No Pickguard Models Are Called Scepters
New Lotus Model First Prototype
Tony Montana Of "Great White" Demo's A Pearlcaster
Custom Pearlcaster In Double Sienna Burst
New Color For 2010
Gabriella Versace Vegas Showgirl & Star Of Erocktica
Posing with A Few Pearlcaster's.
These are the finest most up to date traditional style guitars in the world !!!!!
Pearlcaster Versus The Competition
The competition doesn't even come close. This Guitar is a no holds barred top quality guitar designed for the retro market. Instead of using cheap low quality wood and swimming pool routed pickup cavities this guitar is built to an exacting standard. This guitar is made with top quality parts and woods. If Ed Roman couldn't have made it better than the original, He wouldn't have bothered to make it at all. The Pearlcaster guitar is fully made in the USA. The Pearlcaster will easily stand up to any custom shop guitar that costs three times as much.
Pearlcaster Comparison Read It !!!!!
Meatloaf in 2003 With Quilted Sunburst Pearlcaster
Pearlcaster Ball Bearing Tremolo, Duncan Pickups, Maple Neck
Pearloid Pickguard, Alder Body, Sperzel Tuners, Push Pull Pots, All Access Neck Joint.
Lefthanded Eric Clapton Crashocaster Paintjob
Tony Montana demo's Yet Another Pearlcaster
Scepter Model (No Pickguard)
Why is the "Pearlcaster" Better?
All Access Neck Joint, Totally Hand Made, Available with LSR Tuners.
MIDI available, Piezo System Available, 1500G Neck Mod Standard.
Titanium Saddles Available, Gold Frets Available, Stainless Steel Frets Available
Over 30 different Pickguard Materials available.
Emerald Green, Cobalt Blue, Lemon Yellow, Snakeskin, Flame Maple, Spalted
Maple, Figured Bubinga, Koa,
Quilted Maple, Sterling Silver, Pewter, Leather, Custom Graphics, etc etc.
Beautiful Quilted Maple Top Scepter Body
Reach The Top Frets On A Pearlcaster
|Solid Tonewood Bodies Korina, Mahogany, Alder, Swamp Ash, Koa.||Poplar, ash, alder sometimes veneered with Maple but never solid.|
|All access neck joint TM (Pictured Above)||Large bulky original neck heel (50 year old design)|
|200 colors available, Metalflake, Pearls, Flip Flop Available on any Model||Approximately 20 colors available limited to certain models. (Usually only 4 or 5 colors in any shop)|
|Choice of hardware gold, chrome or black||99% chrome occasionally gold on designated few models|
|Titanium Bridge Saddles Available||Not Available|
|Fingerboard Choices, Ebony, Rosewood, Maple, Pau Ferro, Morado, Brazilian RW, Macassar Ebony||Maple & Rosewood, occasionally Ebony on very few models.|
|Multiple Neck Woods available, Maple, Koa, Mahogany, Korina, Macassar Ebony, Solid Rosewood.||Maple only|
|Quilted Maple Drop Tops Available.||Not available just veneers.|
|100 Different pickguard materials available on any model.||Small selection and no interchangeability.|
|Solid Mount Pickups Available||Pickups Hung In Chambers|
|Choice Of Fret Size.||No.|
|Choice of bridge, Original Pearlcaster, Tune o matic, Mann Made, PRS, Floyd, Vintage, Hardtail||Very small selection.|
|One Piece Tungsten Alloy Tremolos Available||Not Available|
|Multiple Pickup Choices, EMG, Duncan, Fralin, Fender, Lace Sensors, PRS, Dimarzio, Rio Grande.||Very small selection.|
|1500 G neck mod standard on all models (no charge)||Not available.|
|Hand Made & Hand Signed.||Machine Made on CNC Machines.|
|Assembly, wiring, set up and initial fret job done by one man.||Done by a number of different people in a number of different buildings.|
|Nickel Silver, Stainless Steel, Gold Titanium Frets Available||Nickel & Nickel Silver Only|
|Graphtech Polytrinite Bridge Saddles Available.||Not Available.|
|Piezo System Available On Any Model||Not Available|
|Planet Waves Auto Trim Tuners Available||Not Available|
|LSR Tuners Available.||Not Available.|
|Available With Or Without Pickguards||Pickguards Only|
|All main parts made in USA by US Citizens (several bridges and tuners made in Germany by Schaller)||???????|
|All small components made in USA except some pots & switches made in Mexico & Asia.||??????????|
Hughie Thomasson of the Outlaws & Lynyrd Skynyrd
with one of his Pearlcaster's
"Rest In Peace"
The Finest Master Grade Tone Wood Available
First off I would like to say that I have purchased two Pearlcaster's from you in the past months.... One from John and the other from Scott. Both had Buzz Feiten setups and Duncan Vintage Rails, both sound and play just absolutely amazing! The second purchase I made was for a good friend of mine, Jerry Jennings, who has been playing for 35 years. He is extremely picky and often disappointed with the guitars he checks out. Recently he was giving serious consideration to an Anderson guitar he checked out. However, when he played my Pearlcaster he fell in love with it, much more so than the Anderson. Subsequently, I purchased one for him and he is loving it! Thank you for your tenaciousness and your drive to make a great guitar. The industry giants may not like you, but there are plenty of us out here in the real world who are playing and loving your guitars. Thanks again.
Now, onto the question of the day....
I have a PRS Custom 24 with a 5 position rotary switch that I am considering sending to your shop for some modifications. The modifications I am considering are as follows:
Buzz Feiten Set Up
Swap out for Seymour Duncan Black Backs that you are using in your Quicksilver's
Swap out for Push/Pull Pots and the 3 way toggle that you are using in your Quicksilver's
I guess I should ask this question first; Is it possible to change out the 5 way rotary for the 3 way toggle with the way the holes are drilled and the contour of the body? Depending on the cost, maybe I should just trade it in for one of your Quicksilver's?? The PRS is basically a never played guitar, so I don't know what it would be worth to you?
Your thoughts and recommendations are sincerely appreciated.
Mark A. Koher, Controller
Dean Restum Guitarist With Eric Burdon & The Animals
For 12 Years
With His Pearlcaster
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 now 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 & 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.
I appreciate you must get a zillion emails a day so don't concern yourself to reply but I felt I must drop you a quick note about your guitars.
I became aware of your website/store a couple of years ago and found your views on guitars very interesting and entertaining (I love the rants!) and decided one day I must get one of your guitars.
However, I live in England and have had no opportunity to visit Vegas and I didn't fancy just ordering one over the phone, spending a load of money and crossing my fingers to see what the hell arrived (especially as a number of other websites are quite critical of your guitars).
Anyway... I occasionally look on evil bay on the off chance a Quicksilver or Pearlcaster might turn up at a price worth 'taking a risk' and a few weeks ago one did.
I am the proud owner of a lovely Pearlcaster (Serial # 403).
What a great piece!
It looks gorgeous, it's a pleasure to play and it sounds fantastic.
I am really blown away by how versatile it is, the different sounds you can get from this beast with the different pickup combinations are awesome.
I have a pile of 'quality' guitars but this is now my weapon of choice. In the past I'd switch between different guitars on stage to get the sounds I wanted, now I can get everything out of this one guitar.
On the strength of this, when I get some spare cash I will be seriously thinking about getting a Quicksilver to join it.
Thanks for making a great guitar!
You Sir, Are a Revolutionary
I've been to your store quite a few times, the Pearlcaster is mine once finances provide. I've just recently been reading your Rants on your website, and I can't seem to stop. I really just wanted to thank you for putting your thoughts up online. More people really need to read all of that, for the entertainment value alone, aside from all the valuable information. Thanks for providing the world with some great guitars to make Vegas stand out. Thank you again, and really I hope you read, and no need to reply.
Custom guitar built 15 years ago, sent in 12/2010 for refurbishing.