Ibanez FRM100 Paul Gilbert Fireman Trans Red 2011
Ibanez FRM100, trans red, made in China 2011. The Fireman is the brainchild of Paul Gilbert, the shredemon noted for his blazing speed and work with Mr Big and Racer X. It borrows a 24.75" scale and mahogany body from the Gibson method and three single coils from Fender land, plus the Iceman headstock and shape from the Ibanez archives. It's a great sounding guitar: heaps of tasty mids and cut, balanced by a warm low end. The neck is well shaped for quick playing; it's slim and round with a pretty flat board, plus the neck joint allows for easy upper access. These are discontinued now and likely to increase in quirky cult-fan acclaim in years to come, so if you like beefy Fireman, here's you shot!
Model: Ibanez FRM100TR Paul Gilbert Fireman
Made: China, 2011 (Serial J110752961)
Finish: transparent red (TR)
Body: mahogany/maple 3-piece, 24.75" scale, 12" radius
Neck: 1-piece maple, rosewood board, 24.75" scale, 12" radius
Pickups: 2x DiMarzio Injector single coil (neck, bridge), 1x DiMarzio Area 67 single coil (middle)
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some very minor scuffs on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has some light scuffs and surface scratches but no major marks. The sides are pretty clean, just some minor dimples on the top horn, shoulder and near the jack and a small chip on the bottom horn. The front is also pretty tidy, just some light scuffs on the shoulder, a chip on the top horn and some play scratches on the guard. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have minor wear only, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 11-49 Moonshiners strings.