I mean I cannot even express how unbelievable this guitar sounds and plays. I recieved it yesterday. The sustain on this thing is beyond rediculous. Are you sure there isn't a preamp if there is let me know so I at least know to change the battery. I have an Eric Clapton Strat and this guy blows it away on sound and playability all day long. The paint job I love it. The neck is worth every penny with the upgrade. How awesome is this headstock. I have played good looking guitars but this plays actually better than its overall beautiful appearance. Use me as a reference please. Lastly I cannot express the gratitude I have for your professionalism. We had a problem with the truss rod and I am the one who tried to force it. However you went above and beyond making it right.
Back in Spain, landed a few hours ago.
First of all, thanks for the royal treatment and the sound advice on the whole process of ordering my custom guitar. As an international business strategy consultant I appreciate professional business engagement and I can tell you, you have been behaving nothing short of amazing the whole time.
Maybe someone could perceive gruffness where I just perceive a no-nonsense approach and an utmost respect to serious players and collectors. You can make my words public, I think your degree of service is sadly a lost art.
Just wanted to check if the whole wire transfers were in order and if everything is on place. I would appreciate if the process is going to take some time, some pictures being taken of the process in order to appreciate the subtleties of how everything was done.
Best and thanks again,
Javier G. Recuenco
Quicksilver Diamond Plate Guitar
By Ed Roman
I've realized I've been a viewer of your website off and on for a number of years. I finally felt intrigued to write you directly and express my gratitude for your insight of the guitar & music industry. I've been a player for 25 years now (I'm 35) and have had my fair share of gear over the years. My primary focus was usually on playing and was never too up to date on guitar building or tone woods. After reading much of your rants & comparisons, I've really taken a closer look at my guitars. Yes Sir! You are correct, the big boys can certainly do way better in their production of what they call "top of the line models" especially for what they are charging. I never really knew all of the tonal issues between bolt-on, set-neck & neck-thru guitars. Never knew anything about the difference between spring loaded pickups or those set to the body directly. So thank you Ed for the great information, your Quicksilver & Centurion lines look fantastic. I hope to save my pennies for one. Best wishes to you and your staff.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
|Ever since I stumbled onto your site, especially the rants
section, I have found myself putting your deprogramming lessons into
practice with everything I see (not just with guitars). I feel like
you have taught me a lot of things that should have been included in
my college education that came to a close this past May.
I have been slowly purchasing parts over the past few months as I can afford them (student loans are real F**kers). But once I am down to the needs of a body blank and basic electronics, (and someone to build it) I will be giving you a call to come out and look at some wood for a neck, body, and finger board (that Kokarado [Laotian Striped] looks awesome, but how does it sound?), and pick an Abstract body style.
I know you are not too keen about people rattling on about there dream guitar after implying that wont be buying soon, but I already purchased a Hamer sustainer bridge from you and hope to buy form you again soon.
Letter From Chris
Well Ed, I've been playing the
almost non-stop for about 48 hours now and it's still hard to put
down. I think you may have outdone yourself this time. I understand
now why you're so crazy about Macassar Ebony as a neck wood. It
feels as solid as granite and the sustain is unreal. It just keeps
When I put the palm of my left hand on the neck of one of your
guitars and feel the natural finish of a 1500G neck treatment, it's
like taking that first breath of oxygen after having been underwater
for days. Keep up the good work and I'm sure it won't be too long
before you hear from me again.
| Thanks, Ed.
They did a nice job and I love my new guitar!!!
Your organization is excellent and I thank you for a beautiful product.
Corky Laing, Leslie West, Richie Scarlet
Letter From TED NUGENT
Killer shit sir! My fave is the 1 on the 2nd link, 1st guitar pic, beauty made by you in 2005. How bout we go with that, but more body shape like the 1 u made me with derringer in back, & lets put another derringer in this 1!!
YIKES you sure make phenomenal lookin guitars sir! SALUTE!
Thanks for the email....my lefty Quicksilver is the talk of the town. Here's a picture of it when I appeared on stage at Cruefest this past August with Motley Cure and Godsmack. So....what do you have lefty that's on sale??? I may be interested in adding to my collection
Steve Lane Of Effigy (Photo At Crue-Fest)
Quicksilver's are popping up quite a bit on stage
I have been a reader of you website for almost eight years. I admire your opinions on the internet, and I wish you continue to speak of what you believe in. Everyone has their opinions -- you are just more verbose about them. It's a pity many people disagree with you. Your points are argued with solid facts and experiences, and yet, people still won't escape their delusional fantasy and admit to valid (and highly important) critiques you you present the world -- which would otherwise never be heard.
It's sad that collective hate is such a high motivator in today's society. Keep up the good work and promoting you knowledge -- the public needs it.
Just got the
Rockingbird. It exceeded my
highest expectations. It's Beautiful
I was a little apprehensive at first because of some bullshit I read on the internet but I think they are just a bunch of jealous competitors because the quality of this guitar is stellar.
I have owned over 50 guitars and this one is as good as I have ever owned, The neck is slimmer and faster than my Jackson
I realize you are busy, So I won't keep yappin' about this, but I just had to thank you for fulfilling my dream of having the worlds best guitar.
Take care, I will be ordering another one with a maple matching neck and no trem !!!!
Thanks for taking the time to field my numerous questions and supply
me with solid answers. Despite what I'm sure is a busy schedule you
took great care and time to insure I would make an informed purchase
in the future. From my perspective that saves me money and
guarantees I will get the most for my hard-earned dollars. I look
forward to doing business with you.
Donny Osmond &
Currently The Donny & Marie Show Is Probably The Best All Around
Show In Vegas.
|Hello Scott & Ed
The Quicksilver #1661 came in this morning and I wanted to write you and tell you how incredibly happy I am with it.
First of all, I didn't go to work today I stayed home to play with my new toy.
When I pulled it out of the case I was so excited and anxious to
play it, I clumsily dropped it and it hit the floor making a
horrible sound. I got panicked and immediately took it to my local
guitar tech at Stanton Music.
They had advised me against buying the guitar in the first place, they ate crow that day let me tell you.
I played the guitar into the night and you were right about the finger fatigue, usually my hands hurt if I play that much. With this guitar I felt as if I could play all night..
Thanks again for being so patient with me on the phone, I almost
PRS now that I have played them both I am incredibly happy
that I made the decision to buy The
Thanx so very very much
Audie Murphy Jr.
Leslie West "Mountain" West Bruce Laing With Ed Roman Quicksilver
|I just picked up my guitar last night from UPS, and all I can
say is it's gorgeous! The inlays surpassed my expectations and are
the perfect finishing touch. The blue top finish is breathtaking. I
haven't plugged it in yet because I didn't want to disturb my
neighbors and I didn't trust myself to keep it at a reasonable
volume, but playing it unplugged it fits perfectly in my hands and
against my body.
The one and only problem I have is that the toggle switch looks to be broken. it switches from one pickup to the other, but it wiggles loosely in it's socket. To explain the problem: at the base of the stem that sits in the body of the guitar there are two side pins that allow the switch to pivot. One of the pivot pin sides looks like it isn't held in place, and no amount of finagling will "click" it back into a place where it no longer moves only the way it should. So, it is operational, but not ideal.
Thanks again for the incredible guitar, and sorry to dampen the lauds with a complaint.
I am otherwise incredibly happy with this guitar - Jeff you do amazing work, and Ed - you sure know how to pick 'em
Keith Urban With His Quicksilver
|Jim Hetzer to me
show details Oct 14 (2 days ago)
I've been a custom electric guitar builder for the last 10 years. I am now getting ready to leave my day job and do it professionally. I just wanted to tell you, that I consider your site and company the only current creative guitar mfg out there right now. You are taking your time to help a very small group of consumers. And we are very thankful for all your company has done.
Quicksilver guitar is even better than my
Centurion and it cost $4,000.00 less, I know, I know that's what you
said !! Frankly I wasn't sure I believed you when you told me
it was a better player and it sounded more versatile. How come
it's so much less money? I thought I loved the Centurion and I
probably still do but $4,000.00 cheaper is a lot of money.
There should be no surprise here !!!
I told you when you ordered the Centurion that it was my
flagship model and I also told you that your money would have been
better spent on the
The same is true for
Gibson has sadly discontinued their lower cost Les Paul Junior the closest thing to it I have seen is the RVC Mojoman or Woodstock Model... It does cost more than the Gibson but it's handmade from 200 year old mahogany or Korina (Click Here To See Them)
Making bold statements like that are why I get criticized on the web over and over!!!!
I want to clarify that this is not just a matter of my opinion, I will gladly sit down for 10 minutes with any reasonably intelligent person and show them why I say what I say. Every time I actually do sit down with a doubting Thomas they generally get real quiet towards the end of the conversation. I can make you a believer but you have to open your ears and your mind. Hard to do in this brainwashed society.
Everyone today knows that the Japanese guitars that
in the 90's were better than the
American Standards, Deluxe Plus's
etc and the were less than 1/3 the price.
Fender actually stopped
importing Japanese guitars & went to Mexico because the $289.00
Japanese guitars were starting to cut into their main cash cow the
American Standard. The quality difference was astounding !!!!
When I worked for Gibson the Motto & Slogan was. "If we charge the most people will assume we are the best."
If this wasn't 100% true I could be sued out of business for writing it here!!!!!
Hey this is becoming dangerously close to becoming a full fledged rant!!!!!!
Oh well I'll put it on the rant page when I get the time.
Thanks for the advice on the
Black/Back Pickups, I always liked
Seymour Duncans, You were
right on target. These pickups are really monsters. I installed them
exactly the way you explained to me and I must say I was really
happy with the flexibility of the tonal range. Will they make
my SG sound better also, I use it as my spare guitar but lately I
have been thinking about getting another
Quicksilver as my backup
I had a chip taken out of the horn of my
Mockingbird when it
was shipped back to me UPS from your shop after doing a fret-job
late '90s. You took care of everything and said up front your goal
was to get UPS to pay for the guitar and let me keep it. That's
exactly what happened. I took the chip and super-glued it back in
"Scott Ian With Pearl"
Hey Ed, & Tommy.
The pickups on the guitar are just as elegant as the guitar itself and play absolutely amazing. Also want to thank you for the extra strap that you sent with the case.
My only problem I have is the volume and tone knobs are a little loose and I am not sure what the purpose of the push pull pots are for. Can you give me a bit of advice on how I can tighten the volume and tone knobs and what is the purpose of the push pull.
My expectations were blown away I was expecting something similar to a PRS but nothing compares to the Quicksilver. I am planning on trading my current Crate stack and PRS For a more toneful amp such as a Marshall Tube, Mesa or a Peavey so I can hear the true beauty and tone of this guitar.
Hello Mr. Roman,
I am going to come into some money soon and I am GREATLY looking forward to coming to your shop and spending as much as possible. I will call ahead as I am hoping to have a conversation with you although I am willing to bet that all of your staff share your vision.
My uncle in law purchased one of your
guitars (sorry, I cannot remember the model) and I thought it was
VERY well made and had great tone and feel to it. I work as a
substance abuse clinician and I am well aware of the unpopularity
that comes from telling people the truth. I have never met you but I
TRUST you when it comes to guitar information. I recently went to
Guitar Center as one of the employee\'s had asked me to bring in my
guitar. He asked me to try out a new
PRS DGT model. I tried it, it
was o.k. but in my judgment not even in the same orbit as my CE.
On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 8:57 PM, J.Grant wrote:
I'm so freaking pissed off...I'm kicking myself for not letting
your shop finish my guitar...and letting this asshole at XXX XXXXXX
XXXXX finish it...Can you help me get my guitar back...finished! (or
unfinished with all my money back - including shipping?) I shouldn't
have to wait this long for a simple trans blue with a poly coat...or
whatever he uses! I even sanded the old finish off...all he had to
do was some minor sanding, and slap some paint and its all
good...maybe 3 months tops!!!
I just had to write another E. Mail about my Two Quicksilver Guitars I bought from you. As you know I was ALWAYS a Gibson Guitar Lover from the time I was Nine Years old until 2002 when I first walked into your old store with my wife to see what Ed Roman Guitars was truly all about. I had found your web site about 9 months before getting off my Butt and going down to see the REAL DEAL in person. I also had a 1972 Gold top Gibson Les Paul Deluxe which I Toured with and used as my Main Guitar for 12 years. Warming up just about every Classic Rock Band there is I had a FULL Plate at that time and didn't have time to even THINK about buying a REAL Guitar like the 2 Quicksilver's I have now. But after reading just about everything on your Web Site, before going down to the store and meeting you in person which I finally got around to back in 2002 was one of the smartest things I've ever done in the 41 years I've been playing Guitar.
I had called and made an appointment with you so you could look over my
72 Les Paul Deluxe and see if you could get it back the way it was when I
first bought it when I was 12 years old. Well, again that was one of the
Smartest Things I've done in the 41 years I'm Playing. Meeting you for the
first time and just listening to the knowledge you have about Guitars &
anything with strings on it just blew me away.
The first time I walked into your showroom I practically got knocked
down when I saw the Spalted Maple
Quicksilver hanging in the showroom. I
remember walking in with my wife holding my Les Paul and before meeting you
I was drawn to that Guitar. My wife just looked at me and said Oh No. You
LOVE that Guitar and you haven't even touched it yet. She saw the look in my
eye. And since we've been married 29 years she happens to know me all to
So about 3 weeks ago I was in to get the Certificates Of Authenticity for my 2 Quicksilver's and I saw the Zebrano Quicksilver with the Korina Back and it was like when I saw the Spalted Maple one. I immediately fell in love with it AGAIN. I don't know if I'll be buying that Quicksilver because I'm thinking of checking out your Single Cutaway Maximus and having my Dream Guitar built by you. But I have to say, in the 5 years I've had my two Quicksilver's I'm no longer a Gibson Guitarist. My Spalted Maple Quicksilver and my Bocote Quicksilver with the Mahogany Back are STILL my two Main Guitars. I don't even use ANY of my Gibson's anymore. They just hang in my Guitar Museum that I created when my Son moved out of our home. I'm really starting to think of selling off the Gibson's EXCEPT the 72 and getting rid of the Gibson Wall Of Paul's I have and replacing them with Ed Romans Custom Hand Built Guitars. I'm also thinking about getting myself one of your Centurion Guitars also. And you happen to have a Zebrano Topped Quicksilver Body in the Body Gallery that I'm thinking of buying to. That will make 3 Quicksilver's and who knows what else I'll be buying from you. All I know is ALL your Custom Built Guitars just keep getting better and better. Your knowledge in hand building Guitars is incredible and every time you develop a new model they just keep getting better and better in more ways then one. I'm very proud to know you and feel lucky to have you to work on my Guitars and every time I bring one in for whatever when I get it back it's always better then before I brought it in. Any Guitar players out there that don't know you should make it there business to meet you and have you do the work on there Guitars. As far as I'm concerned, in the 41 years I've been playing your the best in the business that I've ever met. They just don't come any better. Oh. There's one more thing. When I came in for the Certificates for the Quicksilver's they took some pictures of the both of them. When are you going to post them in the Quicksilver Gallery????? Please get them on there. Thanks Ed. If the pictures got lost or something let me know. I'll bring them back in for another photo shoot. But PLEASE get them posted. Thanks again for everything Ed. I'll be in this week sometime to discuss the Maximus with you and some other things I have on my mind. See you very soon my good friend. Stay well and keep building them better. Your the BEST.
Charlie DiBuduo Jr.
I would just like to thank you for all the rants about guitars that have been quite informative. I just wish that more people could know about you and the wisdom that you give to help people. Unfortunately, if you look at most guitar forums (i.e. ultimate-guitar.com) you can see all the internet morons who trash certain brands and praise the usual suspects.
I think that the worst thing I ever saw was when a poster said that people only buy B.C. Rich's because they are preppies who want to look cool. Of course this same poster talked about how he was getting a Gibson Les Paul from his mom, who's the preppie here? buy B.C. Rich's because they look cool, there's nothing wrong with that at all. I think that the price for B.C Rich's is definitely not in the preppie range. I buy them because they are a good guitar for a good price. I shall not spend the big price on a Gibson when I could buy a B.C. Rich for much less, that is just as good (if not better) than them. There is so much blind hatred for B.C. Rich, it makes me ill.
I wish that these people could come to your site and read about this great guitar company. Your story about the man who came to your shop and saw a B.C. Rich and fell in love with it, only to be turned off when he learned who made it, illustrates perfectly the ignorance people have when it comes to them. If you can you must write more about these guitar snobs.
I thank you for your site. I have to say that your rants changed
my life, I really mean it.
I would like to thank you for opening my mind. I was one of those guys that if I saw a band in a club, concert, DVD, etc. and the guitar player's axe didn't have Gibson or Fender on the head stock I would be disappointed. I'd feel the band wasn't as good, or should be put on a lower level. Then I found your web sight. Reading what you had to say about guitars, the exotic woods, beautiful finishes etc. totally changed my mind. So much so I decided to build guitars. I'm sending you photos of my very first one. It's a neck through using Honduras mahogany. Zebra wood for the body that I re sawed so the grain on front matches the back, with mahogany sandwiched in between. Birds eye maple for fret board with flamed maple binding. I cut, radiused, slotted, fretted and inlayed the fret board all myself. I also inlaid the control knobs for extra effect. But the thing I'm proud of most is the finish. It is French Polished. I did the whole finish by hand, no spray guns or electric buffers. Yes, no electric buffing pads were harmed in the making of this guitar. So again I would like to say thanks and express my gratitude to you for opening my mind. Having said that, do you need any help in your shop?
P. S. Is that sucking up or what?
Dear Mr. Roman:
Please permit me this opportunity to commend to your attention several of your employees have proven to be the most courteous and helpful.
Principally I wish to thank Scott Krell for his many long suffering ministrations on my behalf. Scott has been of the greatest assistance in acquiring two guitars, several amplifiers and a myriad of miscellaneous paraphernalia and parts.
I would also like to thank Your shop for refinishing my 1963 Jazzmaster...a work in progress that I have every confidence will prove a fitting tribute to this fine old instrument that has served me for the past forty four years.
To Joseph in parts and Brian and Bobby in shipping, I extend my grateful appreciation for their attention to my many a variegated shipments over the past several months; all of which have arrived in a timely manner and in good shape.
My commendation is likewise extended to Eve, Jessica and Lindsey who are always most pleasant and never fail to locate and connect me with the individual with whom I need to confer.
The above employees, and many that I may have inadvertently neglected to mention, have been among the most courteous and helpful individuals with whom I have had a pleasure to do business. They are a credit to your enterprise.
Finally may I compliment you personally on the finest store, the most comprehensive inventory of products ad the most helpful staff that I have ever encountered, anywhere!
Magnificent!!! That's all I can say for my Centurion, The action, feel & playability are exactly what I wanted.... I now see the value in ordering exactly what I wanted. I'm sorry for driving you crazy on the phone!!! I would have been more patient if I knew that the guitar was going to be this good. Thanks a lot, My next one is going to be a Redwood Quicksilver, I love the sound of the Sequoia !!!
No need to reply ... just wanted to pass along my compliments to you and your excellent operation. It's really wonderful to see someone supporting small and "obscure" guitar makers. And anyone who sells Burns guitars is cool in my book. If I get an extra $600 to "burn" (sorry, couldn't resist), I'm going to you for my Bison model.
Keep up the great work!
I just want to send you a quick note to say thank you for all your help and that the solid white korina Quicksilver (w/ fretboard dots, tung oil finish) I received on Thursday (5/13) is fantastic! I couldn't be happier or more satisfied with it. It plays great and looks beautiful. I know that you were concerned with the imperfections (smudges) on the wood that were brought out by the tung oil finishing process but I think it looks great. Gives it character. I can't say that it exceeded my expectations though. That's because I had such high expectations from this guitar in the first place and it did not let me down. Even my band mates could tell the difference between the Quicksilver and my Gibson CS-336. I wasn't all that satisfied with the quality and sound of Gibson and I knew there had to be something better out there so I'm glad I took a chance on the Quicksilver.
Thanks again Ed for such a fabulous guitar and thank everyone involved in
it's creation for me too.
My Quicksilver Guitar was just delivered. To say I am totally blown away would be an understatement. The wood, finish, frets, and neck are flawless. The guitar is just beautiful. Right out of the box the setup was perfect. No buzzing or dead spots.
As you may remember, I came into the showroom to purchase another PRS. I spoke to Ed and told him I had a 1993 Custom 24 and was looking for another one. We talked about the PRS for a little while and then he showed me a Quicksilver. I read all about the Quicksilver on the website and was not convinced that any other guitar was going to have the tone or playability of my PRS. Especially a guitar without a set-in neck. I played a Quicksilver in the practice room, and I was very impressed. I ordered a Quicksilver the same day.
And now for the meat-and-potatoes. Any other guitar I purchased, even another PRS, was going to be a backup for my baby; my 1993 Custom 24. I just finished an A/B with my PRS and my Quicksilver. My PRS will have a nice spot in my music room. My Quicksilver will now be in my hands. I can not believe how this guitar sings. The Quicksilver fit into my hands like it was an old friend. The tone is just incredible, even through my practice amp. Everything Ed said about this guitar is true. I am extremely happy.
To Everyone at Ed Roman Guitars
I wanted to send a short thank you note for showing me that Eastman Guitar. I would have been another Gibson casualty because I was ready to buy a Gibson for almost $4,000.00 more money. The Eastman makes mince meat out of the Gibson. When I got back home I went into my local store in San Diego who sells nothing but Gibson guitars. I tried over 15 different models and about 40 different guitars. When I was at your shop I played a Triggs R5, 4 Heritages, and the Eastman. The Eastman the least expensive and it sounded far better than everything else except The D'Aquisto Teardrop. The Heritages were disappointing because I had heard so much good about them for the last several years. Your salesman clued me in that Heritage was no longer the one to buy.
I have mailed you a check for $2,200.00 full payment on the Easton rust colored 17" model with the cutaway, including case shipping and insurance. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am a pro musician and I make my living playing. I don't have money to burn on that BS hype that Gibson feeds the suckers.
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.
My name is Dave Linden. This Saturday I walked into your store to check out an acoustic bass made by Dean. Little did I know! I got your address from Dean's dealer locater, I recognized your name from a while ago when I was doing some research.
Dean gave me three dealers to choose. While driving down the road, getting ready to leave town, I called and got directions. Why I called you first, and only called you, I will never know. That phone call was an advent. Your girl guided me in. Rich, your salesman helped me out, or should I say" opened my friggin eyes".
Ed, I had no clue! All the research, hours and hours of online dealers, manufactures web sites, trips to L.A. to large name showrooms, what a waste of time. 20 min. in your store and I will never see things the same way again. Even if you don't read this ,I want to thank you for the eye opener. I was standing there looking at your Quicksilver guitars and I heard you talking to someone about a proto design wannabe DIY acoustic. Please excuse me from eavesdropping, Talking softly is not easy for me either. You said the one thing that my entire work ethic is based on. You said "you will have to prove to me that it is the BEST, If I can't make the very best, better than anything else, I don't want to make it !" Hey I heard this with my own two ears, and except for a select handful of men in the world, that commitment to quality does not exist. Ed, if you built Ferrari's they would get better!
So, needless to say I'm sold . I will begin immediately selling all my old guitars. I want your designs, simple yet rock solid. 1 quicksilver, 1 strat type, no trem, and that killer bass that Rich showed me w/ birds eye maple neck. I have been in so many shops, I can't count them all, never have I seen this quantity/quality ratio. I look forward to owning several of your creations.
Here at Ed Roman Guitars we have a standard form job application. The application asks many of the usual questions and some that may seem a bit unusual.
1. What do you think of Ed Roman's DO NOT TOUCH policy regarding new and high end guitars?
2. What do you think of the MEGA SUPERSTORE MUSIC STORES?
We ask these questions to try and ascertain whether the applicant realizes why we do things a little differently here than most stores.
Recently an Applicant David O'Donnell answered the questions in such a way that I thought might be entertaining to my readers. David sold guitars for a living in fact he was a 7 year veteran of Sam Ash Music in Hempstead New York.
1. What do you think of Ed Roman's DO NOT TOUCH policy regarding new and high end guitars?
Answer/ A customer who will normally purchase a high end instrument will usually not want a shopworn floor model. If an item is shopworn the retailer will be asked to discount it drastically. Also, some people intentionally ruin instruments, steal knobs and other parts or ask to to play instruments with their hands filthy.
2. What do you think of the MEGA SUPERSTORE MUSIC STORES?
From the perspective of a salesman who worked for Sam Ash before they changed to a Mega Store, I have very strong opinions on this subject !!!
Not only did that change end the possibility of being a career salesman (I personally went from making $40,000.00 a year to about $27,000.00). It also ruined the shopping experience for serious customers. Every single knowledgeable salesman left after that change.
Guitar Center is totally geared toward the hobbyist or non playing music enthusiast. Their concept of "vibe", which includes blaring different recorded music from all departments simultaneously is completely counter productive to the choosing of a musical instrument. They pay their salesman nothing and it shows.
Just got the Quicksilver #453, I had a hard time putting it down so that I could write this thank you note. I can't believe the way this neck feels, I thought I had seen it all. This guitar totally destroys anything I have ever owned. This is the seventh guitar I have bought from you and probably the best playing one yet. People are amazed when they see my JET and my Gledura. I still have one of the early McNaught Tempest Guitars that you sold me back in 1998. When I got that I thought that was cool, when I got the JET I was floored and the Gledura was even better. The next one will be a Viking, Would you consider taking the McNaught as a trade? I gotta go the Quicksilver is calling me. Thanks for building me the best guitar I have ever owned.
I just had to let you know that I am just blown away by what you are doing --- promoting real quality instruments as opposed to mass-produced garbage. I remember when one local guitar store dealt Alembic back in the 80's. I thought they had probably gone belly up, but was pleasantly surprised to see that they are doing quite well.
I have been slowly perusing your website, and have learned a ton. My outlook on guitars has changed radically. I used to think that to get a quality instrument at a price I can afford (professional musician) I would have to settle for something not too attractive, but that has a decent sound. Now I know about all these hungry young companies making axes that blow PRS away for so much less. (I would've bought an 80's Kramer over a PRS because of quality/price, for example.) I used to go to Guitar Center and drool, but I went last week and thought: "all overpriced crap". Most of my friends are also musicians, and I am a totally converted person. I will be spreading the 'good news'!
Dear Ed Roman;
This check is part of the balance for the Abstract Centurion guitar with the pig inlays. I'd like to thank you for creating a website that opened me up to world of truly custom made guitars. Sam Ash and Guitar Center stores no longer capture my interest. Also thank you for taking me a tour of your Connecticut shop while I was there. When I ordered my first and second guitars from you I had requested that the Buzz Feiten system be installed on them.
To be honest I really wasn't convinced that there was any difference in sound; probably because I tune my guitars so carefully and with a very accurate strobe tuner; you would be pressed to tell me that my guitar out of tune. I said, "What a heck" and ordered the modification anyway.
I then received my Green Birdseye top JET Earlewood #126; I'm sure you've seen it. I still wasn't convinced after playing it a week. I then reset the intonation to the Buzz Feiten specs and tuned up. After one strum I was then a believer. Not only is my JET Earlewood the best looking and easiest playing guitar in the world, it is also the best sounding.
I'll match my JET up against any guitar on planet. My JET makes my beloved Paul Reed Smith Custom 22 feel like an Ibanez. I thought nothing could top my PRS. If people are buying JET Earlewood guitars just for their looks that’s understandable, but they are missing the best part; they play like heaven. Imagine playing full bar chords with distortion and still sounding sweet.
I can't wait until I get my Abstract Centurion with "Buzz" system and pig inlays, I'm sure that'll be next to "Hog" up all my attention
Dear Mr. Roman,
I am 14 years old and I play both guitar and bass. I Strongly agree with all of your opinions on guitars. Just because other people use them doesn't mean they are good. I believe you have to play and decide that for yourself. I, myself, despise guitars such as Gibson and Fender. I think if you want mass produced pieces of crap, you should buy one of them. Lots of my friends think they are good because their precious preppy punk bands use them. Of course they never try any guitars out and they just go by what other people say, but its not my problem. I greatly appreciate you revealing this to the public. I own a Spector bass, and Parker guitar, and I couldn't be happier.
Thanks again for sharing the same opinion. If you have any idea how to convince my friends that all those Gibson's and other guitars are truly garbage.
please let me know.
I am impressed with your conviction at such a young age. You have what is known as leadership qualities. Many of your friends are doomed to be Indians but you will probably grow up to be a Chief. Remember that there can be no Chiefs without Indians, So stop trying to convince your friends to be open minded. When they grow up they will be the Indians. And you can have the last laugh.....
There is no racial slur intended towards our Native Americans commonly known as Indians. It is simply an old expression I heard when I was quite young. And it stuck with me.
What a great deal, The Turquoise PRS you shipped me came in at almost $500.00 cheaper than my local Dealer, (Guitar Center). I have never purchased mail order before but I will buying all my guitars from you, from now on. It's definitely true what you guys say about giving the best price. The closest price I could find to you guys was at a store in Pennsylvania. According to them the guitar was a factory blem and didn't have much flame. The one from you was one of the nicest PRS guitars I have seen.
I recently bought the EVH red, white & black candy stripe Kramer styled guitar that you built for Charlie Beckley in Boston. He told me you built it for him in 1993. He did not want to sell it but was forced to because one of his kids was very sick and he needed the money for doctor bills. I paid quite a bit for the guitar, in fact I found out from one of your people that I paid $800.00 more for it than what it sold for in 1993.
I am writing to tell you how incredible this guitar sounds and plays. I can't believe the neck, The minute I picked up this guitar it felt like a long lost friend. I will never sell this guitar!!! I have been looking for something like this for over 15 years. It was well worth what I paid for it !
I contacted your shop and told them that I needed a new nut because the old one cracked in shipping, they sent it out to me no charge and told me they would be glad to help me with any problems that may ever arise.
Thanks for your great web site, Thanks for building this incredible guitar. I have been reading your web site. Thanks for your no BS attitude. I will never even consider doing business with any other store.
Subject: Tell Ed I said "Thanks!"
First of all I must say, your website is awesome!
The facts disclosed to me were the main guide for me in my hunt for the elusive guitar I was searching for.
First off, a little background...
In 1996, I was firm Les Paul player. I felt (and still feel) that the tune-o-matic bridge is the only way to go for a hardtail. I was also in the belief that Les Pauls were just about as good as it gets for the money. (I'm speaking USA made guitars) This is before the ridiculous price increases and insane "Reissue" overpricing and now the VOS series (not to mention other business ventures Gibson has slapped it's name on...have you seen the guitars at Target?)
I've given up on Gibson now as a reputable company.... the business of making money is now more important to them than making fine instruments. Probably been that way for 20+ years but I just never realized it. The repair shop still does good work (a saving grace) but the diversification of the models is just confusing and has devalued the Les Paul line all together (in my opinion).
Anyhow, in 1996, I went to a music store in Wilmington that just became a PRS dealer. (BTW, the east coast of North Carolina is a music gear "dead spot"....no boutiques here)
My reaction to the PRS was severe! Man, what a guitar! It was a 1995 model that still had the old style heel. I asked the salesman how much...he said $3200. I was floored, but I just had to get me one of these PRS guitars! I asked him if it came in a non-vibrato model...and I didn't like the bridge on it either. So I asked if it was available with a tune-o-matic bridge. He said custom orders only. He told me that they use to make one back a few years ago, but discontinued it. Then I asked if he would trade a Les Paul & some cash for a PRS. He said he'd take two Les Pauls for one PRS. I was appalled! Needless to say, I walked out without a PRS that day, but I vowed I'd find a used one with a Tune-o-matic on it soon.
Years of searching....
Eventually, the internet came along but I never even saw one on Ebay!
After reading Ed's web pages, I became aware of the model I was looking for and armed with this information, I finally found one...on Ebay!
It's a 1991 Limited Edition.
The numbers on it are 112122.
It's on the FedEx truck right now...so I still haven't played it.
I've attached some pics of it hoping you could tell me anything you might know about this guitar.
My gathered gleaning of the internet offerings on this model tell me that only 300 Limited Edition models were made. These and "custom ordered" guitars are the only PRS guitars that have a T-O-M bridge.
In my search I have seen a few of these models....all of them had flame tops, Redwood (which has some cheesy story about the wood's origin), Maple or Cedar. They also came with bird inlays and gold hardware (so I'm lead to believe).
Not so on this model! This model looks to be a glossy black, which may make it impossible to find out just what type of top it has on it. Also, it has chrome hardware instead of gold and dot inlays instead of birds.
My questions are...
How can I find out the type of wood the top is made of?
Is chrome hardware original on this guitar?
Does the absence of bird inlays, no flame top, chrome hardware and black color make this a "no frills" version of the Limited Edition? If so, would you say this is much rarer than the other "more adorned" models? (although maybe not as beautiful)
It's sad that it took ten years to find one particular guitar, and even sadder that the one I finally found on Ebay is just a plain black model. But I really love the old PRS necks and 10 years is a long time to wait.
BTW, I paid $2,180 for the guitar. I hope it's a good one!
Thanks for your time (whoever answers this)
Thanks again for all the valuable info on your site!
Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your web-site, I now have a much more appreciation for American made guitars from the comments you made. I've been playing for 26 years and I have settled for cheap, crappy junk because I didn't want to spend the money for a good, well crafted instrument but that's all going to change! It might take me awhile to save the money but I'm sure in the long run it will be a wise investment . I'm also tired of messing with these local music stores that won't give you the time of day unless you look like a damn rock star and most of them carry crap also. If you have any suggestions on some guitars to check out, please get back with me. I hope I will get to do some business with you.
I received the packet with the polish cloth and warranty information in it. Thanks for sending it out to me so quickly. Also, thanks for recommending the 370 over the 360. I'm very pleased with the sound I'm getting from it.
I've enjoyed my interaction with you and with Ed Roman Guitars, and will recommend your store to anyone that is looking at a Rickenbacker purchase (or any other high end guitar purchase).
Founder & Original Lead Singer Moody Blues
Hello again Ed,
Thank you for your response, I realize you are very busy. I believe you are probably operating one of the very best and most respected guitar shops in the known world - and you are not even in L.A. or New York!
Joanne actually followed up and sent me the trem bar - please thank her again. I am very much looking forward to visiting your shop as soon as I can, and will bring the PRS with me so that you may evaluate what needs to be adjusted.
Thank you again for a lifetime of expertise, and for putting it all out there on the web site so that guys like me can find you and utilize the knowledge!
Hello and congratulations for your excellent work, both on your site and your business! I am 24 years old, from Greece and live in Germany for the purpose of studying sound engineering was and still am ,at least impressed with what I have so far read and seen in your site and look forward to having the chance one day, and buy such wonderful instruments such as the Jacobs, Jaros, JET and other fine ones. The truth is that by reading all this info I finally realized how the industry works.
Let us say I saw light at the end of the tunnel. I came across some of the things you mention, about yourself being flamed and called names from others and I find it pathetic. I do not know who you are in person and what you stand for, but I take the everyone is innocent till proven guilty, approach with you as I do it in life! (Although I know that the opposite works in a more defensive manner and one can avoid nasty mistakes. But it may also take more time to learn valuable lessons from those aforementioned mistakes. do not judge anyone for nothing less than what he or she is in life. Well enough said, this is only a greetings mail and a hope to do business with you one day. I like your style and attitude. And I would like to meet you one day!
Thank You for your time in reading this It was just an idiot's attempt to somehow say something, maybe not worth said at all!
Hi, Mr. Roman -
Thank for being so courteous and telephoning me so promptly. I am rushing to get the instrument out the door to Ron before today's end per your instructions. I am enclosing a copy of my prior email to Scott and you with my cover letter to Ron with the instruction that he should contact you upon receipt of the instrument.
Forgive the patchwork effect of this email. Below is copy of the text from the letter I read to you earlier today. I will send you a hard copy shortly.
Thanks again for all your help. If you need to reach me feel free to leave me a message at home or to contact me in the office.
You have my gratitude for your help.
Dear Mr. Roman:
I am one of your new customers and recently purchased a Heritage Eagle Classic guitar through your staff member, Scott Krellenstein. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for several reasons.
First, for making me aware of the manufacturer Heritage. As - after 25 years as an electric bass player - I recently decided to undertake a change of primary instrument, I was completely unaware of Heritage as a guitar maker. I can tell you that had it not been for your enthusiasm for Heritage (as apparent in your excellent website) I would neither have been aware of Heritage nor considered them as a maker for my new instrument. Though I have literally just received my new guitar I must tell you that Heritage’s workmanship is virtually unparalleled in my experience (your shop did fabulous set-up work on the instrument as well, thank you), and it is very clear why you go to such efforts to make guitarists aware of their instruments. Heritage is very fortunate to have such a supportive, articulate retailer of their instruments.
Secondly, I would like you to be aware of the outstanding service I received from your staff member Scott Krellenstein. Scott made a considerable investment of his time and energy in helping me to make an intelligent and appropriate purchase. This was not without difficulties as - for the reasons explained above - I am still acquiring a sense of the different technical's involved with guitar rather than bass. As far as I am concerned, the difference between a good retailer and a great retailer is the service offered to the customer. Scott has not only an excellent knowledge of your store, its inventory, and the subtleties of differences in Heritage instruments, but also - and more importantly, in my opinion - a considerable musical knowledge. I needn’t tell you that this is something of a rarity when dealing with music retailers, who often know little about either music or retail. Scott’s attention to the customer is the best possible advertisement your store could have. Your prices are beyond competitive (as you well know) and quality service renders your reputation indisputable, in my opinion.
Thank you for making for making my recent purchase a positive experience all the way around. You can be certain that my future guitar purchases will be from your establishment.
Mr Ed Roman
This letter is to express mine & my husbands appreciation to your wonderful store. My 2 sons 17 & 15 visited your store on Saturday, They haven't stopped talking about your store for 4 days, They both love Joe Satriani and they both want to buy the Ibanez gold colored ones you have on display. The salesperson who helped them made a very favorable impression on them. All they talk about is about all the fantastic guitars you have in the store. I just wanted you to know my husband will be in your store in about a week to get 2 of those guitars. By the way your price for both of them was almost 500.00 less than they could buy them from the store they have been taking their lessons at. We were quite upset about that because they have been taking lessons there for close to 2 years. The teacher in the store is a wonderful man, he actually recommended that we go see you.
Mrs. M. Layne
Ed Roman & John Mayall
See attached for quote from the Guitar Factory out of New York. Due to your reputation I would feel most comfortable if I could make this purchase through Ed Roman Guitars. The guitar is a Gibson SG Standard in Ebony with a Gibson custom hardshell case. The price is $989 plus $20 for shipping (see below), the purchase would be made with a credit card. If this is something you can do feel free to call me at 609-xxx-xxxx ext 3358 - Eric Emery
Just for your information I was in the local music store looking at guitars with my son and there was this man picking up everything and playing, as I walked by he said If your going to buy a new guitar go to edromanguitars.com. Well I didn't and ended up returning two guitars because of problems with them. By the way the store I was in will match the price, I am just leery of what I will get.
They gave you a better than average price. Usually SG standards sell in most stores for at least $1,200.00. So it appears that they were being fair with you. I can still beat the price but not by as much as I usually like to. I can beat that price by about $50.00 plus I can save you the sales tax which is another $80.00. Shipping from Las Vegas with insurance will be about $30.00. Your savings will still be about $90.00.
I just received my Earlewood #80 guitar from Ed Roman and I just want to say If I would have had this guitar back 30 years ago I'm sure my career path would have been different! You make the best!
Best Regards and looking forward to owning more of your guitars!
Carlos M. Gonzalez, Jr.
Leslie West With His LSR Rick Derringer With His Pearlcaster
Thanks for the killer deal on the Jackson Soloist, your price was $200.00 better than Guitar Center and $175.00 less than my local store, plus I saved over $70.00 in Tax, Guitar Center wanted to charge me tax on a mail order guitar, f#%k them where they breathe. I truly hate them and I won't even buy a pick from them !!!!!
I wanted to thank you for visiting with me on the phone …the website is incredible…your store is a national treasure!!! … I now have a reason to come to Vegas!!!...but, I will be sure to make and appointment first!
HEY ED, WHAT'S NEW?
HOPE THIS MAIL FINDS YOU AND YOURS WELL AND IN GOOD ROCKIN' SPIRITS. WE MET WHEN I WAS IN VEGAS JULY 5,6,7 THIS YEAR AND YOUR STAFF WAS GRACIOUS ENOUGH TO ALLOW ME AND MY SON TO TOUR YOUR MOST EXCELLENT STORE.
I HAVE JUST BEEN ON YOUR WEBSITE FOR THE LAST HOUR AND I HAVE TO SAY IT IS GREAT.
I AGAIN WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE TOUR THAT EARLY SATURDAY MORNING AND , AS A GUITARIST AND ENTHUSIAST, IT WILL BE ONE OF MY LIFE'S MOST CHERISHED MEMORIES, ( AND MEETING YOU WAS PRETTY COOL TOO! ).
MY SON IS FLYING HOME TO YOUNGSTOWN 9/11/02 FOR A WEDDING AND I'M SURE WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT YOU (ALL GOOD OF COURSE ). I HOPE THAT THE NEXT TIME I'M IN VEGAS I'LL GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE YOU AGAIN. IT WAS A REAL PLEASURE!!! KEEP THE WORLD ROCKIN' AND LET'S WORK HARD TO GET NUGENT ELECTED TO THE WHITE HOUSE. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN SOON.
Thanks for turning me on to that geezer in Massachusetts with the EVH Frankenstrat, I didn't think I would be able to find one. The Guitar plays and sounds incredible. He told me you built it for him in 1992. (Can I buy a Black Back Pickup for it). I can't believe how stable the guitar feels, It has more sustain than any other guitar I have ever owned.
Dear Ed Roman
I purchased a Rickenbacker 360 left handed, from your organization about 2 weeks ago. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the two young clerks who assisted me before the salesman. It was totally my fault, I showed up without an appointment and the young lady who greeted me was able to get several of your staff to assist me.
Being left handed I am not used to being treated well, as I am sure you know no one gives a shit about the lefty guitar population. I had been looking for a left-handed Rickenbacker for almost three years. Your store was the only place I have ever been able to find one. Imagine my delight when I had a choice of nine different models to choose from. I thought I had died and gone to Rickenbacker Heaven.
I will never ever buy a guitar anywhere else as long as I live.
Customer for Life,
My name is Dave Rainey,
and I live in Helendale, CA. On a recent visit to Las Vegas, I purchased a Heritage Blues Deluxe in Blue Burst from Jon at your showroom.
I just wanted to let everyone at Ed Roman's know what a fantastic experience it was dealing with everyone there. Due to an error on my part, the shipping address had to be changed, and your shipping staff handled it professionally and with great skill and courtesy. My Blues Deluxe arrived safe and sound almost before I got home from vacation. Jon was a super guy to buy my guitar from, knowledgeable, courteous, friendly, and professional. I must also say that I am really pleased with the quality of the instrument. You can be sure that I am recommending Ed Roman Guitars to anyone who is looking to buy a quality guitar.
I have nothing but praise for your entire organization, which I feel is first class all the way around.
Again, thanks! DAVE RAINEY
Signing off for now,
"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day."
Rick Derringer 2008 Album Cover With His Ed Roman LSR Guitar
Hey! Great site.
You've kind of taken on the function of a Consumer Reports
of the guitar world and that's definitely needed. I just wish there was
something comparable to it in the realm of amps and audio. I'm getting so tired
of seeing the cost cutting and overall corporate approach continue to degrade the quality of amps in particular. When you open them up, they
just seem to get more and more cheesy as the years go by. Before too long, if
it's not already too late, the young kid coming up to play guitar is gonna have
no clue what a real amp is or should sound like. They'll just mindlessly buy some transistorized piece of crap made in the shape of an amp
with a novelty glow-in-the-dark hand-picked 12AX7 in it for that thundering
"real" tube tone. But look on the bright side, it has 10-way channel switching
so you can easily switch between your 10 least shitty sounds. Distortion is
distortion, right? Its also lightweight so you can easily take your shit sound
with you wherever you go. (This lightweight quality is no doubt achieved by
utilizing advanced designing concepts, not from the transformers being half as
big as they should be.) And most importantly, it has an effects loop so you can
utilize all of those essential spaceship noises (to cover up your shit sound).
Even a lot of expensive amps seem to
While they're at it they should really lay the hammer down on all of the absolute junk "all-in-one" shit that's being force-fed to the entry level pickers who don't know any better. The dildo in the store sells this crap by ridiculing quality equipment with something like, "Why carry all of that heavy stuff around with you when you can have all of your sounds in this small package?"
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKK!!!!! I'm a guitar teacher and one of the hardest things to get across is that YOU CAN'T REALLY LEARN TO ROCK IF YOU AREN'T PLAYING THROUGH A REAL AMP! Anyway, guess I'm done with my rant. You got me in the mood, lol! Maybe I'm just wishing, but it would be very useful if there were some relatively unbiased arbiter in the amplifier field. I realize that tone is a subjective thing, but quality isn't. If you know of anyone out there that might qualify as such, please let me know; hell, let everyone know.
Also, the reason I originally started to write was that on the bottom of your used guitar page you forgot to mention the bombing of the USS Cole in your quiz. I don't know if this was intentional or not, but I'm sure that the 17 sailors that were killed and the 39 injured would think it is worth mentioning.
Anyhow, I admire your integrity and I hope, and am sure you will, keep up the good and honest work. (And keep up the humor as well, lol!)
Have A Great Day,
I just got the JET guitar, Thanks for all the help, Frankly I didn't expect you to be so helpful, I used to see on the PRS site that you didn't help people that much. BS to that, Whoever is saying that obviously never bought a guitar from you. This is the second guitar you sold me and both times the deal went 100% smooth and I am an extremely happy client. I will refer you to all my friends.
I am so glad that I called Tom Ivory and got his recommendation on you. Otherwise I might have gone elsewhere. Tom gave you a glowing referral and told me he had bought more than 10 guitars from you.
I still don't understand why those people on the PRS site bash on you so much, You are obviously a pro and I want to reiterate one more time how happy I was with both guitars. My next guitar is a Quicksilver for sure.
I just bought a Heritage 555 from you, Thank you for the fast seamless service and a great axe. I am recommending your shop to all my friends. Your price is unbeatable, anywhere.
I am sorry to waste your time, I know you are extremely busy, but I have been scouring your web site for the past month or so and to make it simple, you have really opened my eyes. Sounds kind of pathetic, huh? Now I know why that "Kramer" (import) I bought back in 1984 played like crap. Now I have a better appreciation for this beat up Hamer Steve Stevens I have that's just been sitting around for the past few years. Now I know where that gut negativity I have towards stores like Guitar Center and Mars came from. Now I remember that quality is important in all aspects of life, not only guitars.
I just wanted to thank you and tell you that you have made one very positive impact in another person's life.
I will soon be buying another guitar. I hope to buy it from you. I just have to make my decision how much I want to spend and exactly what I need. I just want you to know that someone really appreciates your knowledge and honesty.
Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that the Trans Green Jackson KV2 that I recently bought from you is beautiful! The flame is gorgeous, and as you told me on the phone, not a single mark on it, because no one but you guys has ever touched it. Set-up is excellent, sounds great. Please pass the good word along to whoever checked it out before you guys sent it. I couldn't be happier. I have a Blue Ghost Flame KV2 that I might want to talk to you about doing a trans finish on, or maybe one of the "Tribal" graphics that I saw on a couple of other guitars on the site. The green one steals the show next to the other guitar. It was a pleasure doing business with you. I'll call you soon about re-finishing the other Jackson. Thanks for a beautiful guitar, Ed.
Talk to you soon,
I don't care what anyone says, You and your web site are the greatest thing that has ever come along since I have been playing guitar. (25 years).
Thanks for your brutal honesty, and I love your rants. I am loving this Quicksilver Guitar to death. I have never owned as nice a playing guitar as this one. I thought the PRS was the shit until I got my Quicksilver. Let me add I have had every conceivable guitar that you can imagine. I have even had 2 custom guitars made. They don't even rate being in the same room with my Quicksilver.
Just wanted to tell you how much my husband loves the guitar you sent. It's his birthday present and he is delighted. He loves the sound and it sure is a beauty. THANKS!
That Pearlcaster guitar is the sweetest playing guitar I have ever had. I have always been a Fender player and I thought I always would be. I can't believe how good it holds tune & how good it sounds, It cuts through so much better that my Original 1963 Stratocaster. I originally bought the guitar because I didn't want to take my old Strat on gigs, After playing this guitar I am more concerned with protecting it than my old favorite. I think I just got all caught up in the hype. I paid 9 times what the Pearlcaster cost me and the guitar doesn't come close.
Wow, All I can say is Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, down to business. You said you take trades. You have a 100 anniversary Gibson 335 for 3701.00. I have a Fender Custom Shop Tele, Jr that came with Seymour Duncan Pickups. I think it listed for $2,800.00 and has a certification of Authenticity. Wish I could spell Authenticity? Anyway, Fender can't make crap anymore. It was a piece of crap when I got it. Fret rattle, The P90's sounded like a Kay guitar. I had some Gretsch White Falcon Pickups that fit the pickup holes like they were made for it. I added Gold Hardware. I have a friend who is a reluctant luthier, who mainly rebuilds pianos, but builds guitars and repairs virtually anything. He redressed the frets, leveled them and put the Gold hardware on it. Someone who has a hard on for Fender would love it. However, I have one one for the Gibson 100 anniversary guitar that was priced at 10k, but now 3701.00, I guess. You say you'll take trades. Any chance of you taking this tele on trade on the Gibson after you examined it. It's an immaculate finish on it and I guess some guy name Jose who sweeps the floors in the Custom Shop finished it and at least the finish is perfect. The frets rattled and weren't level when I got it. I think the Tele, now, is a world class guitar, but then again, what in the hell could I ever own that would impress you? I can't imagine after seeing your web pages. Let me know if I have a snow ball chance in hell of getting you to take it as a trade or not. I think the greatest potential of this guitar is you converting it once you get it. Never in my life, have a seen such a dealer, such a web page, such an incomprehensible collection of guitars and knowledge in one place in my life. And, yes I can suck up with the best of them.
Roman Baker Guitar
First off, I would just like to say that you have the best web site on the
net and you know more about guitars than anyone. Now that I have this off of my
chest, I have just a couple questions concerning guitars and prices because i am
interested in buying from you.
2. In the picture that is under Kramer's for sale at the top of the page, there is a Eddie Van Halen Kramer with one humbucking pickup slanted and his design, is that for sale, and how much?
3. How much is the kramer spatter paint job w/ the emg pickup? Thanx a million, ur the best.
I just wanted to send you an email to thank you for your help and excellent customer service this past Saturday. I'm the chick who bought your translucent green Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar. Alan was also great and patient in answering all of our questions. Thanks so much to both of you for the tour of all of your displayed guitars and necks and especially the guitar shop tour downstairs; I was always interested in guitar luthiery.
After we left your business, my friends and I could NOT imagine ever purchasing a guitar at Guitar Center or Sam Ash. Thanks again for everything.
P.S. According to your email instructions on your website, I made sure my email was less than 150 words.
Thanks so much for seeing us on Saturday. You saved me over $600.00 from Sam Ash on my sons PRS Guitar. I was impressed with your vast knowledge about guitars and the guitar industry. Ron Jr. has been walking on air all week. He never dreamed he would get to see guitars actually being made. He is bugging me to take him up to see you again. Ha Ha I know you are busy and probably don't have the time. All he talks about to his mom and me about is your store. He would love to work for you when he gets a little older.
Loyal Customers for Life,
I just got finished reading your rant on the pitfalls of E-Bay. I wish I had read it about a year ago. I shipped my Steinberger off to a supposed dealer in San Francisco. I never got paid and I never even could get through to him. I got ripped blind. Thanks for publishing the most informative, strait forward and most complete guitar web site I have ever seen.
I will never buy from any other dealer but you!
God, I love your guitar site! Makes all the rest totally sterile. Read your rants and opinions and I thought, Damn, this guy could be my twin brother!! You just "nail it'' on your guitar stuff AND your politically incorrect opinions. From now on your my "go to'' for anything guitar---your inventory is amazing and the pictures are too good to be true---I bookmarked your site with an AAA so your on the top of my list. Keep up the great work!
Regarding my Parker Fly Pickup Upgrade:
Just a quick note thanks for a great job and getting the guitar back to me so quickly !
Had a Band practice last night and the Parker sounded fantastic, Clean sounds now have enormous depth and the overdriven sound is now really fat. I can finally get a nice warm (On the edge of overdrive) sound. Which was simply impossible before with the DiMarzio Pickups. And The clarity of the top end is maintained.
I think Parker are definitely not doing their guitars any favours with the Stock DiMarzio Pickups. But the Blackbacks have transformed my guitar. Your web site is right, I won't be selling it now.
I have one question, Is it possible to adjust the height and angle of the pickups or is this modification non adjustable. The neck pickup is a little low and also tilts toward the neck slightly.
Thanks again for your help, Best Regards,
I contacted you recently regarding a Rickenbacker, I was really happy with the treatment I got. Your price was $300.00 cheaper than anyone else who had it in stock, You were able to answer questions that no one else could even come near answering. The guitar came in perfect condition and was packed extremely well.
A salesman at the Rickenbacker factory told me that you were the only dealer that had deep stock on the 360v64. He also told me, he thought a lot of the negative postings that I saw were unfounded and probably untrue.
It pisses me off that I held off doing business with you because of some
anonymous jerks online who have chosen to bash you. These people are probably
other dealers who are jealous of you, They are trying to undermine you the only
way they know how.
Thanks again for recommending the Buzz Feiten system on my Hamer, I loved it, no other guitar I have ever owned has sounded this good!
OUT-FUC$ING-STANDING!! Absolutely flawless job. Beautiful top and finish. You guys totally nailed the cherry sunburst. Plays and sounds great too. Thanks for a very professional job. Customer for life.
Now, if I could just get you guys to figure out how to do the lighted, smoking pickup thing. I've got an Ace production model that's been asking for it. Let me know.
I don't care what anyone says, You are "the man."
Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou!!!
Just a short note to express my appreciation for all your help. Jamie has been on Cloud 9 since we left your store. You made him feel like a Star! He says he wants to apprentice in your shop. He would like nothing more than to be around guitars all day. We were all incredibly impressed to see the guitars actually being made right there.
I want you to know that I appreciate your honesty and so does Jamie,
Whenever myself or my husband take him to Guitar Center or Sam Ash it is very
obvious that the people there don't have any idea what they are talking about.
It always feels like they are lying to us.
Jamie plays with a bunch of other kids and they are actually getting pretty good. He says he can't wait to tell them about your shop. You really got through to Jamie, He hasn't stopped talking about you since we were there.
Have a good Christmas
Letter From One Customer to Another:
Sorry it's taken a few days. Work has been ungodly busy. As far as what you're asking about the guitar: the guitar may not be completely all Ed said it would be in terms of all the sounds it achieves (simply because that's all subjective anyway, what sounds like a Strat tone to me may be different EQ-wise to you, etc.), but it is DEFINITELY a close enough match.
It has versatility coming out its' ass. It definitely runs and covers the gamut (and then some) of all the tones I need. I don't find that coil splitting does much for heavily distorted tones, but who does? Clean, on the other hand, is a whole different ballgame. Splitting the coils with the Duncan Blackbacks gives all the Strat and Tele sounds, and the beauty of leaving the PU's in humbucker mode is getting those sounds beefed up and warmer, just without any muddiness like you would on Les Pauls, PRS's, etc. (solid mounting works wonders for pickups). There's not too much gain to distort the clean sounds, either, which is not easy to do on humbuckers of this nature. Seymour took his time voicing these, you can tell.
As for dealing with Ed: he seemed very appreciative and patient whenever I called to give specs and what not. I even had to split payments up between checks and Visa for the remaining balance, which really helped, and he was cool with that. I've talked to both Ed and his shop foreman several times since and they always check with me to see if/how the guitar is holding up.
You can tell when he's having bad days maybe, sure, but he's never been completely unbearable. He seems to be like his website conveys: if you take your time with him and reason with him, you can trust him and his staff to build you a great guitar. You should definitely know a great deal about what you want in one too though. As I say, if you spend some time and do your homework it WILL pay off. Any recommendations Ed has made were dead on, too. I'm glad I didn't go with a floating bridge on this guitar, although I will have another axe with one in the future.
The Quicksilver for me is an instrument whose subtleties can each be appreciated, like a well-defined chord: every note stands out even though they're played together. When you play it unplugged and/or with clean tones BEFORE crankin' out the distorted tones, you'll know what I mean. This is definitely a very-well designed instrument that balances perfectly for me. As far as Harmony Central is concerned: I can't take a negative review into play because I can't appreciate the false credibility one is trying to establish by not signing their name to a review.
Want to ask them why they think it sucks? GOOD luck! That totally invalidates these so-called "people" for me. Plus, spend a lot of time at Ed's website, and you will see amongst the 500-some pages that he will go the extra mile to try and make you happy if there's a screw-up. Ever notice that he ENCOURAGES people to check into any business' background? Not afraid of referencing the BBB, either. He firmly is dead set against most production companies because he shows many examples of HOW they rip you off, and as far as I'm concerned, he's dead right on every one of them. THINK about what you shell out your hard earned money for: for swimming pool pickup cavities? For Spring-Mounted humbuckers that will invariably cause muddy tone? For lower cost (and conversely lower-tone) foreign parts like soft-metal bridges and noisy pots? I've owned enough guitars myself to know that Ed's expositions of these people/companies are true. I'm tired of being ripped off when I'm purchasing a so-called quality guitar, and so is Ed. SCREW 'em all, Period.
I also noticed that some people thought the Quicksilver was "just ok" for them, and that's fine too. Not all guitars are everyone's cup of tea, they're all very subjective. But I can assure you they are of a much greater quality than off-the-shelf-NON-Custom production guitars of the same and/or HIGHER price than what you would pay for a similarly-appointed guitar from Ed's shop. And remember, you're not limited to the Quicksilver, as you can see on his World's Best Guitars page. If you decide the Quicksilver isn't for you, he's got like 15-20 other lines (and then some) of high quality instruments.
The bottom line is that you'd be better off finding a model for yourself on his site than buying a God-awful-white-bread-boring-and-very-overpriced production axe, because from personal experience with production instruments, you WILL need further satisfaction with them at some point. Why? Because you DIDN'T have it made the way you wanted it in the first place. They make you conform to their mold. Well, I say screw 'em! Next thing you know, it's a pickup here, and a new color there, and these tuners suck, etc., etc. And for the sake of argument, let's say you DO get that in a production instrument. What did it COST you? I can guarantee it will be far more than it would be from Ed. And plus, the quality of the instruments he sells is FAR superior. And if your options end up running you a little more in the end, the cost is still quite reasonable. It may take a while to get it, yes, but like the Heinz commercial, the best things DO come to those who wait. It will be worth the wait, trust me.
As for the "other" questions you had:
1. this guitar DEFINITELY met, no, surpassed, his architectural requirements. This sonofabitch is rock solid.
2. The electronics can be whatever you want because it's a CUSTOM GUITAR. Mine has a 3-way switch, 1 volume, and 1 tone (both push-pull pots, one to split each humbucker). They are brand new, high quality, clean, and very smooth feeling pots.
3. Yes, I did originally order a Jaros, and I'm glad that it didn't turn out the first time and I ended up switching to a Quicksilver. I decided that shape-wise, it wasn't for me. I was also curious about the bolt-in (not bolt-on) thing, and plus I ended up not being able to afford a 3/4-neck-tennen guitar, but I plan on going that road at some point with another one.
4. The other guitars I've owned are listed in my Harmony Central.com review (sorry, it's a detailed list).
5. The only thing I recommend is to make sure you're mostly decided on what you want in it before you go to buy it. If you're curious about a different wood or two, ask Ed what would be best for your playing situation. He has a pretty good feel for what's going on.
6. I plan on getting an axe with a vibrato at some point, and am not sure about going 3/4 tenon, or neck-thru, or what not. I want to go quilt-top and possibly piezo and/or MIDI at some point too. I'll decide on it when it comes time.
I hope all of this helps. I've cc'd Ed in this, as you can see, in an effort to perhaps try and break down what you need/want/are looking for in a guitar. Hopefully Ed can build you an instrument of perfection for YOU personally. He has for me. Good luck!! :) If you have anything else to ask, let me know.
P.S. NO, Ed does not pay me to praise him and his shop, in case anyone is wondering. His staff works very hard to produce the best instruments in the world, and it shows. Trust me.
P.P.S. Ed, if you read this e-mail, feel free to post any of my statements to your heart's content. I'm a very satisfied customer! Thank you and your staff again for a wonderful instrument. Finally someone does things right in the guitar world.
Man, after going through hell and high water, I finally got my guitar, and even though you guys forgot to put the pickup frames (which I’ll do here with a luthier I know) and the binding has some details, I must say it’s a tremendous state-of-the-art instrument. Its playability is out of this world, the neck is smooth and the fret board has no dead or weak spots whatsoever, it’s just perfect, the Steinberger tremolo system is wonderful, I wouldn’t change it for a Floyd Rose in a million years, and the sound of the black/back pickups, words can’t express how glad and satisfied I feel with this guitar, should I ever think of having another guitar made, no doubt it’ll be with you.
Thanks for an excellent guitar,
I'm sorry about the trouble with the shipping company, We won't use them again!! As far as the pickup rings go, That's the way we install those pickups, The Goof hider rings are only put on to make the pickups look like they fit properly. If you mount the pickups correctly there should be no need to put them on.
Ed, You Rock!
I read your articles about PRS guitars and I agree with you 100%. I think you're the right guy to answer my question about the value of old PRS vs new PRS guitars. I have an '89 Custom 24 with a "10" quilt top, tortoise shell finish, gold hardware, fretboard w/moon inlays, and it is signed by Paul Reed Smith on the back of the headstock. The top is as good as any of the Private Stock guitars on their website. I am the original owner and I special ordered the guitar with the features I described. I don't want to sell it, I just want to know what it's worth for insurance purposes and I trust that you'll tell me the truth with no B.S.
Thanks for your time,
$3,000.00 to $3,800.00 depending on how nice the quilt is hope that helped... If it is a numbered signature, $5,000.00.
Let me introduce myself. I am John Sandry and I have been viewing your website for a couple of years now. Great site, also great insight on life. Your rants are dead on. The reason I'm bothering you with this e-mail is that I want to buy a Les Paul style guitar from you. After going to the locals ( Dave's Guitar La Crosse Wisconsin ) I realized that the only guitars in my price range I could get from them was either a cheapo "@#*phone" made with pride in the third world or an overpriced Gibson. Oh, they also had PRS and custom shop retops, but to afford these, I would have to sell my car and cut down to 3 or 4 meals a week.
That brings me to your e-doorstep. I would like some prices on Heritage 150 models you have in stock. The color(s) I'm interested in are almond burst or some type of light brown burst. Flaming or quilting isn't important ( I realize that figuring = +++prices ). A guitar that looks like a Gibby signature "Jiffy Pager" if you get my drift. As an up sell, I want it with the changed pick guard, bridge, tailpiece, and treble/rhythm trim ring if that is possible.
Ed, I'm willing to spend $1000 to $2000, hopefully closer to the former than the latter. I don't necessarily need a screaming' deal, I just want an honest price on a USA built guitar. Please reply when you get the time. Thank you, John P.S. What the hell is an aged guitar? What does Tom Murphy do, throw 'em in the trunk of his car with some cinder blocks and drive around Hell's half-acre for a weekend and then put them in a tanning bed till the nitrocell crazes? Tomfoolery!
I know what a Joke........ Sometimes people are not too bright...
I actually know people who have bought them, They seem like intelligent people when you talk to them. But somewhere there must be a screw loose.
Anyway I am sure I can put you into a nice Heritage for between $1,200.00 and $1,350.00... That would include the bridge and pick guard you request, some flame and a high quality hard shell case. Plus real MOP inlays and Grover tuners... Prices start as low as $950.00
I just checked out your site for the first time. I've been on Usenet for many years and frequently see your name getting bashed, particularly on RMMG. Hell, I get plenty of bashing on RMMG because I'm a right wing opinionated Ahole but that's a different matter. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I read most of your site and although you may indeed be "full of shite" as many people on Usenet say, I happen to agree with, or at least not disagree with, most of what you say. Besides, most people on Usenet are full of shite, some of it just stinks worse than others. I'm full of shite myself but I'm usually right so who cares, right? Keep saying what you believe and screw 'em if they can't handle an outspoken dissenting opinion. I'll keep you in mind for future purchases or mods to guitars, I'm impressed with what I saw on your website. BTW, I see you were wearing a H-D shirt in a few pics - what do you ride?
G&L & PRS Guitars, Fender & Dr Z amps, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Sig Sauer Pistols, Armalite rifles, Budweiser & Jose Cuervo.
I agree we are probably both full of shite, but at least, I don't try to validate myself by dropping company name brands after my signature. What have these companies done for you, that you would choose to advertise them in your tag line on your e-mail. Screw them I say. In any case I love, Sig's, I have 3 of them and I am getting their Assault Model SMG in January, But I prefer the Glock on the pistols. I own an Armalite and 3 H-D's. When I drink beer which isn't very often, I drink Bud and I love Jose Cuervo. I don't know dick, about Dr Z amps although I have heard good things. The other ones you mention I have outgrown forever.........
You have a Cool Name "Odin", I mean that is totally cool, I suggest to you, that when you sign your name.... Don't feel like attaching a brand name to your life is gonna make people think any more or less of you. I'm 52 and I have tatoos, for that I am not sorry, however I wish I could remove the one on my arm that says Harley Davidson.... Yes I am full of shite, and yes I am also a right wing opinionated Asshole, But I was really full of shite the day I got that Tattoo. Be Cool.....
PS what is RMMG
I've been Hot-rodding my own guitars for over 30 years, and you're really telling it like it is.
Often I've noticed fantastic players get awesome sounds despite the quality of their instruments....rather than because of the quality!
So it's great to see someone doing things the right way as a craftsman.
I'd like to see your shop sometime, and was wondering if you do the standard stuff too? Like set-ups, fret work, etc.
Getting someone who knows what they're doing here in town is difficult. Nope, I never trust the Bozos at Guitar Center or Mars Music. I usually wind up telling them about the Gear they're trying to peddle.....instead of the other way around!
I've always told my buddies: "These chain store employees want to sell you the latest piece of junk to get their commission, and they couldn't care less about your Sound."
Anyway, your Website looks great, and I plan on turning all my guitar-playing friends onto it for an education in "How things ought to be done. "Welcome to Las Vegas!
sent: Thursday, September 25, 2003 1:37 AM
Subject: Roman Acquisitions
Just a quick note to say a heartfelt "THANKS" for working with me on the Quicksilver Tiger Eye (STUNNING!!!), Baker Bushwhacker (I'm Truly speechless...), and the Pearlcaster--Best "Strat" I have ever owned and I have 2 others....
I have to give it a break for just a little while as I also just bought my first PRS Private Stock (also in Tiger Eye).
Also, please let Ed know that I appreciate the care and workmanship that went into these wonderful guitars that bear his name. Jan, my wife loves the Quicksilver Tiger Eye, the Spalted Maple Bushwhacker as well as the Alembic Tribute the best of all 26 guitars in our house.
Future considerations will be a Koa BC Rich Bich and the Jackson Shattered Glass Soloist. If you come across any other unusual ones, please let me know.
I live in Utah, and was visiting my sisters house in Henderson Nevada on Saturday the 27th, and I decided I'd come into your store. I'd visited the website many times, and thought that your store looked like my heaven :), so me and my brother in law thought we'd drop by.
The selection was awesome ( Unlike Guitar Center, where they don't have a single guitar I'd be interested in purchasing) and there were tons of guitars I'd love to own.
You showed us around the store a bit, like your shop in the back where you do some custom work....And I just thought that was awesome, Thanks a bunch
Subject: Happy customer!
I wanted to drop a line and let you know that the recent guitar > purchase (Samick Royale ) from you has made me smile indeed! I will be purchasing one of your upper line (JET or Roman) guitars in the near future, and needed to fill the void with a decent guitar while waiting to decide exactly what I want on my custom. I played the same model in a local music store and was impressed with Samick's quality, but the price was a little high.
When I saw the same guitar on your site for a great price, I gave you a call. I must say that everyone that I have talked to at your store has been extremely professional, and most willing to answer questions (including Ed himself!).
It is refreshing to find an outfit that is as straight forward as you are In today's marketplace.
The guitar has since arrived, and in perfect playing order. I am amazed how well that it plays, and couldn't be happier with the price. If this is your low end guitar, I can't wait to play your high end.
I will most certainly recommend you to all of my friends. You have earned a loyal customer. I will be contacting Ed soon with my custom order. Keep up the good work!
Sincerely, now and in the future,
A PRS LOVER SENDS ME SOME HATE MAIL!
THIS LETTER CAME February 0f 2003
Even though I disagree with Rick Hammer I am printing it because at least he had the balls to sign his name.
HI MY NAME IS RICK AND I AM VERY DISAPOINTED WITH THIS COMPARISSON PAGE. I FIND IT VERY INCORRECT AND REALLY DISSES PRS GUITARS AND THERE WORKERS VERY MUCH. PRS GUITARS ARE HAND MADE , ALMOST EVERY THINGS IS DONE BY HAND NOT MACHINE LIKE ALL OTHER CHEAP GUITARS. I OWN TWO PRS GUITARS AND ONE GIBSON, AND THE PRS GUITARS ARE SOME OF THE BEST SOUNDING GUITARS IN THE WORLD. I WOULD NOT TRADE MINE ANYDAY FOR A QUICKSILVER BECAUSE THEY DONT EVEN COMPARE TO THE PRS. I DO NOT MEEN TO BE A JERK ABOUT THIS IN ANYWAY BUT THEY ARE NOT EVEN GOOD LOOKING GUITARS ESPECIALLY COMPARED TO THE PRS GUITARS. WHEN I SEE PROFESSIONALS PLAY I NEVER SEE ANY QUICKSILVER I SEE LOTS AND LOTS OF PRS GUITARS. THE INFORMATION ON THAT PAGE IS ONLY AN OPINION NOT FACTS. THAT IS MISLEADING TO SOON OWNERS OF A PRS GUITAR AND DOESNT HELP PRS OUT IN ANYWAY AND THEY DONT DISERVE TO LOOSE BUISNESS BECAUSE OF AN OPINION. THOSE WORKERS THERE ARE VERY HARD WORKERS AND DISERVE MORE CREDIT THEN ANY GUITAR BUILDERS IN THE BUISNESS OF MAKING GUITARS. ALMOST ALL OF THAT INFO IS INCORRECT ABOUT THE PRS , PLEASE LOOK MORE INTO IT BEFORE YOU PUT IS DOWN THE USE MANY MATERIALS IN INLAYS, PICKUPS , AND THEY DO BIND THE HEADSTOCK ON ABOUT 5 MODELS.
PLEASE EMAIL ME BACK PLEASE AND THANKS.
I read your letter and I am sorry that you don't agree with or believe what I say. I can assure you I check all my facts. I can assure you that PRS would sue me if I lied or stated any blatant untruths.
Here are my answers to your comments...
1. Your first sentence has two misspellings "disapointed" should be disappointed and "comparisson" should be comparison. there is no comma after the HI greeting and I will comment that you are entitled to your opinion.
2. In your second sentence you only make one spelling mistake but your grammatical composition needs some serious attention. You state that "YOU FIND IT VERY INCORRECT" Believe me I am 100% correct (I counted 12 incorrect spellings in your letter).
3. In your third sentence you state that "PRS GUITARS ARE HAND MADE" You couldn't be more wrong! In fact PRS guitars are completely and totally made on machinery. even the sanding operations are done by machine. I can't think of any other company that performs as much of their work on CNC machines as PRS. If you don't believe me I suggest you call the PRS factory and ask them outright if their guitars are hand made or machine made.
4. I am not going to break your entire letter down because time does not permit it, And I don't mean to sound like a wise ass in correcting your spelling, punctuation and grammar but you are obviously either 13 years old or very poorly educated. There is nothing wrong with being 13, and there is nothing wrong with being uneducated. In fact I myself was 13 once and I am also a "Voluntary Educational Non Participant" (Fancy for Dropout). But when you write a letter like yours and make statements that are so completely wrong coupled with the fact that your spelling and grammatical correctness is very immature you further enhance my position on programming and brainwashing. I certainly am not an expert in punctuation and grammar but I think about what I write and I don't ramble off statements like yours regarding opinions not facts and the fact that PRS workers work hard and deserve more. Hey this is turning into a run on sentence ha ha....
5. I looked at PRS's new 2003 catalog recently. It actually shows pictures of people working on guitars by hand. THAT IS TOTAL BULL$HIT. those pictures are posed. contrived and totally misleading.
PRS sends their inlay work out to Pearlworks, I am sure that they are doing almost no hard carving except on an occasional private stock model. I have nothing against any one who works at PRS, I am sure they are all nice people, even the ones that come into my store to spy on me. You make a statement to the effect that PRS workers don't deserve to be dissed, You state they are hard workers. You are coming out in defense of PRS and for this I admire your tenacity. However you are wrong, your facts are wrong, your information gathering is suffering from not enough questions being asked of the right people.
PRS workers probably work very hard, but they do as management tells them, They have little or no control over how the guitar is designed, built, advertised or sounds. They go about their day as any worker probably does. They do what they are told and probably do the best they can with whatever they have to work with. At 5:00 when the whistle blows they go home and that's probably that. In the old days I'll bet they worked late, I bet they cared much more about what the guitars were going to play and sound like than they do today.
The last thing I will address is your apparent distaste for the my Quicksilver Guitars. By the way, the Quicksilver was inspired totally by the pre 1995 PRS. I used the pre 1995 PRS as a benchmark in designing the Quicksilver. I'm not ashamed to say that I learned a great deal about guitar building from Paul Reed Smith, and some of his earlier employees. I am willing to bet $100.00 that you have never played a Quicksilver, I'll bet you probably have never even seen one close up.
You of course are entitled to your opinion and you are completely entitled to hate me and hate my guitars and hate the ground I walk on. That's what so great about this country. We can still hate people publicly and not have to worry about getting shot for it. Just remember everyone including me is entitled to the same privileges.
I don't hate you, I just hate that you really don't have your facts together, and you really should spend at least a few minutes to check what you say. In your Post Script you say that " You don't mean to be a jerk about this and that you love my selection". Why don't you buy a PRS from me, I absolutely guarantee the best price on any 2003 PRS model that you will get from any dealer anywhere!
Rick's Post Script "PS" below
note from Ed
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 Terwilleger'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