Marie Osmond Actually
Designed This Guitar.
She Is Incredibly Artistic, She Involved Herself
Fully In The Project From Beginning To End !!!
Mike Risinger Did All The Body Carving & Re-Carving &
Marilyn Simms (Left) Did All The Jewelling.
I Met With Marie Myself 7 or 8 Times During The Design
& Prototype Phases.
This Guitar Holds The Record
For Design Changes !!!!
Under The 3000 Swarovski Crystals The Body Has
Sawblade Battlescars & Many Spliced On Pieces
The Signature Marie "M Logo" Is Raised 1/4" And Is Covered
With Hematite Crystals
We Drove The Guys In The Shop Crazy But We Had A Lot Of Fun
During The Designing Process I Got To Know Marie Quite Well.
She Is A Wonderful & Caring Person, I Hope To Work With Her
Again On Her Next Guitar Project.
It Was A Real Privilege To Get To Know Donny & Marie I Can
Really See Why They Are Icons.
Currently Their Show Which Has Been Running In Vegas For 2
Years Is Packed Every Night.
The Show Is Currently The Best Musical Revue On The Strip,
I Really Recommend It !!!
I Don't Care If You Are A Metalhead Or A Rocker Or Just A
Budding Musician, You Will Like It !!
I Have Seen The Show 10 Times, I Think It Gets Better Every
Marie's Voice Is Amazing !!!!
I Have Taken A Number Of Doubters To This Show !
And They Always Leave Shaking Their Heads In Amazement !!!
Ed Roman Predicts, This Show Will Be Running For A Long Time
In Vegas !!!
Buck Dharma, Blue Oyster
If these guys come to your town make
absolutely certain you go see them
They are incredible !!!!!!!!!
with his LSR Custom before it was finished being built.
These photos were before we did the electronics.
Rick Derringer Rockin' American Album Cover
Rick is shown here holding his LSR Rick n'
Leslie West Album Cover
We Have Built Leslie West 7 or 8 Different Headless
Ed Roman Guitar Builder To The Stars With John Mayall
The Father Of British Blues This Headless Custom 12 string eventually went to Steve
I was still working for Steinberger when this photo was taken.
Custom Built For Randy
Pratt From "Cactus"
LSR Custom Bass With Korina Back & Figured Bubinga Top
Leslie has his
own model, This one is actually an exact
copy of the first one that we built for Eddie Van Halen.
Eddie's model is Amber and is serial # 002
Leslie uses this one as much as he uses his own model. He
also has a Blue one & a Black one.
"Eddie Van Halen endorses Charvel Guitars"
So I cannot use his picture on my website
Choice of Graphite Neck or Wooden Neck
Wooden Necks come in Solid Rosewood, Maple, Macassar Ebony, Koa, Mahogany &
Leslie Richie & Corky
Nantucket Sleigh Ride Video
Leslie Using His LSR EB-1
Leslie Has Quite A Few Different LSR Guitars
Different Guitars, Different Pickups & Different woods.
The Man, The Myth, The Legend
Built For Leslie West In 2001
100% hand made in USA. Graphite Neck, Duncan Pickups Top Quality
Available in many colors !!!!
is the latest Leslie West model, Leslie calls it the Rocket !!!!
It is very light and easy to play
Paul Harvel with one of the original Edbergers from 1997
When we made the original run of LSR guitars we made them very fancy.
Heavily Quilted, Wild Paint, Fancy Inlays, etc etc.
This one was made from solid Korina and was built to a very tasteful
Hughie has a Fender Endorsement but he is using his Pearlcasters
most of the time !!!!
Hughle Thomasson Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws with one of his black
Original Founding Member of Kansas
With his Ed Roman "Pearlcaster"
Meatloaf Live, with an Ed Roman Pearlcaster
Hughie Thomasson of "The Outlaws" & "Lynyrd Skynyrd"
with his Pearlcaster.
Hughie stopped by to pick up one of his two custom made Pearlcaster's.
Both of these guitars looked alike except we used two completely different necks
on each one.
He was originally going to set up one as a slide guitar but he never did.
Paul Crook Of Meatloaf
With His Ed Roman Pearlcaster
Lenny Hayden With A Guitar I Built For Him in The Late 80's
This was even before we called them Pearlcasters.
Brads red Fender guitar has a very rare original Floyd with no fine
tuners. It has a special wireless unit routed under the
pick guard with the antenna wire routed in the back of the body.
The on/off switch is a real air craft switch located on a flat plate
with an led light were the out put jack normally is. the output jack has
been relocated on the side of the body. The neck is a specially made
slightly fat on the back side per Brad's instructions.
Brad has 3 custom wound Seymour Duncan pickups, He has a mini
switch between the volume and 5 way switch actually splits the bridge
He has played this guitar since the original Nightranger train
ride, and it appears that this guitar is ready for that grave yard in
Ed Roman is currently building him a one of a kind Pearlcaster with a
beautiful Hawaiian ice blue quilt top Brad has chosen our standard system of
3 lil Seymour Humbuckers which will be coil tapped.
Brad has specified another original Floyd Rose tremolo
with no fine tuners.
As usual he requires a built in camouflaged wireless unit installed
better than the last one, same air craft switch w/led. out put jack moved to
the side and a birds eye maple neck with an ebony fret board
Ed Roman is proud to welcome Brad Gillis to the growing number of
professionals who are currently playing Ed Roman Pearlcaster Guitars.
Dean Restum & Ed Roman
Dean has one of the very first Pearlcaster's serial #002
Dean is the featured guitarist with The legendary Eric Burdon & The Animals
for 13 years
An amazing player in an amazing show.
Joe Gareri Vibe Tribe
Built Back In 1989
It was great talking to you last week. I was hoping Iíd get to see
you when I stopped by the store but no such luck. Iím going back
out to Vegas in October so hopefully I can hook up with you then.
The store and the website absolutely blew me away! Youíre still the
man bro! The custom guitars are awesome!
I still love my Roman custom guitars and theyíre the only guitars I
play to this day.
Iím playing in a corporate band called Downstream Signal. We
play at corporate functions at some pretty cool places throughout
the country. Weíll be playing at the Venetian Hotel in
October. Here are some pictures from a recent gig in Arizona
where we opened up for The Goo Goo Dolls. As you can see, I
look a lot different than I did back in 89,
but one thing that hasnít changed is that Iím still playing my Ed
Roman ďLeftyĒ guitars!
Stay in touch Ed. I really hope I get to see you in October.
Iíll send you an e-mail when I get the exact dates but right now it
looks like Iíll be out there the first week in October.
The M'Coys, Hang on Sloopy age 14. Played with Johnny Winter & Edgar Winter,
Produced Cindy Lauper, Weird Al, Played on numerous Studio Sessions, Rock & Roll
Guitarist, Producer, Writer, Performer
Currently I am building Rick Derringer a special headless
Leslie West, one of my favorite guitarists ever.
Leslie only uses his Pearlcasters on one or two songs.
I have seen him use it on "Theme from an Imaginary Western" several
Usually he prefers the
LSR WB-1 or EB-1 that I built him in
Rundgren/Utopia fans know Kasim Sulton for his bass, guitar, piano,
and singing skills on albums from "Ra" through "Redux '92: Live In
Japan." He has been very busy since those days. Somewhat overlapping
the latter Utopia years and continuing into the present,
Kasim has played on albums and/or toured with
Todd Rundgren, Cheap Trick, The Indigo Girls, Patti Smith, and Hall
& Oates, as well as extensive work with Joan Jett and Meat Loaf.
Recently, Kasim was the bass player on Todd
Rundgren's power trio tour in support of Todd's album "One Long
Kasim is an accomplished singer performer and all around musician
in his own right. We were very pleased and honored that he
came to us to have a Pearlcaster made.
We also felt very honored because Kasim could very easily have
gotten 2 or 3 free Fenders just by calling and asking for them.
For 35 years singer / songwriter Kasim Sulton
has worked with artists as diverse as Todd Rundgren, The New Cars, Meat Loaf,
Joan Jett, Utopia, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi and Hall & Oates, plus he played a
series of appearances in the musical Movin' Out on Broadway as well as having
his own solo career.
In 2006 Kasim toured as part of The New Cars on The Road Rage Tour.
years ago he toured the US and Europe with Meat Loaf to promote
his latest album Bat Out Of Hell III from February until the tour
was cut short in October due to Meat Loaf developing a cyst on a
Kasim's own CD, Quid Pro Quo, was
released in 2002 on Sphere Sound Records and won the 2003
Kweevak.com 2003 People's Choice Award. To the delight of his fans,
Kasim released a compilation solo album called All Sides in
March'07! Kasim played 3 solo gigs last summer plus he played more
in March this year.
Kasim has just completed touring
the both Japan and US as part of Todd Rundgren's following
successful tours of the West Coast in September and the East Coast
in December. In the early summer Kasim will be with Meat Loaf in
Europe. Kasim has booked a solo gig in Woodstock, NY on 17th May and
another in Boston on 27th May.
Kasim Sulton another satisfied Ed
Roman Guitars customer !!!.
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for my recent
Pearlcaster purchase. I have only had it for a few days and it has already
exceeded my expectations! I have owned a couple of Fenders in the past and I
got rid of both of them. They just were not all that great. But my
Pearlcaster is a keeper!
The fit and finish is excellent. Jeff Terwilliger's Caribbean
Burst Finish is nothing short of a work of art. The bird's eye maple neck
and fretboard are also eye catchers. I have left it sitting in a stand
several times so that I could sit and look at all the cosmetic touches. Wow!
But let's not forget the most important part: How does it play
and sound? "Wow" again. I was thinking about switching to mini humbuckers
until I heard the Duncan single coils; I'm glad I stuck with the single
coils. My Pearlcaster has, by far, the broadest tonal palate of any of the
guitars I own. Regardless of which position the 5 way blade is in, or where
the volume and tone knobs are; the tonal palate stays extremely well
balanced. I have read a few reviews online of Pearlcasters. They alleged
that Pearlcasters had a thin sound and fell short of the classic
Stratocaster sound. Well, there is nothing thin about sound of my
Pearlcaster! It certainly does not fall short of the Strat sound; it meets
and exceeds what a Fender is capable of delivering. I would describe a
Pearlcaster as a 'Stratocaster on Steroids'!! (And that's without active
circuitry.) Your method of direct coupling the neck to body makes a huge
difference. Your bolt on neck method is probably much of the reason
Pearlcasters sound the way they do.
The Pearlcaster's playability is fantastic! The action is
light, quick and responsive. The worth or value of the raw, 2200g neck
cannot be overstated. One really needs to play a guitar with one of your
custom necks to fully appreciate the difference between your necks and the
cookie cutter necks on most other guitars. The fretboard is also excellent.
All things considered, my Pearlcaster has quickest action of any guitar I
own. (I think it has improved my playing. It has definitely has made me
faster guitar player.)
I really enjoyed my tour of your facility on my recent visit to
Las Vegas. After seeing your small, private showroom Guitar Center and other
Music stores are laughable! (The small office downstairs has more variety in
stock than Guitar Center.) I would also like to thank Bob for showing me how
to fine tune the setup on my guitar (learning how to fine finish fretwires
was invaluable). Yeah, yeah, yeah. They're supposed come that way! My guitar
was not completely set up and I like to do my own work as much as I can. The
result being: A custom fit!
E. Richard Bowen
"Kool & The Gang" "RIP"
One of the founding members
Charles wrote most of the bands hits.
I appreciate you must get a zillion emails a day so don't
concern yourself to reply but I felt I must drop you a quick
note about your guitars.
I became aware of your website/store a
couple of years ago and found your views on guitars very
interesting and entertaining (i love the rants!) and decided
one day I must get one of your guitars.
However, I live in England and have had no opportunity to
visit Vegas and I didn't fancy just ordering one over the
phone, spending a load of money and crossing my fingers to
see what the hell arrived (especially as a number of other
websites are quite critical of your guitars).
Anyway... I occasionally look on evil bay on the off
chance a Quicksilver or Pearlcaster might turn up at a price
worth 'taking a risk' and a few weeks ago one did.
I am the proud owner of a lovely Pearlcaster (Serial #
What a great piece!
It looks gorgeous, it's a pleasure to play and it sounds
I am really blown away by how versatile it is, the
different sounds you can get from this beast with the
different pickup combinations are awesome.
I have a pile of 'quality' guitars but this is now my
weapon of choice. In the past I'd switch between different
guitars on stage to get the sounds I wanted, now I can get
everything out of this one guitar.
On the strength of this, when I get some spare cash I
will be seriously thinking about getting a Quicksilver to
Thanks for making a great guitar!
First off I would like to say that I have purchased two Pearlcasters from
you in the past months.... One from John and the other from Scott.
Both had Buzz Feiten setups and Duncan Vintage Rails, both sound and play just
absolutely amazing! The second purchase I made was for a good friend of
mine, Jerry Jennings, who has been playing for 35 years. He is extremely picky
and often disappointed with the guitars he checks out. Recently he was
giving serious consideration to an Anderson guitar he checked out.
However, when he played my Pearlcaster he fell in love with it, much more so
than the Anderson. Subsequently, I purchased one for him and he is loving
it! Thank you for your tenaciousness and your drive to make a great
guitar. The industry giants may not like you, but there are plenty of us
out here in the real world who are playing and loving your guitars. Thanks
Now, onto the question of the day....
I have a PRS Custom 24 with a 5 position rotary switch that I am
considering sending to your shop for some modifications. The modifications
I am considering are as follows:
Buzz Feiten Set Up
Swap out for Seymour Duncan Black Backs that you are using in your
Swap out for Push/Pull Pots and the 3 way toggle that you are using in
I guess I should ask this question first; Is it possible to change out the
5 way rotary for the 3 way toggle with the way the holes are drilled and the
contour of the body? Depending on the cost, maybe I should just trade it
in for one of your Quicksilver's?? The PRS is basically a never played
guitar, so I don't know what it would be worth to you?
Your thoughts and recommendations are sincerely appreciated.
Kind Regards, Mark A. Koher, Controller
Midstate Specialties, Inc.
Thank you so much for guiding me to the Pearlcaster I
purchased. While I was caught up in the 50th anniversary hype of the
Stratocaster, I was convinced that if I purchased one, it must be a better
version. And thanks to you, I know own one. Please also pass along my thanks
and appreciation to the young luthier that crafted this phenomenal
instrument. He's really gifted and has truly crafted a masterpiece. I'm
stilled amazed by the Titan neck and am so glad Ed Roman Guitars is
promoting the value that this luthiery represents. I am also proud to say
that thanks to Ed Roman Guitars, I now own several masterpieces, and that
while I feel they're worth every penny, my Pearlcaster and Quicksilver are
at the top of my list in the value for money category.
In closing, it's reassuring that this luthiery talent
continues to develop and that Ed Roman recognizes this and helps it
flourish. I can occasionally be swayed by a pretty website picture, but when
I try to dig deeper and understand what makes the guitar better, I come up
empty. Ed Roman makes it very tough on the competition because you've lifted
the veil. I owe you a great deal of thanks and appreciate Ed Roman's
commitment to offer facts and details that educates the buyer and helps us
discriminate the wheat from the chaff.
Ed Roman has built many custom guitars for numerous other
Many of them are bound by contracts to say they play other brands.
Music Industry Veteran Pro
Owned Many Different Guitars
Main Guitar For Stage Use An Ed Roman
Veteran Hired Gun With
Major Recording Acts
Jamie did 11 world tours
with Dion over a 10 year period, He plays
Bass, Keyboards, Saxophone & More.
I met him at one of the Dion Shows
Dion is also a really great guitarist, which
I had not been expecting !!!!
Jamie was Little Eva's musical director, He
has played world tours with the Temptations,
The Four Tops, The Everly Brothers, Jerry
Lee Lewis. Little Richard
3 Dog Night, Bob Seger, & too many more for
me to remember.
He is a consummate pro and I am proud that
he plays an Ed Roman Baker B-1
I just wanted to drop you a
quick note to let you know how
much I'm enjoying the beautiful
Baker guitar that I bought from
you last month. Although I've
been a long-time fan of guitar
music, I am just a novice
student who has decided to try
his hand as a retirement
project. My new guitar is a
pleasure to look at, listen to,
and handle, so I guess it's no
surprise that I look forward to
picking it up each day for
practice. Even if my late start
(and modest native ability) mean
that I never quite master the
instrument in the way that my
favorite players have, I am
having a blast trying to get
PS I don't know how you feel
about karma, but check this out:
My recently increased interest
in the electric guitar came
about partly as a result of some
research I've been doing for a
novel that I'm working on. One
of my characters is (not so)
loosely based on Lindsey
Buckingham (one of the
players"). At one point, my
story calls for this character
to lose a rare, irreplaceable
guitar in a fire. Needing some
info on such an instrument, I
thought I'd try your web site. I
clicked on the "obscure
manufacturer" tab, and up pops a
photo of you and Lindsey
Buckingham! I guess it was meant
Pete Kuperschmid on
Quicksilver Custom Omega Body
Industry Pro World Class Recording Studio
Joan Jett's Producer
His Wife Kim on Baker Bushwacker
Pete & Kim have
purchased more than 10 guitars from Ed Roman