This year Paul Gilbert celebrates 25 years of being an Ibanez guy, and to celebrate Paul and Ibanez are releasing the FRM250MF, a new version of Paul’s signature Ibanez line featuring an HSH pickup configuration (the other current Fireman is SSS), a Flamed Maple top on a three-piece Mahogany body, a set neck joint, and a cool cherry red back which contrasts nicely with the yellow of the top. The pickups are a DiMarzio Air Classic in the bridge and neck positions with an Area ’67 noiseless single coil in the middle. Interestingly, the pickup wiring has no setting to select the single coil by itself: available options are neck humbucker, middle and inner neck single coils, both humbuckers, middle and inner bridge single coils, and bridge humbucker. Here are some pics! Read More …
The venerable Rich Harris from Ibanez Rules has confirmed in a posting on Jemsite that the much-rumoured Ibanez Fireman (reverse Iceman, geddit?) Paul Gilbert model will be released in extremely limited quantities, and it ain’t going to be cheap at $9,333.33.
Rich said: “There will be 50 Fireman’s total. 45 SSS for World distribution, 18 to HUSA, and 5 in HH for Japan distribution only, probably by lottery the way they usually do.
The 20th (the PGM100RE) is very reasonable at $2,666, but limited to 300 Worldwide, 120 to HUSA, so tough getting allocations.”
Free plug for Rich: I’ve bought a bunch of parts from Ibanez Rules over the years, and while I’ve never bought a guitar from him, his setups are legendary.