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Godzilla

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Where have you seen that case?? Never heard of that, but It would be useful.


Apparently, the case is only available here in the US. Rest of the world gets a gigbag. It'd be nice if they offered both options everywhere, but that would make too much sense :lol: .


Agreed. As I said, the marketing for Germany makes anything but!


Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:00 am
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Motorman

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Post Re: Mass Production Fireman
Here's a video of the " China-man" !:-)

It covers a lot of sounds I think! I Actually played it clean Too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBT-VcCY ... ature=plcp


Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:38 am
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Saw that video yesterday Remy. I love the way it's like 'okay, new Paul Gilbert signature guitar, gonna do a video on it... but what to open my video with? POSTMAN PAT!'. You don't get much more metal than that :P

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Haha, yeah. When I saw that video yesterday, my childhood memories of watching that show rushed back :lol:

Appreciate the look at the guitar :)

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POSTMAN FUCKING PAT \m/

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As It is going to be difficult to get a Fireman case in Europe...what would you guys suggest? Where do people keeps their shaped guitars?? I've been much of a strat/superstrat man until now :lol:


Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:19 pm
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I found an awesome case for the Fireman:

http://www.dscases.com/DS/storm-im3300. ... hwod1AKBTg

I used it on the last Mr. Big tour, and it held up perfectly under quite a bit of punishment (lots of flying.)

Make sure to choose the "Foam Filled Layers" on the Interior Option. (This brings the price to $215.) You'll have to cut out the shape of the Fireman to make it fit in the foam. But after that, the case is really indestructable, and should last a lifetime. It relatively light-weight considering how strong it is. I've done a lot of flying with it, and the airlines haven't charged me any extra fees for it.

Highly recommended!

Thank you,

Paul


Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:27 am
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I have a question for anyone who has one who has seen it with the pickguard off: What is the routing like on the FRM100? Under the pickguard was it actually cut out for the backwards angled single coils? Thanks!


Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:56 am
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I was about to say: That case looks like some kind of heavy duty weapon case!

Saw the pics.... turns out that's exactly what they are! :lol:

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Sir Robin wrote:
I was about to say: That case looks like some kind of heavy duty weapon case!

Saw the pics.... turns out that's exactly what they are! :lol:



I was about to post the exact same thing :lol:

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Thanks for the info, Paul! Killer case! And not much expensive for the guys in the States!


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parlance wrote:
I have a question for anyone who has one who has seen it with the pickguard off: What is the routing like on the FRM100? Under the pickguard was it actually cut out for the backwards angled single coils? Thanks!


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Good to know... thanks! :)


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So I was at Paul's VIP lesson in Anaheim on Saturday and got a chance to look at his main Fireman up close and personal. It is indeed a Chinese-made production model -- it has the same Made in China stamp on the back of the headstock that mine has. BUT there are a couple of hardware differences. Paul's guitar has standard Gotoh tuners instead of the cheap ones that come with the production models. Also, Paul's guitar doesn't have the funky pickup selector switch with the high switch tip.

I've installed Gotoh locking Magnums on mine, which were drop-in replacements for the original tuners. So far, this seems to have improved tuning stability a lot. String changes are also much easier and quicker, which is why I try to install the Magnums on all my guitars. I've also replaced the pickup selector switch with a standard DiMarzio 5-way. The old switch worked fine, but it just looked weird and cheap to me with the switch tip sitting so high off the body. Lastly, I've filed down the nut a bit, which had a lot of sharp edges from the factory.

I really love this guitar. It is so much fun to play, so resonant and just sounds amazing. I gotta say that for the price point, it's an amazing value. I also think it looks really cool (confession: I was not a fan of the Fireman when I first saw Paul playing one at NAMM in 2008, but it has really grown on me).


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Cool info that he's using an *actual* production model.... thanks for sharing. I've also switched my tuners for Gotoh Magnums, and am in the process of upgrading the electronics, too. I've got some Bourns pots and a DiMarzio switch about to go in. I've found that this guitar is quickly becoming my favorite out of my PGMs. I still love the 100 and 300, but lately, I'm reaching for the FRM first. It's just a really cool guitar.... ;).


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Boom! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ibanez-fireman- ... _855wt_922


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Cool!

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Just wanted to add, I eventually got my FRM100 back from Ibanez warranty repair and although they said they didn't even do anything the weird pickup noise was gone, so it's all good now.

It's a very good sounding guitar; what struck me the most was the sustain especially on the high G,B and E strings, these strings sound much louder (which is good) than on other guitars. I don't know if that's the backwards pickup angle working or what.

All things considered I'm very happy happy with it but one thing I was actually hoping for more of a mahogany honk to it, considering the body and neck are both mahogany, though I suppose the body must have some hollow chambers in it considering how light it is.


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new fireman?


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Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:13 am
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Where did you fnd this? :shock:

And which rehearsal? :shock:

:shock: :shock: :shock:

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