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Angry Help! Paul Gilbert Fireman FRM100 Wiring Diagram & Parts List

I bought a used FRM100 from Sam Ash in Hollywood.

Perhaps because of their utterly inept packing job, axe showed up buzzing horribly through my PRS 2 Channel H's clean channel. I dimed the gain and volume and the Fireman was buzzing on every pickup setting, worse than my single coil Strat copy. The worst was the bridge pickup, it was twice as loud noise-wise as every other setting. My other guitars are all fine, as expected, with the exact same amp settings and instrument cord.

Complained to seller, he asked if I could bring it into the local Sam Ash store for a checkup.

Dude works on it, says he thought the volume pot was mounted too tightly and it was causing problems. He said loosened it and cleaned both pots and said it was fine best he could tell.

I bring it home and now the bridge and neck pickups are very nearly dead silent but positions 2, 3 & 4 are buzzing, though not as badly as before.

All three are hum-cancelling pickups. My thinking is that if the outer pickups are quiet solo'd, shouldn't this axe be quiet in all positions if it is wired correctly and nothing is broken?


I also would like a parts list and wiring diagram if anyone has them. I cannot pull up anything newer than 2008 on the Ibanez site and neither could the tech. And I know these are sort of humbuckers so they're not simple single coils.

I also cannot figure out the serial number stamp either... Ibanez' site rather sucks.

This is a very interesting guitar and I want to keep it. Advice is appreciated.
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