With my new guitar – an amazing Ibanez FRM25-MF – did begin a new stage for composition in April 2019. Last extensive series of instrumental compositions for guitar dates back over 20 years ago to 1999 with the recording of the Praeludien und Ricercare and other compositions for guitar.

New compositions and further information upcoming.

Guitar: The amazing shape of this model has been the very first genuin Ibanez shape, done by a japanese craftman in 1976. The model has been also a signature model, in the original Iceman and my »reversed« Fireman version. My enthusiasm for this guitar, particularly regarding the unique formal quality of the shape, refers basically to the japanese origin. Guess one can envision a relation to japanese sensibility for shape based on calligraphical practice.

The FRM25-MF features a flamed maple top with white binding on a chambered mahogany body mated to a set-in mahogany and maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with binding and dot position markers. Components include a Tune-o-matic style fixed bridge and tailpiece, Gotoh tuners, Graph Tech TUSQ man-made ivory nut and DiMarzio pickups mounted in a black pickguard with a pair of humbuckers flanking a single-coil, H-S-H configuration: DiMarzio® Air Classic ™ bridge and neck, DiMarzio® Area 67 ™ middle.

The Ibanez FRM25-MF is an anniversary model, referring to the 25 year colaboration with the guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert. Initially crafted – due to several online sources – in a limited edition of reportedly 15 instruments at Sugi custom, Japan. Sugi was founded in 2002 by Makoto »Nick« Sugimoto. Prior to founding Sugi, Sugimoto had worked for many years as head of R&D at FujiGen Gakki, the renowned guitar manufacturing company. Anyway, apart from the original development and manufacturing origins of the guitar, the model has been solely offered in 2014.

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