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We Service More Gibson Guitars Than All Other brands Put Together
Gibson's Are More Prone To Breakage & Quality Issues Than All Other Brands Put Together
Gibsons Have a 12% Market Share & An 81% Problem Rate in Our Shop.



At Ed Roman's custom shop we have fixed more than 3500 broken Gibson necks. In fact at any given time, there are usually at least 2 Gibson Les Paul's in the shop for headstock or neck replacement. Does this mean that Gibson neck designs are bad ??? The only guitars that we repair more than Gibsons would probably be Taylor's.

The Taylors are always finishing problems and the Gibsons are always broken necks. You would think these two companies would do something about this problem. As far as I have been able to tell, Taylor makes a big show of keeping your guitar humidified correctly and Gibson could care less.


Gibson ES 295 Rebuild and Restoration

When Mike Oatman shipped me this guitar it was a total disaster.  This guitar was approximately 43 years old and it looked it. The binding was all coming off, the frets were worn to the neck and the body itself was cracked in several places.

I took some photos of it when it came in but I think they got misplaced. When and if they turn up I will post some before pictures here.




Unplayable Gibson Style Bridge Tailpiece


The regular stock Les Paul back is too bulky & adds too much weight and prevents you from reaching the high notes.

It's very uncomfortable because of the sharp edges and the weight factor.  The lighter the wood the more resonant the guitar.

Traditionalists will always want the stock guitar. Personally I'm a fan of breaking all traditions, nothing is sacred least of all some antiquated design that was copied directly from a Jazz style guitar designed in the 30's and got popular for all the wrong reasons...

I don't want to go off on a rant here but it's just my way to challenge anything authority & challenge tradition. Call Me A Rebel...

I am currently working on a neck through model with hard-mounted pickups and a narrower headstock which are all vast improvements. but even with those improvements the guitar does not stand up to some of the more modern well thought out designs.

No matter what you do to this the neck joint is always gonna be wrong and the pickups are placed in the wrong position.  No matter what anyone says, I believe an intelligently designed electric guitar should be 24 frets and 25" scale.

Even Les Paul himself knew it. So he designed the 1961 SG neck thru body guitar to replace it.

When Gibson opted to make it a glue on neck instead,  Les Paul had his name taken off the model because he did not want his name associated with yet another Gibson blunder.

Les Paul was an anti traditionalist just like me.. in fact he designed the first neck thru guitar.. however Gibson opted to make them glue on necks. I DON'T LIKE TOO MANY GUITARS WITH GLUED ON NECKS... they block all the high end from the neck reaching the pickups. My website lists many corroborated stories on this subject..

 Ed Roman is always willing to listen to opposing views as long as they are based on physics and not on emotion.  In fact if someone can make any sense out of the design I will be the first to admit I was wrong.


Merry Christmas
Imagine getting a new guitar for Christmas "Factory Sealed"
Imagine opening it up and finding out that neck joint was designed so badly
that it broke before you even got to play it for one second
click this to see more broken Gibson guitars

Imagine How The Original Designer Of This Guitar {Les Paul) feels

because his design was for a neck thru body which could not possibly break like the above.

If Gibson had built the guitar correctly like we built the body blank above
It would not have broken!!!   It would sound better!!!    It would balance better !!!
it would have real MOP inlay not plastic !!!   It would have an ebony fingerboard !!!
It would play better!!!  It would look better!!!!
You could reach notes that Gibson didn't think were important enough to include on the fretboard

Call Ed Roman 702.875.4552 order your custom guitar today !!!!

1958 Flying Vee Broken Neck Joint Repair

When this job is done it will be absolutely impossible to tell it was ever repaired.


This is a before picture


Because I break the rules and tell people what the real dangers of buying a vintage guitar is.

I am taking food from their mouth's therefore I am the bad guy.

Vintage guitar magazine could and should do a story like this but it would hurt every one of their advertisers.


 Close up & personal.   (written 2002)
Neck joint is cracked on both sides of the neck.
These are not finish cracks. They are cracks right in the wood. Very common on these guitars. Imagine buying one and then having this happen all by itself.

As you can see the Korina Wood is split right at the neck joint. The finish is cracked also but that would not be a sufficient reason to restore this guitar.

This is an extremely pricey instrument when there are no major problems like a broken neck joint. This type of job requires great skill and very few people are qualified to do a repair like this one. I suggest that if you need a repair job like this one done that you send it to me.


If you do send me a repair, try to send it as soon as it breaks. Waiting will cause more problems with expansion and contraction. Also, don't let some idiot hack do a temporary repair until you feel you can send it to me.  99% of the time it will be much harder to repair after some moron has gone in and tried to fix it half ass.

These cracks reduced the value of this guitar by $50,000.00 fifty thousand dollars. these guitars got horrifically overpriced in the late 90's.  This spawned numerous counterfeiters in 10 different countries that were making them from scratch. Some of the counterfeits are so good that I cannot tell them from original.

There are people that brag that they can tell an original from a counterfeit.  usually these guys are vintage dealers. I DON'T BELIEVE THEY CAN TELL. maybe when the first counterfeits started appearing in the mid 90's you could tell but today it is impossible.

All the possible mistakes that the first counterfeiters made are all fixed now. You can buy dated pots, all the parts are pretty much generic and even if they weren't generic the selling price which got as high as $175,000.00.

I personally know 15 people that are fully capable of producing an
exact replica of any Vintage Les Paul, Flying Vee or Explorer.  In the case of a solid body electric guitar it's almost too easy. Hollow body models like Byrdlands, 335's etc are harder but still very possible to do.



Broken Headstock
Leslie West's Les Paul

Before                                             After
This repair is a very common one. It is absolutely guaranteed not to break again

Recently (04/20/97) Leslie West's Les Paul got broken, Above are before and after photos.   (This repair was performed by Ron Blake) I realize that the 2 pictures above appear to be 2 different colors. The exposures are different because of lighting. At the time these photos were taken there has been no painting. Anyone who hasn't been in a coma for the past 15 years knows that Leslie usually uses an unbreakable LSR  guitar. But occasionally he will still use the Les Paul. I am collaborating with Leslie right now to build him a custom variation of his current Steinberger along the lines of my PB-1 and EB-1, It will be called the "WB-1". They will all be personally signed and numbered by the Great Fatsby himself.  Please contact me if you are interested in procuring one.


Leslie uses Pearlcaster Guitars and LSR Headless Guitars almost exclusively

Leslie broke his last Les Paul and now uses Dean Copy Les Pauls,  Still Using His Ed Roman LSR Guitars


Mark Hitt's Gibson ES355

This early 60's 355 has belonged to Mark Hitt of  "Ratrace Choir" for almost 35 years. If you lived In New York, New Jersey or Connecticut over the past 30 years you probably remember seeing Mark playing this guitar. (it used to be sunburst). This Guitar was played very hard 7 days a week for over 30 years and if you ever saw Ratrace play you know what I mean.     (Look up Ratrace Choir on You Tube)

Some of the greatest music I ever heard in my life came out of this guitar.  In fact seeing Ratrace was one of my life's major inspirations and a large reason for me getting into the music business in the first place.  I remember hearing Mark play Hammer-ons in the early 70's long before I ever heard of Eddie Van Halen. I'll bet this neck saw more beer bottle slides in it's life than most people can drink.  I can remember guitar players stacked 6 deep standing in front of Mark with their Jaws on the ground staring at his fingers (I was one of them).

Mark Hitt, Gibson 355 completely restored at Ed Roman GuitarsI swear to God!!! I once heard Mark make this guitar sound exactly like the Hammond Organ solo on Deep Purple's "Hush".

So when Mark asked me to repair it I was flattered and honored. and a little scared.

The condition of this guitar was nothing less than totally horribly atrocious, The neck had been repaired twice from two separate breaks the repairs were done well but they were 100% visible. There was literally no binding left on the guitar, the wood on the top was worn almost through in several places. The electronics were rusted out and a total mess the frets were played down to the wood and the fingerboard was almost scalloped by Mark's fingers. Mark uses very heavy strings. The body had major cracks in the wood and the seams. The guitar was just about ready to literally come apart top sides back and neck joint.  Mark had resisted fixing the guitar for so long for the simple fact that he used it daily and simply could not make a living without it.

Fixing this guitar required a new fingerboard, frets, totally rebinding the body & neck and some serious surgery to the top, back, sides and neck.  Mark was not in the least concerned about originality he was not worried a bit about resale value. What he was concerned about was reliability and functionality and tone.  I installed a Mike Christian Piezo System and reworked the pickups that were custom wound for Mark by Larry Dimarzio In 1980.  (Today Mark is using Seymour Duncan's)

When the guitar was done I was very worried that Mark might be displeased.  I was quite nervous because I had been tampering with black magic. You always hear about guitars getting redone or re-fretted and losing their tone and or magic. When a man and an instrument are as close as Mark and this guitar I knew I was seriously playing with fire. I'm sure that Mark knew every centimeter of that guitar, I am sure he knew every dent in every fret and every divot on the fingerboard well enough to give them all separate names.  Here I was making  literally hundreds of changes to this guitar.

I delivered the guitar to Mark one rainy night in 1993 at a gig in Mahopac New York. I don't mind telling you I was a bit jittery. I asked him how it looked and he seemed quite pleased. (I wasn't worried about how it looked I knew that was cool) I also knew it would be at least a week before I would find out what he really thought.

To make a long story short  Mark loves the guitar and takes it with him everywhere he goes.  Most guitar players carry several picks in their wallet. Mark carries his guitar (this guitar) everywhere. Mark was given many new Gibson 335's by the Gibson factory,  He doesn't use them.

See The new Blues Deluxe which is made from real wood !!!!!!!

Today Mark Hitt uses A Quicksilver Guitar. Occasionally he still pulls out the 355 but the Quicksilver smokes it, Ask him he will tell you !!!