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Ed Roman is arguably one of the most controversial players in the guitar industry. No matter what you think about Ed though, it’s hard to argue with his aggressively pushing the envelope. This Pearlcaster is a fantastic representative of some of the best qualities of Roman hand-made guitars. The finish is stunning. The tone and playabilty are superb. The 1500G finish process on the neck produces all of the neck feel of a raw neck, without the horrendous maintenance issues.

I purchased this Pearlcaster personally at the Ed Roman shop in Vegas. Out of hundreds of guitars, this one stood out as something special. While I was there, I had Ed Roman sign it, which gives it definite collectors value as Ed passed away a while back.

The guitar is physically beautiful with a really great paint job and highly figured maple neck and fretboard. Tone-wise, it is extremely flexible. The humbucker in the bridge gives it plenty of juice for rock and roll, and because it can be tapped, you have a full single-coil strat at your fingertips as well.

This guitar has been rented twice and it has been demoed a couple of times. I've used it to gig with once as well and it performed spectacularly. All in all, it probably has less than 100 hours of playing time on it, so it's not even broken in yet.

Fender Stratocaster players will find this instrument to be a great alternative over the classic Strat which corrects many of the common complaints with Strats.

Here are the specs:

Body - Swamp Ash

Top - Flamed Maple

Neck - Hard Rock Maple

Constsruction - Bolt on (Roman all-access neck joint)

Fingerboard - Hard Rock Maple

Tuners - Sperzel Locking

Bridge - PRS Tremelo

Pickups - Seymour Duncan mini humbucker (bridge), single coils (neck/middle)

Controls - 1 Volume; 2 Tone (push-pull control to coil tap bridge pickup); 1 5-way switch

Case - Original Hard Shell Case

Here are some pics: