Has Paul Reed Smith ever spoken about Ed Roman?

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  1. Noise Under The Floor

    Noise Under The Floor Silver Supporting Member

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    Where did I say it was underhanded? Pretty wacko, yes, but I never said underhanded. Besides, the post is 3 years old.
     
  2. RRfireblade

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    Well I wasn't the one who bumped it. But context of the discussion was why PRS cut him off, and that was not the reason.
     
  3. fjrabon

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    My only Paul story is a pretty good one for him. Ed Roman was before my time.
    My Paul story:

    I was going to a Davy knowles show. I messaged him on Instagram asking if there was any sort of meet and greet because I would love for him to sign my Vela if at all possible. I wasn’t really expecting a response, but Davy messaged me right back saying “no, there’s not, but I’d be glad to meet you at this pub nearby.”

    Davy is probably my favorite guitarist based on current ability, right there with JD Simo and Mark Littieri. I had bought a Vela the same color as Davy did a week before Davy got his. Davy apparently saw mine on Instagram while randomly searching the PRSGOW hashtag and asked Paul to send him one. As me and Davy are chatting he pulls his Vela out and I see he has had a different humbucker installed. I ask him what it is and he says he’s not really sure.

    I say “well, if you find out please let me know, I’d like to order one.” Davy says “I can do a bit better.” He pulls out his phone and calls Paul Reed Smith directly. Davy explains to Paul that one of his friends has a Vela as well and wants the same humbucker. Davy hands me the phone. Paul says “hey, any friend of Davy’s is a friend of mine. Watching him play was the most blown away I’ve ever been, don’t tell Carlos, Vernon, John or David. Anyway, what’s your address?”

    I give him my address he thanks me for being a loyal PRS customer and a fan of Davy’s and literally the day after next the humbucker shows up at my door. Completely complimentary.


    Edit: funniest part of this story is that, after all that, I completely forgot to get Davy to sign my guitar.
     
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  4. Smashies

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    Awesome story!
     
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    that's punk AF !
     
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  7. jwguitar

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    I have heard that story for years now. I suspect it to be true as I have heard it from many different sources.
     
  8. phretbored

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    Yeah the underbelly of TGP ain't pretty

    That's an interesting point in BOLD from your comments

    Both Ed Roman and PRSH have fans and detractors...such is life.

    At the end of the day I dig PRS guitars a lot and I expect that to never change.
     
  9. madhermit

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    So..... what type of humbucker was it???
     
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    Love it!!
     
  11. fjrabon

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    LOL I honestly don’t know. It literally just came in a box with nothing else in it except my name on an index card. I’ve been meaning to ask Davy.
     
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  12. Pidgin English

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    That's so awesome, and such a Paul Smith thing to do. He absolutely stands by his product.

    And I miss the Ed Roman threads that we had 20 years ago or so. Ed sure ruffled the internet's feathers.
     
  13. hunter

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    I can vouch for the mod portion, at least based on conversation. I was in the hunt for an EG3 soon after PRS discontinued the model and got word that Mr Roman was a source. I called him and we talked for a while about PRS and, in particular, the mods he was doing to EG models. It was way to extensive for me since I basically wanted a stock or very near stock version. He didn't seem too difficult FWIW but we moved on pretty quickly once it was clear heavily modded was not for me.

    As for a PRS falling out? No idea why. FWIW I found a nice used EG3 later and still have it today. A very interesting guitar. Especially given its 93 timeframe.
     
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  14. madhermit

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    Dammit man! We need to know!
     
  15. handyman

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    The guy may have been a crook, but he was an entertaining crook.
     
  16. Agramal

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    Whatever happened to Quicksilver Guitars, the brand that Roman touted for years on his website as the superior alternative to PRS?
     
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  17. daacrusher2001

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    Ed Roman - classic example of "if you say it loud enough, often enough, with conviction" you'll develop a following.

    PRS - makes great guitars. Also a good way to develop a following.

    I'm glad I own a McCarty.
     
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  18. Mixman

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    Well to put that more clearly, if you never did or had to do business with him, and you were just hanging out with him he was a fun guy to be with and he had tons of stories. Like I mentioned, he was the guy who not only introduced me to PRS but gave him my number for mods. There was no money in it for him, he didn't have to do that. Now as far as business, I had no problems with him, but I know he did screw others, although with my being in the musical industry, I know he would not be the first or last person who screwed people.....he was just more obvious about it!
     
  19. the.godfather

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    I too have met Paul a couple of times now and I'm yet to talk to anybody as passionate as he is about building and making fine instruments for people. Right down to the minute details he had me gripped. He's a unique guy for sure and not everyone's 'cup of tea' but I'm very happy to own a great Custom 24.
     
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  20. Go Cat Go!!

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    Jaros is the other brand he raved about. They had the "deepest hand carved dish" of any carved top in the industry. In the early 2000s I really wanted one of those. Came close to take the trip up to Connecticut but then I started hearing the stories and decided against it.

    On the positive side his site was the first place I heard of McNaught, Baker and other boutique brands.
     
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