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.
- ↑ NEW! Fredrik’s 2012 Ibanez LACS “Stoneman” Prototype, The Meshuggah Guitarchive, archived from the original October 2016
- Fredrik Thordendal (artist page), Ibanez Europe, archived November 2017
- FTM33 product page, Ibanez Europe, archived November 2017
- 2017 Europe catalog (page 7)
- 2018 Europe catalog (page 15)
- FTM33 product page, Ibanez Europe, archived January 2018
- FTM33 product page, Ibanez USA, archived January 2019
- FTM33 product page, Ibanez Europe, archived January 2020