Ed Roman was an American luthier and retailer who built a reputation as a larger than life figure in the music industry, initially as go-to man for professional studio gear and later for the one-stop rock ‘n’ roll shop he ran, which stocked everything from rare guitars, to pyrotechnics and stage props.
Originally a musician and motorcycle mechanic, Roman got his start in the guitar world in 1975, when he lent a friend who owned a guitar shop $15,000 and received a large stock of Fenders and Gibsons in exchange. His friend couldn’t pay him back, so Roman started selling the instruments off by mail order.
In the years that followed Roman built a mini-empire for himself, and eventually launching his own guitar brands. It was fairly common knowledge that Ed designed his Quicksilver guitars to compete with Paul Reed Smith’s Custom 24. And there is no doubt that compete he did, often promoting his guitars as “PRS Beaters”. Mr Roman left us a few years ago, but the legacy of his desire to build “the world’s best guitars” continues.
Over the years Ed built instruments for an impressive list of guitarists including Ace Frehley, Ted Nugent, Leslie West, Keith Urban and Denny Laine of Wings.
From Roman Guitars – “Quicksilvers are all custom guitars – no two of them are alike. The Quicksilver comes stock with premium tonewoods, electronics, hardware, fingerboard woods and masterbuilt workmanship. Our Directly Coupled Neck and pickup construction is standard on every Quicksilver, though you have a choice of set-neck construction at no extra charge. Quicksilver’s most popular competitor does not offer binding anywhere while we offer full binding and purfling. The Quicksilver will easily stand up to any guitar on the market to within 3 times its price. The Ed Roman Quicksilver model is a complex and rich sounding instrument that produces unique (but familiar) timbres. Because of the switching and coil splitting it can do glassy Stratocaster like parts and also scream like a great Les Paul. The Roman Quicksilver is a guitar with its own personality.”
The body is an exotic tonewood referred to as Bocote. From the family Boraginaceae, Bocote grows in northern Florida, the West Indies, Central America, and southward to Brazil and Argentina. Its colour ranges from nearly white to golden brown, with irregular reddish to dark brown streaks. The grain is typically straight, but may vary from straight to streaky. The texture is usually fine to medium, with a somewhat oily or waxy appearance. It is a readily worked timber, finishing very smoothly. Durability is rated high.
Neck Thickness: .80″ @ 1st /.91″ @ 12th
Nut Width: 1 11/16″
Frets: Med Jumbo
Tuners: Sperzel Locking
Pickups: Seymour Duncan Black Backs
Controls: Vol (Push/Pull Split), Tone (Push/Pull Split), 3-Way Toggle
This guitar feels like substantial piece of gear – the materials are high quality, the fit and finish is excellent, the controls & switches feel strong, the neck has a great feel with a fast, low action. The frets are dressed beautifully, and remain in great condition. All Quicksilvers are hand finished, and this one certainly feels that way. The pickups are sweet, and the switching options present plenty of tonal opportunities – all very useable.
This pre-owned Roman Quicksilver is in excellent condition overall, presenting virtually as new. Anyone considering a top end PRS, Fender/Gibson Custom Shop, or Super Strat style guitar would be well advised to consider this instrument.
Comes in its original (very flash) silver skin case in new condition.