If You Want To Buy A Kit Guitar Please Read Pertinent Facts
It is designed exactly like a PRS, except utilizing a much better bridge and pickup mounting system. Plus it's 24 frets!
|Kit #||Kit Guitar Description||Image||Price|
|Double-Cut Archtop, PRS / Quicksilver Style, Paddle Headstock Ready for Your Custom Shape, Our Best Selling Low Cost Kit||$239.00|
|Stratus Kit, 3 Single Coil Pickups, Tremolo Tailpiece, Paddle Headstock Ready for Your Custom Shape||$149.00|
|Telus Kit, 2 Single Coil Pickups, Paddle Headstock Ready for Your Custom Shape||$149.00|
|Bass Kit, Paddle Headstock Ready for Your Custom Shape||$199.00
|Semi Hollow Telus, 2 Chrome Covered Pickups, Paddle Headstock Ready for Your Custom Shape||$199.00|
ALL KITS COME WITH ALL PARTS NEEDED TO COMPLETELY ASSEMBLE GUITAR
|Headstock Carve||We'll custom cut the headstock to your specifications.||$100.00|
|Upgraded Tuners||Not all tuners line up exactly, please be aware.||POR|
|TonePros Bridge||Please be aware that the TonePros Bridge will require doweling the bridge posts on the body and then redrilling to fit the superior TonePros Bridge. This bridge is a superior bridge and will not lose intonation like most other bridges.||$100.00|
|Kent Armstrong Pickups||Higher quality pickups that split coils and sound far better than stock.||$33.00|
|Duncan '59 Pickups||An all around favorite.||$69.95|
|EMG 81 and 85 Pickups||$89.00|
|Lace Sensor Pickups||Red, Blue and Silver: these utilize 250K pots, set of 3 pickups||$119.00|
|Lace Sensor Pickups||Gold: these utilize 250K pots||$119.00|
|250K Pots||The pots Ed Roman supplies are smoother and will last years before they crackle.||$8.00|
|500K Pots||The pots Ed Roman supplies are smoother and will last years before they crackle.||$9.00|
|Stutter Switch||Includes routing||$68.00|
|Schaller Straplocks||High quality||$22.00|
We are very committed to helping you build your guitar, We will assist you after the sale as much as we can.
The manufacturer of the above cost kits will repair or replace any defects directly.
These kits are all of different quality levels all of them are well designed. The more expensive ones allow for bolting or gluing the neck. Some of the less expensive ones are intended to compete with the junk on Ebay.
If you are a novice builder please do not expect to be able to build a world class instrument in your garage. These kits are intended for people who cannot afford to buy the best that Ed Roman has to offer. If you purchase any of our custom recommended kits & have problems we will help you in any way we can. In the event of defective parts we will refer you directly to the kit manufacturer. If for some reason the manufacturer does not make things right we will drop the product from our website. So far there have been no problems with the manufacturer.
Big corporations like Gibson employ a technique of sales that is very deceptive. They price everything very high. This fools many people into believing that it must be good, After all it costs more! I can state this for a fact because when I worked for Gibson in the 90's my bosses all the way up to the CEO of the company told me that was their sales pitch.
If you want one of our high quality $3,500.00 custom guitars you can figure out the price by going to our website pricelist and adding up the items that you want. When you have finished adding up the costs you can generally subtract $1,100.00 from the normal price. On some models like the Kingpin and the Prince Symbol you could subtract more than $3,000.00
Kits Include All Quality Hardware, Switches, Wiring, Pickups & Tuners
|Kit #||Kit Guitar Description||Image||Price|
|5150 Kit USA Duncan Pickups & Original Floyd Rose, High Quality Parts, USA Made Body & Neck
Please notate that these are not sold painted
Please notate that these are not sold painted
|CBGB Kit, 100% USA Made Johnny Ramone Style Kit||$999.00|
|J. Frog Kit, Original Floyd Rose Bridge, Switches, Wiring, Duncan Pickup & Grover Tuners, Choice of Maple Or Rosewood Fingerboard||$699.00|
|Custom Headstock Design Custom Pre Cut To Your Specifications||100.00|
|Original Fender Body Painted 50 or More To Choose From All Stock Colors (Custom Colors)||$300.00|
|Original J Frog Body Painted, Limited Availability (Same Body Kramer Copied For The Baretta)||$360.00|
|Monterey Paint Jobs, Crashocaster Paint Jobs, EVH Paint Jobs (You Name It) $500.00 to $1,200.00||POR|
|Reverse Headstock Jackson, J Frog, Kramer & Others||$50.00|
|Tremolo German Made Original Case Hardened Floyd Rose Tremolo, Springs, studs, screws etc.||$120.00|
|Original Charvel Body Painted||$299.00|
|Swamp Ash Body Lightweight||$150.00|
|Korina Body Clean Grain Lightweight||$550.00|
|Korina Body Paint Grade No Filler Lightweight||$250.00|
|Honduras Mahogany Body Lightweight Clean Grain||$200.00|
|Frankenstrat Body Rough Routed with Broken Pickguard||$80.00|
|Bourns Plastic Conductive Potentiometer (Upgrade From The Kit)||$30.00|
|Schaller Tuners - OUT OF STOCK|
|Steinberger Designed Tuners||$60.00|
|Fender Licensed Neck||$100.00|
|Original Mosrite USA Made Necks With Logo etc||$750.00|
|Original Fender Neck (ALA Charvel) Aged & Relic'd||$750.00|
|Original Kramer Neck Cutball Headstock||$350.00|
|All Access Neck Joint (Frankenstrat Only) Body & Neck Custom modded||$290.00|
|Seymour Duncan Proprietary Black/Back Pickup (Same pickup we installed in EVH's Guitar)||$125.00|
|Custom Pickup Routing||$30.00|
|1500 G Neck Mod. (Makes Your Guitar Play Like The Devil On Hot Oil)||$225.00|
|Custom Paint Any Color You Can Think Up. (We Just Need A Sample)||POR|
|Relic Entire Guitar (Exactly Like Eddie's or the 25,000.00 Charvel Model)||$500.00|
|Heavy Relic Guitar Like The Jaco Pastorius or the Rory Gallagher Fenders||$750.00|
|Reflector Set For Van Halen Style Gtr||$35.00|
|5150 Decal with 2 Stars, Hand-cut, Space Tape||$30.00|
|Black Hardware all screws included||160.00|
|Gold Hardware all screws included||188.00|
|Original BC Rich, Kramer, Jackson, Charvel, ESP, Fender, Mosrite Neckplate Including Serial #||$100.00|
|Stutter Switch Includes Routing||$68.00|
|Install Floyd Studs Set Neck Geometry||$45,00|
|Direct Couple Neck Kits (Machine Screws, Inserts, Grommets etc)||$25.00|
|Install & Align Brass Inserts In Neck for Direct Couple Kit||$75.00|
|Ultratone Custom Preamp System With Varitone & Tone Control (18 Volt System)||$149.00|
|Piezoelectric Acoustic System With all Preamps Bridges Saddles etc etc||$288.00|
|Midi System With Custom Preamp||$144.00|
|Neck||Hockey Stick, or Fender Style Maple Fretboard|
|Body||Paint Grade Ash (not much figure)|
|Tremolo||Original case hardened Floyd Rose Trem, springs, studs, screws etc|
|Pickup||Seymour Duncan Premium 59 Pickup (substitutions can be extra)|
|Tuners||Grover Mini 6 In Line, Chrome, all mounting screws|
|Locknut||Floyd Rose original shelf mount & mounting screws|
|Knob||Correct Knob MXR style|
|Neck bolts||4 Stainless Bolts|
|Neck Plate||Chrome Plated|
|Cavity Cover||Parallelogram with 4 screws|
|Jackplate||Oblong Or Fender Style including jack|
Options For Upgrading
Any Kit Guitar
If You Don't See What You Are Looking For Call Us
All Options Pertaining To
any EVH Kit Highlighted in Purple
Items Highlighted Are Not Necessary To Build The Kit !!!! They Are Upgrades
Be Super Careful of eBay 5150 Kramers
99% of the people who are building The EVH 5150 paint job guitars ( there are lots these days) are using cheap Korean Kramer's as the core for the job. In fact Kramer never made a non tilt headstock in the USA. The only ones that came with the non tilt headstock are the Korean made Strikers & 1 model Japanese Focus. I have seen some of these guitars and they are far from acceptable. So be careful if you are considering buying one of those.
Eddie's Original guitar came with a non tilt Banana type headstock. The Kramer headstocks that Music Yo is peddling has a thinner profile and a slight hook on the end. The angle the picture is taken can effectively camouflage the thinner and different looking headstock.
Lynn Ellsworth made the
original bodies for Eddie Van Halen, Wayne Charvel,
J. Frog & others.
Exact Duplicate of Eddie's 1980 neck
Skunk Stripe, Non Tilt Hockey Stick Headstock
BC Rich Necks Available,
The easiest way to identify Eddie Van Halen’s guitars
is to associate them with the corresponding Van Halen Album.
Eddie is not only famous for his unique talents, experimental techniques, or his rehab career, but for the unmistakable way he makes his guitars.
Eddie has been modifying and sometimes destroying guitars from the very beginning of his career.
You can’t listen to Eruption without seeing him play that Black & White striped guitar.
He perhaps is the main reason people build kit guitars today.
Eddie’s most famous guitars & the albums
Van Halen 1
Obviously the guitar best well known for this album is the original Black and White Frankenstrat. This heavily valued guitar started out life as a $130.00, factory second, fire wood, neck and body which Eddie bought from a company called Boogie Bodies. He took it home and immediately sprayed it black with a can of Schwinn bicycle paint. He also made a pickguard for it. Eddie loved the sound of an old PAF. humbucker, so he chiseled a hunk of wood out of the body so the pickup could fit. He also liked the strat tremolo but had trouble keeping it in tune. He installed a brass nut, had to keep it lubricated, and turned the ball end of the string in sync with the turning of the machine head as he tuned the instrument. The guitar ended up getting the stripe pattern as he masked off the guitar and sprayed white, keeping only what he wanted to be black.
Today's Pickup manufacturers all offer some type of pickup that they call their EVH Clone. Ed Roman has done extensive research on this and offers several different versions with his kits.
Interesting Footnote: The CBS strat headstock has a Gibson logo, and the very fine black stripes are actually electrical tape. Today Eddie's pickups are custom wound. Contact Ed Roman for Custom Wound duplicates or get the special Tom Holmes pickups that emulate the 50's PAF.
Van Halen II
This guitar was featured in the artwork of the second album. It was finished and delivered just in time for the photo shoot. Although Eddie used this guitar live during the tour, he never really used it again unlike most of the other guitars.
Not venturing far from the first guitar, it features a single humbucker pickup, one volume control, maple neck and a tremolo. This guitar did have one new feature, the locking tremolo which was developed by Floyd Rose. Soon, almost every guitar he had will use this system.
Interesting Footnote: This guitar was made famous again when Eddie laid the guitar to rest with the late Dimebag Darrell.
Contact Ed Roman For Pricing On This
Women & Children First "The Shark" click for more details
This guitar was used on many of the recordings of the first three albums. Anytime you don’t hear a dive-bomb or tremolo, chances are that Eddie was using this guitar. He loved it. The guitar was originally an Ibanez Destroyer which was only made for a few years. Our sue happy corporate friends at Gibson Sued for design infringements.
Features include two humbuckers, two volumes, and a selector switch which Eddie used for another little trick. Just listen to “You Really Got Me” and you’ll know what I’m talking about. As you can probably assume, Eddie couldn’t leave this one alone either.
Armed with a saw, he transformed the original shape into something resembling a shark’s jaw. Hence the nickname, “Shark”. He then proceeded to stripe and paint the guitar with silver and red metallic colors. Many people assume it is white & red. It is actually silver.
Exact copies of this guitar are rarely available because they are hard to make and you have to destroy an Ibanez very expensive Korina guitar for it to be exact. However they are available from Ed Roman. Ed prides himself in having all the impossible to get models.
Ed will even make you a body that is made from Korina if you like.
Three of the tuners are chrome and the other three are gold.
This is what Eddie started with an Original 70's Ibanez Destroyer
Today these guitars will easily bring more money than most Gibson's
The Ibanez guitars were much better made and they sounded far better
Ed Roman has made several copies of this and
"The Shark" in neck through body versions
You can buy the entire body core assembled or buy it as a kit.
Contact Ed Roman's Custom Shop
Fair Warning (Unchained)
Eddie only used this guitar live for the song Unchained. He needed a guitar that was already tuned to “Drop D” since it is difficult to do so live with a locking tremolo. The alluring features of this guitar are the various circles and the fact that it has not been well photographed. I guess Eddie was getting tired of just the stripes so he decided to go with a rather bizarre look for this one. Otherwise it is a pretty standard Eddie guitar with all of the right ingredients.
This guitar is available Contact Ed Roman.
Interesting Footnote: Eddie has patented a device that instantly drops the low E string to a D for locking tremolos aptly name the “D tuna.
Currently this guitar is in stock and available to ship instantly.
This is the most famous & recognizable guitar Eddie ever made. What can I say about this guitar. It’s the shit!!!
Normal people look at this thing and have to think it is the ugliest thing they have ever seen. Guitarists look at it and think the exact opposite.
Eddie has played this on every tour & it has the battle scars to prove it.
Eddie broke the original neck which led him to replace it a handful of times.
|Version 1||Version 2||Version 3|
Kits are available for any version you like
Most of the guitar doesn’t even work! The neck pickup is dead and disconnected. The selector switch is not doing any switching. And the pickguard is not guarding any picks. Probably the most useful thing on the guitar is the 1971 quarter place under the bridge as to keep it from pulling backwards. And to top it all off, Eddie put truck reflectors on the back of the guitar.'
Why?? Because he thought it looked cool. Ed Roman just purchased 1000 of these reflectors, They are available in any of the kits.
Interesting Footnote: At one point the guitar had a Hockey stick or “Banana” headstock neck which was originally designed by J. Frog. Kramer made it famous. Gibson tried to sue for rights to the headstock but J Frog had a 24 year
head start at the time.
J. Frog, is the designer genius from the early 80's who built George Lynch's Skull N' Bones guitar. He also built several other famous signature guitars check it out.
These J Frog Guitars are also available in kits. But there are numerous royalties paid so the prices aren't as good as the rest of our kits.
Probably the second most well known of Eddie’s guitars is the 5150. This became his main stage guitar after he retired the Frankenstrat. The guitar was actually a backup on the 1984 tour. Eddie seemed to demote and promote guitars regularly, but never lost interest in what was suitable for him. Built much like the other guitars, the 5150 was made by a little known company called Kramer. Eddie and Kramer built many 5150 style guitars that were either used by Eddie, or given away to friends or contests. The only really interesting features on the guitar are the “Space Tape” numbers and stars.
Interesting Footnote: Eddie split the headstock at the sixth tuner and had Ernie Ball fix it. Then Ernie Ball company put a Music Man logo over the Kramer logo. "I don't think that is very Kosher"
Note From Ed
That was a really slimy thing to do.
Kinda like, what ESP did to J Frog for the Dokken Videos. ESP also removed and therefore ruined all of George Lynch's original Kramers by taking off the original necks and replacing them with imported ESP Necks. The people at ESP also blatantly ripped off the George Lynch Skull N' Bones and to top it off it was probably one of the worst made ESP guitars I have ever seen. We sued ESP for the theft and it cost them 1,000.00 for every guitar that they made. Currently we are getting ready to sue another company for the same thing.
Honorable mention: The “1984” guitar has all of the same features with a slightly different stripe pattern. This was used as a backup to the 5150.
Definitely, one of Eddie’s most bizarre guitars. Eddie always likes new and interesting things. The Steinberger caught his attention. The features on this guitar were very futuristic; Active EMG humbuckers, Fiberglass neck and body, no headstock, and a tremolo that seemed nearly impossible to comprehend.
The Trans Trem system is unique in that it transposes and locks the strings so that it is still in tune. Eddie loved it. But there was still something missing. The Red, White & Black stripes.
When I saw Eddie the first time he played these (He had several of them.
Eddie was a huge fan of headless guitars, during that era the band was traveling a lot and the headless guitars are known for better stability and control when the weather & climate affect the tuning and the neck.
Eddie favored the small ones although he told Ed Roman that he would have preferred a wooden body. Ed made a beautiful LSR headless guitar for Eddie and delivered it to him personally in 1998.
Eddie made it cool to play a Steinberger or any Headless Guitar.
Note from Ed
This of course is nowhere near all of Eddie's Guitars, He has lots of really cool and interesting guitars. some old 79 Dean V's a lot of Steinbergers, He has LSR number 2, I built it for him in the mid nineties.
The guitars in this article are the signature guitars that made him famous. I personally have a copy of every one of them in my collection. And I know where some of the original high quality copies are. Contact me directly if you are looking for any particular model. I have a line on most of them.
The Ernie Ball, Peavey & Charvel Guitars were cut from a totally different cloth. Don't get me wrong, some of them are pretty good. But they don't qualify as the real deal.
Eddie's Most Famous Guitars
|Album Featured On||Name Of Guitar||Identifying Markings|
|Van Halen 1||VH-1||White With Black Stripes|
|Van Halen II||VH-2||Black With Yellow Stripes|
|Women & Children First||The Shark||Silver & Red Cut Up Ibanez Body|
|Fair Warning||Unchained||White With Circles|
|1984||Frankenstrat (3 versions)||Red White & Black Broken guard|
|5150||5150||Red White & Black Space Tape 5150|
|OU812||OU812||Red White & Black Steinberger|
Interesting Footnote: The OU812 Steinberger was used on 5150, You can hear the trans trem.
A custom made Korina Tone Wood body made to retrofit on Albert May's Ibanez Petrucci Guitar. When Albert rebuilt his Petrucci guitar he used his original neck and my shop made him this wonderfully resonant Korina body. The tonal difference was so incredible that a even a beginner could immediately hear the difference. These are currently in stock.
Notice the step routed pickup cavity. This allows the replacement pickups to mount directly to the body instead of floating on springs. This factor makes the pickups and guitar resonate together. More gain before feedback and significantly clearer highs and tighter lows.
We compared the original Dimarzio pickups (Stock) against the Seymour Duncan Black/Backs TM and we were astounded by the difference. The Dimarzio's distorted horribly on the low end compared to the Duncan's.
The other comparison of note was the Tremolo. We compared the Stock Ibanez Tremolo against the real Original Floyd Rose The tonal difference was again immediately apparent. The original Floyd Rose is made to extremely close tolerances. The steel is hardened to 60 Rockwell. Not only did the guitar hold tune better it sounded better and was much more responsive than the original Ibanez model. The Ibanez Original performed adequately however.
You can now have a kit for absolutely any guitar you want to
To remain within the bounds of legality Ed Roman will make certain headstocks slightly different.
usually these headstock might have a lump or bump on them to make them legal.
Ed Roman accepts no responsibility if the buyer shaves the bump off the headstock!!!
We offer most shapes for most popular & hard
to find guitars.
We also can custom hand make any extremely oddball body shape,
Les Paul Necks Break
We offer a replacement aftermarket neck in almost any wood combination with or without a volute.
We can make exact replacement San Dimas Necks & Bodies, Van Halen Shark guitars,
However We can legally
custom build any shape you want as long as it is a one time custom job
We can also repair any neck body or bodycore that you send us !!!!
| Be Careful of E-Bay 5150 Kramers
& Other Van Halen Parts Suppliers
99% of the people who are building The EVH 5150 paint job guitars (and there are lots these days) are using cheap Korean & Chinese Kramers as the core for the job. In fact Kramer never made a non tilt headstock in the USA. The only ones that came with the non tilt headstock are the Korean made Strikers & 1 model Imported Focus. I have seen some of these guitars and they are far from accurate. So be careful if you are considering buying one of those.
Most of Eddie's original guitars came with a non tilt Banana type headstock.
KIT #5151 This one has a reverse headstock & black hardware
Kit Guitar With Reverse
Headstock No Extra Charge
Lynn Ellsworth made the bodies for Wayne Charvel, J Frog &
USA made, top quality guaranteed perfect fit
Bodies are all completely routed and ready to go
Skunk Stripe, Non Tilt Hockey Stick Headstock
Hard Rock Birdseye Maple, perfect fit every time
$289.00 - 100% USA made.
All These Guitars Are
Available In Kit Form
Contact Ed Roman
Here are some of the more FAQ's about our kits:
Ed Roman Responds !!!!
Q: How do you get all these new parts when the
manufacturers like PRS,
Jackson, Fender or Ibanez
refuse to sell them?
A: Simple, I disassemble brand new & used guitars and sell them for parts.
Q: If these companies don't want parts sold, Why don't they refuse to sell to you because you are disassembling. What would you do then?
A: Simple, I will two step the product from other dealers, I will do whatever is necessary to buy the product. Be assured I will always have most of the hard to find parts I take apart every Ernie Ball guitar that I get because parts are actually worth more. Consequently I don't do any business directly with them.
Q: Why is it that these companies don't want parts sold?
A: Some of them say they are afraid that someone might make forgeries but I suspect the truth is they want to sell you a new guitar.
Q: Why do you make aftermarket parts for these companies?
A: In the case of Gibson, Ibanez, ESP or other Asian companies I can make a much better looking & sounding product, In the case of companies like PRS I can offer different variations of hardware than the originals. I can also offer 42 variations in Tonewood that none of these companies are willing to provide.
Original Bodies & Neck Also
BC Rich, Jackson, Paul Reed Smith, Fender, Hamer, Steinberger,
Ibanez, Kramer, Charvel, ESP, Gibson, J Frog, and more!
Licensed by Fender maple and rosewood necks available
Quicksilver Necks 100% interchangeable with PRS necks.
Graphite and Exotic wood necks available!
Call for more information on Schon bodyblanks, custom guitars and kits!!!
When Albert rebuilt his Petrucci guitar he used his original neck and my shop made him this wonderfully resonant Korina Body. The tonal difference was so incredible that a even a beginner could immediately hear the difference. These bodies are currently in stock.
Notice the step routed pickup cavity. This allows the replacement pickups to
mount directly to the body instead of floating on springs.
We compared the original Dimarzio pickups (stock) against the Seymour Duncan Black/Backs TM and we were astounded by the difference. The Dimarzio's distorted horribly on the low end compared to the Duncan's.
The other comparison of note was the Tremolo. We compared the stock Ibanez tremolo against the real Original Floyd Rose The tonal difference was again immediately apparent. The original Floyd Rose is made to extremely close tolerances. The steel is hardened to 60 Rockwell. Not only did the guitar hold tune better it sounded better and was much more responsive than the original Ibanez model. See Scorpion Guitars
Ed Roman can build absolutely any body shape you can think of in a 7-String design
Famous Kiss Guitars All Available Call Ed Roman
Chris Holmes Model Available
Eddie Van Halen Available
Chris Holmes Available
Vinnie Vincent Available As A Kit You Save $1,500.00 To $2,000.00
Vito Bratta Available As A Kit Save $1,500.00
Paul Stanley Available
We Can Make You A Kit For
Almost Any Guitar
Average Prices $1,100.00 Below The Normal Cost Of The Guitar
Ed Roman Guitars will sell you a kit for almost any guitar that you can find on this website.
These kits are just as custom as when we build them !!! The price that we sell the kits for averages savings of 1,100.00 Cheaper than if you bought the guitar.
On an expensive guitar like the Symbol Or
The Kingpin you could
save as much as $3,000.00 by buying it in kit form.
Call Our Custom Shop 702.875.4552 We will be glad to sell you all the components for a custom guitar in kit form. Have your local luthier build it for you or do it yourself.
Don't email us about kits. Currently we get about 6 requests for kit quotes a day by Email. I can't remember ever actually selling one from an Email quote. If you must do an email quote we require a $50.00 nonrefundable deposit on the kit !!!! (Sorry but time is money)