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PGMFRM2
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The PGMFRM2 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 is also known as the Fireman. It was an extremely limited production model crafted by Sugi in Japan.

The PGMFRM2 represents a completely new design not related to previous PGM models. It was modeled after a guitar produced at Gilbert's direction by Hoshino's Los Angelese Custom Shop (LACS). It was introduced along with the PGMFRM1 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Gilbert's first Ibanez signature model.

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 PGMFRM2 features a cherry top on a mahogany body mated to a set-in mahogany 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 pair of DiMarzio Air Classic humbucking pickups with chrome covers mounted in black plastic pickup rings, a TOM-style Gibraltar II bridge with Quik Change II tailpiece, Gotoh tuning machines, and black knobs.

The PGMFRM1 is another limited-edition Fireman model with a korina body and three single coil pickups which was introduced concurrently.

Only five examples of this model were produced[3] making it among the smallest production runs Ibanez has ever done. It was sold only in Japan and was offered only in 2009.

Specifications[]

Specifications for PGMFRM2
Model name: PGMFRM2
Year(s) offered: 2009
Sold in: Japan
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Natural
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ cherry top
Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
Gibraltar II fixed
Tailpiece:
Quik Change II
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
Fireman
Neck material:
3-piece mahogany/ bubinga
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl dot
Frets:
22 / medium nickel silver
Nut:
Black plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio Air Classic (H)
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio Air Classic (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 3-way toggle pickup selector
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images[]

Additional details
Controls VT3 Fireman
Controls layout
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching diagram

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. PGMFRM1 product listing, Ibanez Rules (US retailer), archived March 2009
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