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Ed Roman: What's up with that?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Max, May 20, 2001.

  1. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    I was wondering what he and his store are like from you on the East Coast that know him or have been to the store. Some of the things he says on his website crack me up, as do a lot of the crazy looking guitars. He certainly claims to be the biggest and baddest retailer out there? True?
  2. Hey Max. In January I called the phone number on his website, and I got Ed Roman himself on the phone. If you know what you're talking about, and know what you want, he's a great guy to talk with. I have one piece of advice though, "bring money". He says on his website that he always has plenty of Ibanez and Jackson necks laying around, because he builds so many replacement necks for them. Well, guess what? He didn't have any Jackson necks at the moment, but he would build one for $1,200. When I told him that I couldn't afford that much, he was really cool. I think if he has what you want in stock, you'll be all set. I've seen some people complain on the Jackson Guitars website complain about him though. I'd just call him and see if you can work with him. Hope this helps!!
  3. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    The Ed Roman website, while endlessly amusing in its bombast, seems to give short shrift to basses (despite the fact that Ed appears to have built them for a short period). Most of the content I've seen is of the "buy this boutique maker's $6000 ultra-custom Les Paul/PRS guitar" variety.

    I'm not sure if he has a bona fide store, or if he just works out of his home. He does, however, have a nice assortment of...erm...saleswomen.
  4. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    I've been to his shop, I'm not sure if he lives there or not. Check the discussion groups on Google you'll get a good laugh at what's said about him. As for my own dealings with him, far less than satisfactory is all I'll say(if you want to know more, email me). If you do comparison shopping you'll find that his prices are pretty high, especially for Steinberger stuff which he does not have a lot of. He's not to be trusted.
  5. dodah


    Aug 27, 2000
    Hey don't be so negative!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    I have had great success obtaining very hard to find Steinberger parts from Ed Roman. I did however have to pay a hard to find price for them, but when you play Steinies exclusively what do ya do???

    Da groove is what makes ya move
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    uuuhhhhhh ... change brands?
  7. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Play nice, Munji. ;) Some of us LIKE Steinbergers.

    The folks over at Steinberger World on WeeheeGroups (formerly YahooClubs) are absolutely BRUTAL in their treatment of Ed Roman. It makes for great reading!
  8. Thomguy


    Oct 15, 2001
    New York, USA
    Ed is one of my customers and my best advice in dealing with him is to know what you're going to say before you call. Know the type of product, what you're willing to pay for it, your shipping address, etc. If you can rattle all that stuff off as quickly as possible, you can stand to get some great deals from him. He's a good guy though, a little edgy and perhaps crusty, but I don't think he's bent on being evil or anything, just opinionated. And will tell you so.
  9. After mentioning my interest in commissioning a custom bass, a knowledgeable fellow recommended that I check out Ed Roman's website and compare his work to the builder I have in mind.

    I just don't think I would want to do business with the guy. Everyone's entitled to their opinions, but when someone espouses a very thinly veiled distaste for an entire ethnic group (the Japanese) and hires strung-out-looking women bearing small cannons and cheesy guitars within the first three clicks on the website, I just lose interest.

    1. If you want to espouse anti-Japanese rhetoric, go figure out where to do it (I certainly don't ever want to see it).
    2. If you want cheesy, strung-out and trashy-looking women, open a damn porn site.
    3. If you want to sell super high-dollar stringed instruments, avoid (1) and (2). [/list=1] Just my thoughts.
  10. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    You should see what Ed himself looks like. :D

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