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Paul will be releasing a 25th anniversary Fireman soon (according to his photographer, James Chiang)

This is probably the one. It's the best shot I found:

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Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:27 pm
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Post Re: The new Fireman
There's another, newer prototype that has full cream binding around the body and the headstock and a cream-colored nut. Makes the guitar look much nicer, IMHO.


Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:03 am
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Wow.

Where did you get to see this one?

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oscars guitar shop podcast episode 49
https://www.facebook.com/oscarsguitarshop/photos_stream

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Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:00 pm
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Post Re: The new Fireman
Although Paul has not really been using PGMs these recent years, I was still hoping for the orange PGM for his 25th anniversary. :?


Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:26 am
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From the MR BIG facebook page:
It's that time of the year again! That means, it's time for the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show. It's a convention in Anaheim, California, where musical instrument manufacturers show their new products, kind of like a stadium-sized music store. PAUL GILBERT will be going there this year to unveil some new signature models with Ibanez, as well as doing autograph sessions for Ernie Ball strings, TC Electronic pedals, and Majik Box pedals. As always, he sees lots of friends there. It's like a giant family reunion of musicians and the people who make the gear. Paul is looking forward to meeting you all there, he will see you all soon! - JL


It says models so there could be a few things announced (maybe a PGM). I still love my PGM's. I don't have a fireman yet.

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And then, out of the sudden...

IBANEZ RELEASES THE PINK ICEMAN/DESTROYER

(in a limited edition, which costs around 10 grand)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEVvncbnlOU

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Cool!

Thanks, Sean, for posting the vid!

Now, isn't it curious that Paul only got signature SINGLE COILS from Dimarzio, and the fact that he only used them on his main guitars for a couple of years?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m-6DcY_ ... 4-overview

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Nice video there :)

anybody have any idea which factory made this? I quite sure its not MIJ.


Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:24 am
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Post Re: The new Fireman
Some months ago, after seeing Paul playing the humbuckerized Fireman, I asked him if he kept using the standard one and he replied that at the moment he was writting the replay he was playing it.
I think there are some comercial reasons for all the new models (added to the permanent evolution on Paul's guitar concept). Paul said he had been using for a time his semi hollow body guitar almost as his main axe (see 2008 tour vídeos), so not always new models mean they become the only guitar he uses. :-)

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Just got mine a few minutes ago.

First impressions:

The color isn't quite what I expected via the Ibanez site. It's actually more orange than yellow, even more-so than in the picture. The zebra pickups and knobs are also dark / aged cream, not almost white as they look in some photos. On first inspection build quality seems similar to the FRM100, maybe just slightly better, though I haven't really played it yet. It was very in tune somehow out of the box, in spite of sitting outside in 10 degree weather and just having been shipped from Florida, to Winnipeg, to Edmonton(!).

The case isn't what I would call high end, but it's definitely a step up from the bag that came with the FRM100. It's probably road-worthy, but I wouldn't put it on a flight.

I'll start playing it as soon as it warms up and I can set it up. The damn courier left the thing on my porch. It's spring here in Canada, so it's like 10 degrees outside. Last week it was -25, if he left it out then I would've had to release the fuckin fury.

Edit: It sounds similar to the FRM100 acoustically. Also like the FRM100, it's quite light for a mahogany guitar, probably due to extensive chambering. Sound-wise it sounds good, but not quite like another semi-hollow mahogany guitar I have with air classics; I'm guessing the main differences are the pickup angle. If anyone cares I could upload some of my crappy playing with your favorite Kemper profile or GR5 preset.

Edit 2: I was going to complain that it sounds a bit too dark, but actually it looks like it has a typical Ibanez problem; a shitty volume pot that sucks out all the treble instantly if you just barely turn it (like, from 10 to 9). On full 10 it still has plenty of bite.

Edit 3: Played it for a few hours now and I'd say it fulfills it's purpose for me, that is, it sounds a lot like the FRM2, which I have coveted since first laying eyes upon it.
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I ordered one last week. I hope to have it in a few weeks.

This will be my first Fireman guitar. I am curious to see how it stacks up against my PGM's and Gibsons.

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I picked up my FRM 250 today. So I now have a Fireman to go with all my PGM's.

Its my first time playing a guitar with Dimarzio Air Classics, and Area 67 pickups. So far I like them quite a bit. The guitar sounds and plays great.

It is made in china, but I couldn't find any obvious flaws in the workmanship. It came set up nicely, and was very close to being in tune right out of the box. For the money I am pleased.

I'll post some pics later and more of my thoughts after I spend some more time playing it.

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