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Gibson Les Paul Guitars vs. Abstract Maximus Guitars

Roman Abstract Maximus USA Made Custom Shop Guitar
 Do The Comparison !!!!

Gibson Les Paul Std. PRS Singlecut Abstract Maximus
No Comment Good Best
Production Model Production Model Hand Made Master Built Guitar
Set Neck Set Neck Neck Through Body
22 Frets 22 Frets 24 Frets or 22 Frets
Plastic Nut Graphite Nut Graphite Nut   (free)
Large Heel Large Heel Absolutely No Heel
Spring Loaded Pickups Spring Loaded Pickups Hard Mounted Pickups
Stock Gibson Pickups Stock PRS Pickups Your Choice Any Brand
Korean Kluson Tuners Imported Korean Kluson Tuners German Schaller Locking Tuners
Maple Top Mahogany Body Maple Top Mahogany Body Your Choice of 42 Different Woods
Tune-O-matic Bridge Not Available Tune-O-Matic Bridge (Tone Pros)
Not Available Wrap Around Bridge Available But Not Recommended
Non Tremolo Stock Tremolo Floyd Rose or Kahler Or PRS Tremolo
Not Available Not Available Strings Through Body
Not Available Not Available Ferrari Rails
No Choice No Choice Choice Of Knob Location & Layout
Mahogany Neck Mahogany Neck Choice of 7 Different Woods
Fingerboard Rosewood Fingerboard Rosewood Fingerboard Ebony, Maple  Exotics
Plastic Pickguard No Pickguard Customer Choice no charge
Body Binding No Body Binding Body Binding Optional
Neck Binding No Neck Binding Neck Binding Optional
No Headstock Binding No Headstock Binding Headstock Binding Optional
1/2 Inch Top 3/4 Inch Top 3/4 Inch Top
Plastic Inlays MOP Inlays Abalone Inlays
Limited Color Options Limited Color Options Unlimited Color Options
1 Size Frets 1 Size Frets Your Choice Any Size Frets
Nickel Frets Nickel Silver Frets Nickel Silver Frets
Not Available Not Available Gold Frets Available
Not Available Not Available Stainless Frets (Not Recommended)
No String Through Body No String Through Body Strings Through Body
Customer Cannot Supply Parts Customer Cannot Supply Parts Customer Can Supply Parts
Holly Overlay On Headboard Plastic Fiber Overlay Choice Of Exotic Woods
Logo Paper Decal Under Finish Gold Shiny Decal Over the Finish Inlaid Logo Or Gold Under Finish

The Maximus is a totally custom made guitar it's closest competitors are production made cookie cutter models. Ed Roman's Maximus has been in development for 7 years and finally it has been released to the market.

This Model Promises to be one of Ed Roman's Best Selling Guitars Ever !!!!

Full reach to 24th fret. This guitar comes in a 27 and 29 fret model also.

Ed Roman Abstract "Maximus" Price List




Like Most Ed Roman Guitars Knob Placement Is Completely Up To You

Some Preliminary Suggestions For Custom Knob Placement
We Would Like To Hear Your Ideas

To see a bigger assortment of electronic layouts 
see JET Guitars.


Mahogany Body With Macassar Ebony Fingerboard
5 Piece Neck Through Construction With Macassar Ebony Neck


The Maximus is Ed Roman's answer to that antiquated guitar that weighs too much and is built so that the neck is guaranteed to break sooner or later. You know the one I'm referring to,  your fathers guitar.

The Maximus is light, stable.  It will NOT break. It comes with a lifetime warranty against headstock breakage.  The competition leaves off a volute and tilts the headstock so far that the chance of breakage is very high. The Maximus is available in any scale you want. Standard of course is 25".

All Abstract guitars are available with almost any custom modification you could think of. You can choose the wood you want, We carry 44 different types of wood on the premises. You can choose whatever pickups you like, We carry all the major brand names and many boutique brands like Tom Holmes. You can order most models with any headstock on our list or design something yourself. You can choose the hardware and you can design the electronics.  Most models are available in Basses, Doublenecks, Neck Through Body, Bolt On, Headless like a Steinberger, Baritones, Left Handed or whatever your heart desires. 

Abstract Guitars are only slightly more money than production made guitars from other companies, Abstract Guitars are thousands of dollars less than what other companies choose to call custom shop guitars. We Offer the Buzz Feiten Tuning System, Direct Coupling

All Abstract guitars are built entirely in the USA and carefully & lovingly set up just before we sell them. All Abstract guitars come with a super stable very fast neck & neck heel.  we don't offer limited warranties like all the big companies Abstract Guitars come with  FULL Warranty, parts & labor.


Due to the fact that Gibson headstocks break so much we have decided to offer a lifetime warranty on the Maximus neck. We really aren't too worried we will have to replace too many because we use a volute on the back of the headstock. We also use an intelligent headstock angle which should prevent any breakage.


There are literally thousands of options. Just because you don't see it listed doesn't mean we don't offer it.
Just ask, It's extremely rare that we cannot accommodate you!!!!



  Body Core Neck Thru Mahogany & Maple Premium $2,400.00 $1,650.00
  All Access Neck Heel     Free
  24 Fret Double Octave Neck     Free
  25" Scale      Free
  Solid Mount Pickups     Free
  Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard (Premium)     Free
  Tone Chambers     Free
  Choice Of Switch & Knob Positioning     Free
B Handmade Side Dot Inlays, Custom Routing Pickups, Cavities, Tremolos  etc.     Free


  Gold Hardware $220.00 $150.00
  Black Hardware $220.00 $150.00
  Ebony Fingerboard (Premium Gaboon)   (suggested) $220.00 $150.00
  Brazilian Rosewood      Call
  Maple Fingerboard $220.00 $150.00
  Bound Neck & Headstock Std Headstocks $450.00 $290.00
Finishes Polyurethane, Polyester, Nitrocellulose, Graphics etc etc


  Solid Colors $850.00 $500.00
  Candy Finishes 2 Part   $900.00 $600.00
  Pearl Finishes 2 Part  $1,175.00 $800.00
  Transparent Finish Clear Neck Body & Headstock $800.00 $500.00
  Translucent Finish Candy Colors Aniline Stains Neck Body & Headstock $850.00 $600.00
  Enhanced Stain 5 Part Neck Body & Headstock $590.00 $360.00
  French Rubbed Finish Oiled & Waxed $1,275.00 $850.00
  Oiled Body Machine Buffed $250.00 $150.00
  Marbleized Finishes Neck Body & Headstock $1,375.00 $875.00
Inlays Absolutely Any Inlay Available


  Block Inlays, Crown Inlays "Real Abalone" $390.00 $260.00
  Custom Inlays (Anything You Want)   POR
  Yin Yang, Planets $690.00 $490.00
Wood Choice of 42 Wood combinations Click Here


  Lamination Charge Body   (Hippie Sandwich Alembic Style) $300.00 $200.00
  Droptop Maple Nicely Figured Quilt or Flame Bookmatched $300.00 $200.00
  Quilted Maple Top Bookmatched  AAAAA    POR
  Flame Maple Top Bookmatched  AAAAA    POR
  Standard Maple Top Bookmatched   $200.00
  Exotic Tops, Walnut, Koa, Brazilian, Zebrano, Cocobolo, Myrtle. etc   POR
  Macassar Ebony Neck Through Body   $900.00
  Korina Neck Through Body   $800.00
  Maple Neck Through Body   NC
  Mahogany Neck Through   NC
  Matching Headstock Overlay   $370.00 $250.00
  Ebony Headstock Overlay $160.00 $100.00


  Tune-0-Matic Bridge (Gibson Style)   $029.00
  Tune-O-Matic Bridge By Tone Pros  Highly Recommended $180.00 $100.00
  Wraparound Bridge  (PRS Style)   Not Recommended   $060.00
  Quadmatic Bridge (BCR Style)    Not Recommended   $110.00
  Floyd Rose Tremolo Bridge   $250.00
  Floyd Rose Speedloader Bridge   $300.00
  Kahler Tremolo Bridge   (Different Models)     POR
  Ultratone Bridge (Pearlcaster)   $188.00
  Bigsby Tremolo    (Different Models )     POR
  Piezo Systems, Midi Systems,        POR
  Hamer Original 70's Sustain Block Bridge    $244.00


  Ferrari Rails Tailpiece   $216.00
  Finger Style Tailpiece   (Different Models)     POR
  Sheet Metal Plate Custom Design  (Ala Billy Bo)   $150.00
  String Through Body Ferrules (Installed)   $100.00
  Tone Pros Tailpiece     $60.00


  Seymour Duncans,    $79.95 EA
  Gold Poles on Pickups    
  Gold Covers on Pickups    
  Gold Pickup Rings Also Available Abalone, MOP & Wood Rings    
  EMG Pickups   $99.00 EA
  PP3 Coil Taps & Push Pull System $56.00 $36.00
  Tom Holmes Barden, Fralin,  (Customer Supplied OK)   POR


  Straplocks $35.00 $25.00
  Assembly Fret Job & Wiring   $400.00
  Binding Neck & Headstock   $300.00
  Tuning Keys Locking    $60.00
  Misc, Pots, Knobs, Strings, Jacks, Backplates, etc etc   $100.00

NC - No Charge     |     POR - Price on Request