Doctor of Teleocity
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- Dec 2, 2003
- The Netherlands
Well, I found out about Ed Roman in the mid-nineties around my high school graduation when I saw pictures of his store in Guitar Player magazine.
Which to my 18-year-old mind was as good as it gets. Because in my native province of Limburg, the Netherlands, we simply don't have stores that are THAT huge.
It took however seven or so years with the coming of broadband internet that I would be able to go and explore what was out there, that I came across his site. And once again was blown away by how vast his inventory was.
But by that time I also started working as a professional guitar repairman myself, and as such learned about how you shouldn't replace parts on instruments without the owner's consent. It's a bit like that anecdote of Ritchie Blackmore, how he had his main strat re-fretted and the guy who did so, planed the fingerboard because he mistook the scallops as extreme damage to the neck.
Also, around that same time, programs such as "Pimp my ride" and "American Chopper" began to air and with me being the Technical enthusiast, I watched those religiously. As such, I learned about how Harley engines would be used in other bike builds but keeping the Harley brand name and ditto serial numbers intact.
Then around the year of 2009 I started to read about Ed Roman Chopping up vintage Gibsons to transplant their necks into newly made bodies, going "I'll make them better than Gibson could EVER make them themselves." And "I'll improve that stock guitar so much by re-topping it!"
And me going, “Hang on a minute, you CANT do that?” because guitars are to their owners, as lovers. Heck that's also why so many players gave their guitars names.
And then I learned about Ed Roman's past as a Motorcycle repairman. Very much like those Teutel guys in “American Chopper” which also explains his attitude towards guitar modifications, he simply didn't understand the emotional bond between an instrument and its player.
(Warning in advance, this clip contains footage that makes Pete Townshend look like a choir boy.)
Roman had no issue with selling BC Rich branded instruments which were not approved by the company who legally owned BC Rich, defiling vintage instruments to "Improve them."
Having said all of that, I still want to go to that store of his, because as it still stands, we simply do not have guitar stores that vast where I live.
Has anybody ever visited that store?