The Marty Friedman Model , or MFM series is the signature guitar line of Marty Friedman. Friedman is an American guitarist who is best known as a former lead/rhythm guitarist for the thrash metal band Megadeth for close to ten years. He now resides in Japan. He hosted his own television programs, Rock Fujiyama and Jukebox English on Japanese television.
Before switching over to Ibanez Marty Friedman played Jackson guitars. He was responsible for popularizing the now highly acclaimed Jackson Kelly guitar. In 2003 Marty inked an endorsement deal with Ibanez guitars and started using and promoting the new SZ series guitars. In 2006 the first MFM was released based on the SZ guitar.
Two MFMs have been publicly released: the twin humbucker-equipped MFM1 and the MFM2 with one humbucker in the bridge position. Both guitars are based on the Ibanez SZ and have Seymour Duncan IBZ pickups also used for that series. The MFM models were sold only in Japan.
The series was discontinued after 2008. Friedman would later leave Ibanez and sign with Paul Reed Smith.