Ed Roman Guitars

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Monday - Friday 9am to 6pm PST Sat. 10am - 5pm PST Closed Sundays
  • 4721 Dean Martin Dr

    Las Vegas, NV 89103

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  • 702-597-2297

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Ed is the king of guitars. He really knows his stuff as he's been doing this for 45 plus years. ANd he's awesome at what he does. He definitely tells you straight up, but that is how he got where he is. He won't waist your time or money. Ed's an awesome person and you won't be dissapointed. He rocks!!!

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Ed is the king of guitars. He really knows his stuff as he's been doing this for 45 plus years. ANd he's awesome at what he does. He definitely tells you straight up, but that is how he got where he is. He won't waist your time or money. Ed's an awesome person and you won't be dissapointed. He rocks!!!

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I've spent many hours on the phone with Ed. Unless you have some background or experience with a true luthier, it's hard for him to explain why he does what he does and hard to soke it in as a novice or a pro. You don't get to Pro statis without going through the novice part first. There is no confusion about his knowledge and long time education which obviously effects his sales style. One of his strongest points is his personality. He'll tell you like it is and he doesn't give a damn if you buy his guitars or not. I love that. You can tell you are getting honest information if you like it or not, and it's genuinely honest. If I'm handing over a favorite guitar to Ed for 10 months to a year, I'm not nervous, scared or freaked out to do it in a heartbeat.
I plan to take him a LP for his magic to be preformed and will wait however long it takes. I've learned more about his approach to custom work and if Billy Gibbons and the like are happy, guess what. I know I can't go wrong. See you in January ED!

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I've spent many hours on the phone with Ed. Unless you have some background or experience with a true luthier, it's hard for him to explain why he does what he does and hard to soke it in as a novice or a pro. You don't get to Pro statis without going through the novice part first. There is no confusion about his knowledge and long time education which obviously effects his sales style. One of his strongest points is his personality. He'll tell you like it is and he doesn't give a damn if you buy his guitars or not. I love that. You can tell you are getting honest information if you like it or not, and it's genuinely honest. If I'm handing over a favorite guitar to Ed for 10 months to a year, I'm not nervous, scared or freaked out to do it in a heartbeat.
I plan to take him a LP for his magic to be preformed and will wait however long it takes. I've learned more about his approach to custom work and if Billy Gibbons and the like are happy, guess what. I know I can't go wrong. See you in January ED!

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After visiting Ed Roman's website and reading many of his rants (this guy has a lot of time apparently) I had the impression this was a serious store for serious musicians and that Ed was some kind of guru and champion of the guitar enthusiast. I visited a couple times and found out this wasn't the case. Ed claims his sales staff is more qualified than Guitar Center, but the guy who helped me was clueless about the the most basic aspects of some of the instruments--he actually reminded me of Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times, a complete space cadet. Instruments were kept in horrible playing condition (a new $4000 Les Paul I evaluated had grimy old strings that seemed neglected for ages! How hard is it to spend $3 and 5 minutes for a fresh set?) I wound up purchasing the same guitar somewhere else. I was even personally scolded by Ed for how I was strumming a Pearlcaster that I was considering buying--he seemed worried I might scratch the pickguard. This was insulting, as I regularly purchase and collect expensive instruments and know how to handle a new guitar. The store doesn't carry true premium instrument & amp brands, but peddles Ed's custom guitars (his signature bass sounded pretty good, but upon inspection was really shoddy in construction--which surprised me, given how much Ed hypes his knowledge of quality instruments and superiority over the "big" manufacturers.) In the end, the selection is quite weak, many of the instruments seem like they are stuck in an 80s big hair metal video, and you won't find the current line up of highly regarded boutique brands like Trussart, Tom Anderson, Sadowsky, Fodera, Victoria, Dr. Z, 65 Amps, Divided by 13, Swart, etc (the list goes on and on.) There are so many cooler stores out there, with better product, knowledgeable sales staff, and customer service. This is a small-time operation with an overinflated ego. I'm not surprised to hear the place has downsized--if you'd like, apparently Ed Roman will hire out his services as a consultant to teach you how to open your own successful store.

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After visiting Ed Roman's website and reading many of his rants (this guy has a lot of time apparently) I had the impression this was a serious store for serious musicians and that Ed was some kind of guru and champion of the guitar enthusiast. I visited a couple times and found out this wasn't the case. Ed claims his sales staff is more qualified than Guitar Center, but the guy who helped me was clueless about the the most basic aspects of some of the instruments--he actually reminded me of Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times, a complete space cadet. Instruments were kept in horrible playing condition (a new $4000 Les Paul I evaluated had grimy old strings that seemed neglected for ages! How hard is it to spend $3 and 5 minutes for a fresh set?) I wound up purchasing the same guitar somewhere else. I was even personally scolded by Ed for how I was strumming a Pearlcaster that I was considering buying--he seemed worried I might scratch the pickguard. This was insulting, as I regularly purchase and collect expensive instruments and know how to handle a new guitar. The store doesn't carry true premium instrument & amp brands, but peddles Ed's custom guitars (his signature bass sounded pretty good, but upon inspection was really shoddy in construction--which surprised me, given how much Ed hypes his knowledge of quality instruments and superiority over the "big" manufacturers.) In the end, the selection is quite weak, many of the instruments seem like they are stuck in an 80s big hair metal video, and you won't find the current line up of highly regarded boutique brands like Trussart, Tom Anderson, Sadowsky, Fodera, Victoria, Dr. Z, 65 Amps, Divided by 13, Swart, etc (the list goes on and on.) There are so many cooler stores out there, with better product, knowledgeable sales staff, and customer service. This is a small-time operation with an overinflated ego. I'm not surprised to hear the place has downsized--if you'd like, apparently Ed Roman will hire out his services as a consultant to teach you how to open your own successful store.

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Ed Roman is huge. The selection is amazing, there are so many guitars in this place. I believe it is advertised as the worlds largest guitar store. The staff are very friendly and customer oriented. They are extremely helpful and you can tell they care about hte instruments because they won't let a customer grab a guitar unassisted.

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★★★★★

Ed Roman is huge. The selection is amazing, there are so many guitars in this place. I believe it is advertised as the worlds largest guitar store. The staff are very friendly and customer oriented. They are extremely helpful and you can tell they care about hte instruments because they won't let a customer grab a guitar unassisted.

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At first I didn't like Ed Roman very much because of the signs everywhere saying, "don't play the guitars". This seemed contrary to logic and every music store I've ever been in since I was a little kid. So I walked up a salesman and asked and he told me how much abuse guitars take in stores like Sam Ash and Guitar World. This is obviously a store for serious musicians, i.e. you're going to buy a guitar not kill some time one Saturday afternoon. I found their selection of guitars both acoustic and electric very good. The store has a quiet almost museum like quality to it, which is funny for a music store. The salespeople were very helpful and not pushy. Of course, if you're really interested in buying a guitar they will let you play it first. I respect their concept and it's a great way to keep their quality under control, it just seems un-natural. According to this salesperson, Ed Roman Guitars does most of its biz on the internet.

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★★★★☆

At first I didn't like Ed Roman very much because of the signs everywhere saying, "don't play the guitars". This seemed contrary to logic and every music store I've ever been in since I was a little kid. So I walked up a salesman and asked and he told me how much abuse guitars take in stores like Sam Ash and Guitar World. This is obviously a store for serious musicians, i.e. you're going to buy a guitar not kill some time one Saturday afternoon. I found their selection of guitars both acoustic and electric very good. The store has a quiet almost museum like quality to it, which is funny for a music store. The salespeople were very helpful and not pushy. Of course, if you're really interested in buying a guitar they will let you play it first. I respect their concept and it's a great way to keep their quality under control, it just seems un-natural. According to this salesperson, Ed Roman Guitars does most of its biz on the internet.

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