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PGMFRM1
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The PGMFRM1 is a PGM series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2009. It is a signature model of American guitarist Paul Gilbert. It was built in Japan by Sugi.

The PGMFRM1 is a completely new design and not related to previous PGM models. It was issued to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the PGM series.

Paul Gilbert designed the guitar by reversing the original Iceman body shape and adding a cutaway.[1] The design was originally known as the 'Reverse Iceman', until a fan suggested the 'Fireman' (i.e. the opposite of an Iceman) moniker after seeing the guitar in a video Paul Gilbert posted on the internet.[2]

The PGMFRM1 features a korina body (likely the first use of true korina by Ibanez) mated to a set-in korina and bubinga neck with a thick "U" profile, a smooth heel, and a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot position markers. Components include a trio of DiMarzio Area '67 single coil pickups with white covers mounted in a tortoise pickguard, a TOM-style Gibraltar II bridge with Quik Change II tailpiece, Gotoh tuning machines, and white top hat knobs. The triple single coil (SSS) pickup configuration is a first for the PGM series.

The guitar comes packaged with a number of accessories including a pair of Direct Sounds model EX-29 extreme isolation headphones, a Bullet Cable BC-25CCW 25' white coil cable, a "hippie" strap, a Paul Gilbert/ Fireman pick, a certificate of authenticity signed by Gilbert, and a deluxe hardshell case.

The PGMFRM2 is another Fireman model with a mahogany body and two humbucking pickups which was introduced concurrently.

Only 45 examples of this model were produced[3] and it was offered only in 2009.

Specifications[]

Specifications for PGMFRM1
Model name: PGMFRM1
Year(s) offered: 2009
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Price: MSRP: $9,333.32[3]
Finish(es): Natural
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Korina
Neck joint:
Set-in w/ smooth heel
Bridge:
Gibraltar II fixed
Tailpiece:
Quik Change II
Pickguard:
Tortoise
Knob style:
Plastic top hat (white)
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
Fireman
Neck material:
3-piece korina/ bubinga
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl dot
Frets:
22 / jumbo nickel silver
Nut:
Black plastic (43.5mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
SSS
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio Area '67 (S)
Middle pickup:
DiMarzio Area '67 (S)
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio Area '67 (S)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images[]

Additional details
PGMFRM1 front
Front of body
PGMFRM1 rear
Rear of body
PGMFRM extras
Included extras
FIREMAN SSS 5WAYLEV 1V1T
Pickup switching and controls layout

Video[]

Paul Gilbert showing his Ibanez PGMFRM1 signature guitar


Sources[]

  1. Paul Gilbert in a video posted on Youtube [1]
  2. The Fireman Cometh Very Limited Edition Paul Gilbert Signature Debuts at NAMM; Ibanez press release on Gear-Vault.com; February 10, 2009; archived from the original.
  3. 3.0 3.1 PGMFRM1 product listing, Ibanez Rules (US retailer), archived March 2009
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