The message below was posted on the Official Ed Roman Web Site last week:
Yes, Ed Roman was controversial. But Ed was also a passionate visionary who who turned his passion into his life’s calling. He was the consummate guitar builder, making guitars for household name rock stars…and guys like me too.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ed Roman.
Ed Roman was a big personality. We understand that many people have questions regarding the circumstances surrounding his passing. His death however is still very recent, and is a heartbreaking shock to the family. We ask that you please be respectful of the sensitive nature involved with losing a loved one, and the mourning process that follows.
We will remember him fondly and are keeping his legacy alive. We are conducting business as usual and all orders in process are on schedule, so keep the orders coming, and they will be addressed with the same quality, care and pride you have come to expect from all of us at Ed Roman.
A more formal announcement from Lindsey Star Roman will be forthcoming. Thank you very much for your consideration.
– Lindsey Star Roman and the Ed Roman Crew
He ruffled a lot of feathers with his “Fabulous Fakes”, guitar replicas that looked exactly like many of the high end guitars on the market, except that Ed’s were even “higher” in quality…according to Ed’s standards of guitar construction.
His “Rants” about the guitar industry and it’s business practices were legendary and entertaining. Ed Roman believed what he believed, and for that I respect him.
If you have never visited the Ed Roman web site, this is a great time to check it out. I have spent hours there perusing the articles and photos.
Sadly, for many, the legacy Ed is leaving behind is not positive. A quick Google search for “Ed Roman” today will take to you multiple guitar sites, chat rooms and forums where people are using this time as an opportunity to bash Ed Roman. I realize I am opening myself up to some backlash, but I think it’s totally inappropriate to post some of the things I have read over the past few days. Ed Roman was a man who built a lot of guitars for a lot of people and operated one of the largest guitar stores in the world and to speak ill at this time is, in my opinion, out of line.
He made a lot of dreams come true when he built the guitars that others imagined. Watch the video below to see what I mean.
He was a son and a father and leaves a family in mourning.
R.I.P. Ed Roman.