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How To Tell A Counterfeit Baker After 2011

There are some low cost Chinese imitations that look like the older Baker, Rockingbird and Gladiator Guitars. Please be careful because they are definitely Chinese fakes. The giveaway is the headstock will not be bound there are plastic inlays instead of real mother of pearl. There won't Be Seymour Duncan Pickups Or Kent Armstrong Pickups.

Baker Guitars New Smaller Bound Headstock For 2010
Also The Inlays Are Real Mother Of Pearl  Ebony Fingerboard Standard
No Rosewood Or Plastic like Gibson No Price Increase !!!!!


Absolute Best Bang For The Buck

BRAND NEW!  Neck Thru Body Roman-Baker

100% made in USA  Neck Through Body Not A Set Neck

Vintage Guitar Magazine

"Baker Guitars Are Worth The Dough."

Art Thompson, Guitar Player Magazine

"A Baker proves that when it comes to building a Les Paul style guitar, the Devil Is In The Details."

Baker Guitars Start at $999.00 and You Can Buy A Nicely Equipped Baker For $1,395.00 with A Killer Top


I am an experienced and practiced professional guitarist who has owned and played every type of guitar ever manufactured.
Two days ago I received my Ed Roman / Baker guitar with Kahler tremolo bridge.
When I opened the case my mouth about hit the floor. I wasn't expecting a guitar this beautiful and this high build quality.
It reminds me of a USA Jackson Soloist in character. But it's amenable to any musical style from R&B to metal.
I have played the piece for two days straight and it is one of the greatest and most inviting guitars I have ever played.
Excellent job on creating this fabulous line of guitars, Ed.

David "Johnny Guitar" Foster, Syracuse, NY
Feb 11 2011
Yesterday I received my new Baker guitar. WOW!
When I set out to research guitars I assumed I would end up with a Gibson or PRS, but along the way I ran into your website.
I learned so much from what you have posted on your site that I was able to make a knowledgeable decision.
Since I did not want to break the bank, I went with the basic Baker with a blonde top and all the standard hardware.
When I opened the case, I was amazed. What a beautiful quilted top!
I immediately plugged it in and started playing it and did not want to stop. So smooth and easy.
After about 45 minutes I picked up my Strat and started playing and it felt like a toy compared to the Baker.
I am so pleased with my decision. I never write testimonials but in this case I felt compelled to because I feel I got a fantastic guitar, well worth the money, and with all the standard gold hardware, pearl inlays, etc. it is gorgeous! I will be the envy of my fellow guitarists!
Thanks for providing beautiful alternatives to the big three “corporate” guitars.

Mike O'Malley
I'm the guy who bought that blue quilted Baker last weekend for my son, As I said to you, I had been put off by some negative press on the guitar from none other than Gene Baker himself. I must confess that when I first tried the guitar out,  I was only doing it to be polite, I wasn't expecting much. In fact I was contemptuous of the price. I mean how was this guitar going to be better than my PRS, My custom made Timtone & my Les Paul.
The guitar that I first picked up was the one that I bought.  If you recall I tried about 6 others, I was trying to see if the one I had picked up was just a fluke.   It wasn't

I have never been a collector, I'm a player and I work in 2 different bands back home in Niagara Falls. I rarely buy guitars,

I am a bit cynical to say the least about many of the newer brands. I was blown away by the selection of awesome guitars that I had never seen before.

I will probably buy another guitar in the not too distant future. Ed is really doing a service for musicians. Some of those guitars I saw were unparalleled. It makes me want to start collecting guitars.

I started playing the guitar back at my hotel and by Sunday I had fallen in love with it. I am seriously considering giving my son my beloved 1971 Les Paul & keeping the Baker. My dad bought me the Les Paul brand new for my high school graduation. I am sure my son will love it & never sell it. His friends will be impressed with the Les Paul but I'll have the better playing & sounding guitar. 

Anyone who down-mouth's the Baker should have his head examined. The action is awesome, the wood is beautiful, the hardware is solid, the guitar is stable as a rock and the tone is smooth & creamy.  I did not swap out the pickups yet,  Instead I will put them in my PRS, it needs the help and the Baker sounds great just the way it is.

I really like the clean tone, I can get a great crisp tone through my Fender Super Reverb. When I use my Marshall Combo it sounds like Clapton's  Bluesbreaker * Cream tone. Plus no horrible distorted muddy tone when I play chords. I love this Guitar !

I was hoping to meet Ed "The Self Proclaimed Guitar King" I wasn't sure of what to expect, I will make it a point to check ahead next time so that I don't miss him again.

Thanks again for recommending this guitar!  I was thinking that the price was too good to be true. From now on I'm checking with you guys before I buy another guitar.

Jim Petock


Hi Ed, I purchased a Baker from you last July. I was really pleased with the quality of this guitar. In fact, I think the neck on this instrument far exceeds my PRS and LP. I would like to know which Seymour Duncan pickup was installed in the Neck position. The only gripe I have about this guitar is that the neck pickup is a little bright and edgy and want to change it out for something else. I love the the bridge pickup. If would appreciate any data on this.

I purchased in July 2006. Thanks
Rex Goble


Hello Rex

Try turning down the tone knob on the front pickup, Those pickups are a special matched pair of Seymour Duncan Blackback pickups that are designed to be real creamy, brown & smooth on the neck position. The secret is to turn the tone knob all the way down.

If you try that and you aren't totally happy, I will swap out for any pickup you like for no charge.


Baker Bushwacker Quilt Top (Amber Finish)

Loaded Model
Ebony Board, Gold Hardware, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Grover Tuners, Push Pull Pots,
Matching Headstock, Super Quilted Top, Bound Body & Neck,  Tone Pros Bridge
$1,395.00   I defy any other company to come close.

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In 2006 Ed Roman decided to offer a  Neck Thru Body Baker Style Guitar. This guitar had to be worthy of using his own name on it.
Ed built 8 prototypes over a 3 year period before he got the final formula exact & perfected.
Ed consulted with a number of other luthiers before the project was ready to proceed.


The Architectural Specifications Were             Baker USA Models  NEW 2008

01. It had to look like the original Gene Baker design.

02. It must not be a set neck like the original.  It must be a neck thru body guitar.  (Better Resonance)

03. Tonal & sustain capabilities must exceed the original.

04. There Must Be The Usual Ed Roman Huge Choice of Tone Woods.

05. The bridge design had to exceed the original generic Les Paul Bridge.

06. The headstock had to be slightly smaller & in better proportion than the original.

07. Pickups would have to be hard mounted instead of spring loaded.

08. There must be choice of fingerboard woods.

09, It had to weigh in at least 5 lbs less than a Les Paul on average.

10, There must be an onboard parametric equalizer option for people who want to squeeze every bit of tone out of their guitar.

11, Chambering must be available (Tuned)

Baker USA Models  NEW 2008

Why Are Guitars Better Than Women ????

Before Marriage       After Marriage  After asking permission to buy a guitar
Guitars don't get pregnant.
You can play your Guitar any time of the month.
Guitars don't have parents.
Guitars don't whine... unless you want them to.
You can share your Guitar with your friends.
Guitars don't care how many other Guitars you've played
Guitars don't care how many other Guitars you have.
Guitars don't care if you look at other Guitars.
Guitars don't care if you buy Guitar magazines.
You'll never hear, "Surprise, you are going to proud father of a new Guitar" 
If your Guitar is flat you can fix it.
Your Guitar doesn't care if you never listen to it.
Your Guitar won't care if you leave up the toilet seat.
You don't have to be jealous of the guy who works on your Guitar.
If you say bad things to your Guitar, you don't have to apologize before you play it again.
You can play your Guitar as long as you want and it won't get sore.
You can stop playing your Guitar as soon as you want and it won't get frustrated.
Your parents won't remain in touch with your old Guitar after you dump it.
Guitars don't insult you if you're a bad player.
Your Guitar never wants a night out with the other Guitars.
Guitars don't care if you're late.
Guitars don't get headaches.
You don't have to take a shower before you play your Guitar.
If your Guitar doesn't look good you can refinish it or get new parts.
You can play your Guitar the first time you meet it,

Last but definitely not least

If you decide to trade in your old Guitar, You don't have to give up everything you own.