Re: New Fireman on last PG album...
I love the look of the Fireman! I was so disappointed when the price was announced. (I haven't predicted Ibanez prices well-- when the RG20th was in pre-release, full specualtion mode, I thought it would be more expensive than it was. So I own an anniversary RG550 but not a Fireman.)
The thick neck/thick neck joint don't bother me. I have a Les Paul and an RG. Both sound great, just different.
If Ibanez put out a MIJ Fireman with decent specs, at a price point close to the PGM401 (~$2000-2200), it would instantly become my next target, must-save-money-to-buy guitar.