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2017 FTM33 WK 1P 01
FTM33 Weathered Black Red copyright sprite

The FTM33 is an 8-string solid body electric guitar introduced by Ibanez in 2017. It's the signature model of Swedish guitarist Fredrik Thordendal of the progressive metal/ djent band Meshuggah. It is produced in Indonesia.

The FTM33 features a completely new asymmetrical body, which was designed with input from Thordendal. It has the basic shape and balance of a Destroyer, but with the rounded edges and curves of a Firebrand, and a lower horn reminiscent of an Iceman. The control knobs are arranged in a layout identical to that of a Gibson Flying V (the later version, with the larger pickguard). The shape has been dubbed the Stoneman.

It features a neck-through-body construction with ash wings attached to a 27" scale titanium-reinforced 7-piece maple and walnut neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard devoid of inlays. Components include an FX Edge III-8 fixed bridge and dual passive Lundgren M8 humbucking pickups with individual volume controls.

For 2018 the rosewood fretboard was replaced by jatoba.

The first Stoneman prototype was made at Ibanez's Los Angeles Custom Shop (LACS) in 2012, and Thordendal has been shown with numerous different one-off custom LACS guitars since then. The most conspicuous appearance may be in the live recording of the 2014 Ophidian Trek show.[1]

Specifications

Specifications for FTM33
Year(s) produced: 2017–2020
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Indonesia
Finish(es): Weathered Black (WK)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Ash wings
Neck joint:
Neck-thru
Bridge:
FX Edge III-8 fixed (10.8mm string spacing)
Pickguard:
Polished aluminum
Knob style:
Knurled metal dome
Hardware color:
Black
Neck
Neck type:
FTM
Neck material:
7-piece maple/ walnut w/ KTS titanium rods
Scale length:
686mm/ 27"
Fingerboard material:
2017: Rosewood
2018–2020: Jatoba
Fingerboard inlays:
none
Frets:
22 / jumbo
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Lundgren Model M8P (H) passive/ ceramic
Neck pickup:
Lundgren Model M8P (H) passive/ ceramic
Controls:
2 volume / 1 tone / 3-way toggle
String gauge (factory):
.009/.011/.016/.026/.036/.046/.054/.074
Factory tuning:
1D# 2A# 3F# 4C# 5G# 6D# 7A# 8F

Images

Additional details
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching diagram
2V 1T 3-way FTM
Control layout

Sources

  1. NEW! Fredrik’s 2012 Ibanez LACS “Stoneman” Prototype, The Meshuggah Guitarchive, archived from the original October 2016
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