Ibanez’s PGMFRM1 Paul Gilbert “Fireman” is, perhaps, the prodigy to the famous Ibanez Iceman. Like the Iceman guitar, the Fireman has the signature horn, however, the horn is on top instead of the bottom. The Fireman is korina wood instead of the mahogany wood for the body, and single coils pickups instead of humbuckers.
“The Ibanez Fireman has been my vehicle for single coil pickup experiments,” commented the expert guitarist. “Ibanez did a beautiful job of building this guitar, and I have really fallen in love with the look, sound, and feel of it. At first, I called it the “Reverse Iceman, but a fan wrote to me and suggested the “Ibanez Fireman,” and since fire is the opposite of ice, that’s what we ended up calling it.”
What’s more, each Fireman limited edition guitar includes a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Paul Gilbert himself, and a care package of prestige gear also used and endorsed by Gilbert, which includes: EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones by Direct Sound Headphones, LLC, a Fireman Special strap by Hippie Strap, a BC 30′ Coil Cable by Core One Creative, Inc., and more. As with all Ibanez Japanese-made artist signature instruments, handcrafted and prestige reissues, the Fireman includes a hardshell case, designed to fit the guitar‘s extraordinary shape.
The Fireman, which bestow extensive handcrafted work, is made by the expert builders of Ibanez, the same luthiers who crafted the limited edition Bob Weir, Artist AR5000RE, and Artwood Double Neck reissues by Ibanez, as well as the 30th Anniversary Musician Commemorative Bass (which was unveiled along with the Fireman at the 2009 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim). Only 45 Paul Gilbert Fireman guitars will be available worldwide.
History of Paul Gilbert
One of the most skilled musicians in the art of instrumental rock guitar, Paul Gilbert is not only one of the fastest on the fingerboard, but one of the most musical. Gilbert’s impressive career includes Racer X, Mr. Big, his own solo works as well as teaching in both the United States and Japan (where Paul enjoys considerable praise and popularity). While his 2009 PGM20TH Twentieth Anniversary, Fireman, and PGM401 signature models all celebrate the 20 years since the debut of his signature legendary PGM model, his relationship with Ibanez is actually quite a few years long, which includes his stellar performance at the Ibanez GuitarMania concert at the 1987 Summer NAMM Show, considered to be the “rebirth” of Ibanez with its new roster of maestro guitarists. In addition, Paul Gilbert is both an in-demand practitioner for Ibanez and arguably the most famous collector of vintage Ibanez guitars in the world.
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