Leslie West, Brad Gillis, Hughie Thomasson, Rick Derringer, Kerry Livgren, Paul Crook, Kasim Sulton

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Hughie has a Fender Endorsement but he is using his Pearlcasters most of the time !!!!

Hughie Thomasson

Hughle Thomasson Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws with one of his black translucent Pearlcasters!!

Kerry Livgren
Original Founding Member of Kansas
With his Ed Roman "Pearlcaster"

Meatloaf Live, with an Ed Roman Pearlcaster

Hughie Thomasson of "The Outlaws" & "Lynyrd Skynyrd"
with his Pearlcaster.

Hughie stopped by to pick up one of his two custom made Pearlcaster's.
Both of these guitars looked alike except we used two completely different necks on each one.
He was originally going to set up one as a slide guitar but he never did.

Paul Crook Of Meatloaf

With His Ed Roman Pearlcaster

Brads red Fender guitar has a very rare original Floyd with no fine tuners.  It has a special wireless unit routed under the pick guard  with the antenna wire routed in the back of the body.

The on/off switch is a real air craft switch located on a flat plate with an led light were the out put jack normally is. the output jack has been relocated on the side of the body. The neck is a specially made slightly fat on the back side per Brad's instructions.

Brad has 3 custom wound Seymour Duncan pickups, He has a mini switch between the volume and 5 way switch actually splits the bridge pick up.

He has played this guitar since the original Nightranger train ride, and it appears that this guitar is ready for that grave yard in the sky.

Ed Roman is currently building him a one of a kind Pearlcaster with a beautiful Hawaiian ice blue quilt top Brad has chosen our standard system of 3 lil Seymour Humbuckers which will be coil tapped.

Brad has specified another original Floyd Rose tremolo with no fine tuners.

As usual he requires a built in camouflaged wireless unit installed better than the last one, same air craft switch w/led. out put jack moved to the side and a birds eye maple neck with an ebony fret board

Ed Roman is proud to welcome Brad Gillis to the growing number of professionals who are currently playing Ed Roman Pearlcaster Guitars.

Eric Burdon, Dean Restum & Ed Roman
Dean has one of the very first Pearlcaster's serial #002

Dean is the featured guitarist with The legendary Eric Burdon & The Animals for 13 years
An amazing player in an amazing show.

Joe Gareri  Vibe Tribe
Built Back In 1989

Hey Ed,
It was great talking to you last week.  I was hoping Iíd get to see you when I stopped by the store but no such luck.  Iím going back out to Vegas in October so hopefully I can hook up with you then.  The store and the website absolutely blew me away! Youíre still the man bro!  The custom guitars are awesome!  I still love my Roman custom guitars and theyíre the only guitars I play to this day.

Iím playing in a corporate band called Downstream Signal.  We play at corporate functions at some pretty cool places throughout the country.  Weíll be playing at the Venetian Hotel in October.  Here are some pictures from a recent gig in Arizona where we opened up for The Goo Goo Dolls.  As you can see, I look a lot different than I did back in 89, but one thing that hasnít changed is that Iím still playing my Ed Roman ďLeftyĒ guitars!

Stay in touch Ed.  I really hope I get to see you in October.  Iíll send you an e-mail when I get the exact dates but right now it looks like Iíll be out there the first week in October.

Joe "Lefty" Gareri

 Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

  Rick is currently using his Pearlcaster in the long running  Vegas show,  EFX.
Rick Springfield, Songwriter, Producer, Actor & Performer Extraordinaire
Pearlcaster Player

Rick Derringer

The M'Coys, Hang on Sloopy age 14. Played with Johnny Winter & Edgar Winter,
Produced Cindy Lauper, Weird Al, Played on numerous Studio Sessions, Rock & Roll Hootchiecoo

Guitarist, Producer, Writer, Performer
Currently I am building Rick Derringer a special headless LSR Guitar

Leslie West, one of my favorite guitarists ever.
Leslie only uses his Pearlcasters on one or two songs.
 I have seen him use it on "Theme from an Imaginary Western" several times,
Usually he prefers the LSR WB-1 or EB-1 that I built him in 1997.

Todd Rundgren/Utopia fans know Kasim Sulton for his bass, guitar, piano, and singing skills on albums from "Ra" through "Redux '92: Live In Japan." He has been very busy since those days. Somewhat overlapping the latter Utopia years and continuing into the present,

 Kasim has played on albums and/or toured with Todd Rundgren, Cheap Trick, The Indigo Girls, Patti Smith, and Hall & Oates, as well as extensive work with Joan Jett and Meat Loaf.

Recently, Kasim was the bass player on Todd Rundgren's power trio tour in support of Todd's album "One Long Year."

Kasim is an accomplished singer performer and all around musician in his own right.  We were very pleased and honored that he came to us to have a Pearlcaster made.

We also felt very honored because Kasim could very easily have gotten 2 or 3 free Fenders just by calling and asking for them.



For 35 years singer / songwriter Kasim Sulton has worked with artists as diverse as Todd Rundgren, The New Cars, Meat Loaf, Joan Jett, Utopia, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi and Hall & Oates, plus he played a series of appearances in the musical Movin' Out on Broadway as well as having his own solo career.
In 2006 Kasim toured as part of The New Cars on The Road Rage Tour.

3 years ago he toured the US and Europe with Meat Loaf to promote his latest album Bat Out Of Hell III from February until the tour was cut short in October due to Meat Loaf developing a cyst on a vocal chord.

Kasim's own CD, Quid Pro Quo, was released in 2002 on Sphere Sound Records and won the 2003 Kweevak.com 2003 People's Choice Award. To the delight of his fans, Kasim released a compilation solo album called All Sides in March'07! Kasim played 3 solo gigs last summer plus he played more in March this year.

Kasim has just completed touring the both Japan and US as part of Todd Rundgren's following successful tours of the West Coast in September and the East Coast in December. In the early summer Kasim will be with Meat Loaf in Europe. Kasim has booked a solo gig in Woodstock, NY on 17th May and another in Boston on 27th May.

Kasim Sulton another satisfied Ed Roman Guitars customer !!!.



 Hi Ed,

    I wanted to take a moment to thank you for my recent Pearlcaster purchase. I have only had it for a few days and it has already exceeded my expectations! I have owned a couple of Fenders in the past and I got rid of both of them. They just were not all that great. But my Pearlcaster is a keeper!

   The fit and finish is excellent. Jeff Terwilliger's Caribbean Burst Finish is nothing short of a work of art. The bird's eye maple neck and fretboard are also eye catchers. I have left it sitting in a stand several times so that I could sit and look at all the cosmetic touches. Wow!

   But let's not forget the most important part: How does it play and sound? "Wow" again. I was thinking about switching to mini humbuckers until I heard the Duncan single coils; I'm glad I stuck with the single coils. My Pearlcaster has, by far, the broadest tonal palate of any of the guitars I own. Regardless of which position the 5 way blade is in, or where the volume and tone knobs are; the tonal palate stays extremely well balanced. I have read a few reviews online of Pearlcasters. They alleged that Pearlcasters had a thin sound and fell short of the classic Stratocaster sound. Well, there is nothing thin about sound of my Pearlcaster! It certainly does not fall short of the Strat sound; it meets and exceeds what a Fender is capable of delivering. I would describe a Pearlcaster as a 'Stratocaster on Steroids'!! (And that's without active circuitry.) Your method of direct coupling the neck to body makes a huge difference. Your bolt on neck method is probably much of the reason Pearlcasters sound the way they do.

   The Pearlcaster's playability is fantastic! The action is light, quick and responsive. The worth or value of the raw, 2200g neck cannot be overstated. One really needs to play a guitar with one of your custom necks to fully appreciate the difference between your necks and the cookie cutter necks on most other guitars. The fretboard is also excellent. All things considered, my Pearlcaster has quickest action of any guitar I own. (I think it has improved my playing. It has definitely has made me faster guitar player.)

   I really enjoyed my tour of your facility on my recent visit to Las Vegas. After seeing your small, private showroom Guitar Center and other Music stores are laughable! (The small office downstairs has more variety in stock than Guitar Center.) I would also like to thank Bob for showing me how to fine tune the setup on my guitar (learning how to fine finish fretwires was invaluable). Yeah, yeah, yeah. They're supposed come that way! My guitar was not completely set up and I like to do my own work as much as I can. The result being: A custom fit!


Thanks Again,

E. Richard Bowen


Charles Smith

"Kool & The Gang" "RIP"

One of the founding members
Charles wrote most of the bands hits.

Christy McBride

Caught on film with a Pearlcaster


Hi Ed,
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!
Stu. Davison
(Solihull, England)

Greetings Ed,

First off I would like to say that I have purchased two Pearlcasters 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.

Kind Regards,
Mark A. Koher, Controller
Midstate Specialties, Inc.


    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 know 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 and 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.

    Mike Meisinger

Ed Roman has built many custom guitars for numerous other Guitarists.
Many of them are bound by contracts to say they play other brands.

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I love my new Pearlcaster Serial #05358
It's everything I was hoping for and looking for in a "strat" guitar... and then some.
And thanks for working with me on the price.
There are some questions I have though?
Firstly, there was no warranty info or description included with product.  I was hoping to read up about the tech specs of the neck.

So, I was hoping you could send me the description and photo you had on your computer of my guitar, Ed?
Also, do you have instructions on the Sperzel locking tuners?
I've never owned a guitar with these before and want to ensure I work them properly.
Last question?
What weight and brand of strings do you guys use...?
I really like the strings that are on this thing.
Are they 10's?
Again, I really appreciate the help your sales guy, Jason, showed me and his patience.
Buying a guitar at Ed Romans is exactly the kind of experience that every player/perspective guitar buyer should experience firsthand.
And too think? I might have settled for a Fender.
Best regards
Mark Feingold