The Fireman Cometh: Paul Gilbert’s Ibanez FRM100 Guitar

November 13th, 2012

By Damian Fanelli

Ibanez’s Paul Gilbert model, the FRM100 (the TR often seen in the name refers to Translucent Red) takes the “signature” theme to a new level. After all, Gilbert pretty much designed this guitar himself.

“I designed the Fireman on my computer by taking a photo of an Ibanez Iceman and turning it upside-down in Adobe Photoshop,” Gilbert told GuitarAficionado.com in May. “Then I just worked out the extra details like adding the lower cutaway, angling the pickups, designing the pickguard shape and asking for a big, beefy neck joint. Ibanez brought the idea to life in their custom shop, and I fell in love with the guitar. The production model is killer. I used a factory sample for the whole Mr. Big tour last year.”

The neck on Fireman is different than the previous RG shapes in the Gilbert signature series. It’s thicker and fatter — 22mm at the first fret and 24mm at the 12th fret. The three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck offers a fat, tight sound and a solid grip. The pickups are DiMarzio Injectors in the bridge and neck and a DiMarzio Area ’67 in the middle; they are designed with hum-cancelling construction to eliminate the noise but retain single-coil tone.

Other features include a mahogany body, medium frets and a Tight Tune bridge.

What does it sound like?

Here’s an official Ibanez video starring Gilbert and the Fireman in action:

MSRP: $1,199.99 | Visit Ibanez.com for more info about this guitar.

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