. Just play as you normally would and enjoy staying in tune all the way up and down the neck, and on every string, the way you never have before. To add to the uniqueness of this one, the pickup selector is the push/push volume knob. When pressed down, you're on the bridge pickup, when depressed, you're on the neck pickup. Simple and straight forwarded.

Handmade in Japan, you can really feel the attention to detail in every aspect of this gorgeous instrument. It's simple and understated, yet it is sure to grab the attention of bandmates and audience members alike. The feel is simply extraordinary on this guitar and, of course, the tone is nothing short of incendiary and searing hot. Of course, as per the entire point of the true tempered frets, the intonation is immaculate.

Every detail of this guitar is exquisite, from the electronics to the craftsmanship. The action is quite low right out of the box, the trem has spot-on intonation, and the neck feels exquisite. This is a serious axe to add to any shredder's arsenal.

Manufacturer's Description

Updated with a Charcoal Black Matt finish, FU-Tone 8 string bridge and Stainless Steel True Temperament frets, the Caparison Apple Horn 8 is, in our humble opinion, the pinnacle of extreme guitar design. The Walnut and Mahogany tone wood composite body helps to maintain that essential note definition needed when dealing with avant-garde guitar tunings. The highs remain crystal clear with a distinctive bell-like midrange and the low notes are tight yet thunderous.

The fast and comfortable hand finished, beautiful 5-piece maple/walnut neck, offers up security for its extensive size. In addition, two titanium rods were built into the neck, eliminating any chance of warping and increasing the guitar’s strength, stability and performance. Add to this the 27 fret Stainless Steel True Temperament system on a select Ebony fingerboard and the exacting harmonics that this guitar produces sing out in perfect intonation.

"Every time I pick up the Caparison Apple Horn 8 I am utterly floored and flabbergasted by its playability and enormously rich tone. It's like a chamber orchestra in one instrument!

"I own and have tried numerous eight string guitars but, never understood the full potential of the instrument until I had "The Beast" in my lap (as my fellow Caparison friends like to call it). The usual thing out there nowadays, it seems, is to get an eight string, turn up the distortion, do a little “djent-djent-djent” on the two lowest strings and make a pseudo evil face to go with it. The Apple Horn 8 has so, so much more to offer. You can play anything. The guitar is so well balanced, both in look and feel.

"I take a humble, sincere Viking bow to my dear buddies at Caparison for making this happen. This is not just another guitar. It will take me a few years to fully understand the nature and the astonishing wide spectrum of the Apple Horn 8. I am looking forward to the ride." - Mattias "IA" Eklundh



  • Model: Apple Horn 8
  • Color: Charcoal Black Matt
  • Top: Walnut
  • Body: Mahogany


  • Construction: Bolt-On
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Binding: White
  • Neck Wood: Maple / Walnut 5-Piece with Twin Titanuim Support Rods
  • Neck Finish: Urethane (satin)
  • Scale: 27"
  • Fretboard Radius: Compound 13.78" - 15.75"
  • Frets: 27, Jumbo, Stainless Steel, True Temperament
  • Width @ Nut: 54mm (2.13")
  • Depth @ 1st Fret: 21mm
  • Depth @ 12th Fret: 22mm
  • Nut Material: FU-Tone Locking
  • Headstock: Devil's Tail, AH8 Logo


  • Pickups: DiMarzio PAF 8 and D Activator 8 Humbuckers
  • Controls: Volume (push/push for pickup selection)


  • Bridge: FU-Tone 8 String, with Big Brass Block, Noiseless HD Springs, Titanium String Blocks
  • Tuners: Gotoh SG381-07 H.A.P.
  • Hardware Finish: Black


  • Strings: RotoSound .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042/.054/.065
  • Case: Fitted Hardshell
  • Serial #: 4340015
  • Instrument Weight: 9.4 lbs.
  • Hand Crafted in Japan

Overall Condition

Music Store Live is proud to be an authorized dealer for Caparison. This Apple Horn 8 is 100% brand new and is being sold with a full manufacturer's warranty. Photos are of the exact guitar you'll receive.

Our in-house guitar tech will inspect, test, set up, and clean all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.