Who Builds Abstract Guitars?
Abstract Guitars are the most custom radical guitars available from Ed Roman. They are built entirely in the USA by the very talented builders who were formerly with Jackson & BC Rich. The feel and quality of these fine guitars is on par with anything ever built in Jackson's custom shop or BC Rich's El Monte or Hesperia facility.
The talented woodworkers formerly with both of these organizations were with these companies since their inceptions. There are even two people from the Jackson/Charvel San Dimas facility. Because of the relatively close proximity of the two companies, many employees over the years worked at both factories.
Among the talented workforce are the original people who hand carved and built all the USA neck through guitars for Bernie Rico. The entire original paint department is also involved in the hand making of the Abstract Guitar.
Rockingbird Body Blank
All Abstract Guitars are custom made. You can order any headstock shape, any Inlay, any type of bridge, or fingerboard. You can even order custom shapes.
Abstract NT Models are built in the original classic neck through body tradition. They are built only from the finest materials and great attention is paid to details like balance and weight. All pickups are directly mounted into the wood to facilitate a direct contact and enhance tone.
These guitars are currently available in over 50 body shapes or styles, not all of them are pictured on the site, You may even submit your own body design.
These guitars are currently available with almost 15 different headstock designs. You can mix and match body shapes and headstocks.
Construction Technique on most Abstract guitars are usually neck through with solid wings, There are literally hundreds of wood combinations (see my wood selection). The Abstract guitars are built using the same tried & true techniques that Jackson & BC Rich have employed for more than 25 years. The tooling & machinery is actually the same machinery that BC Rich utilized during their good years.
Abstract guitars also uses the Gibson, PRS methods of building where the maple top is affixed to a mahogany back. The primary differences being the ability of Abstract guitars to offer Neck through bodies on all models and Deep set neck tenon on all models. Below you will see the steps that are required to build a Neck Through Body
1.) Neck Blank & 2 Mahogany Wings
Using nothing but the absolute best materials the bodyblanks are single craftsman built from beginning to end. excepting in cases of massive inlays.
2.) Bookmatched Quilted Maple Top
It is harder to build a guitar like this when the top has been precut to size but for aesthetic and cosmetic purposes each top is hand cut and glued up later. Normally the guitar is built with wood that has been pre laminated.
3.) Final Glue Up
This guitar is ready for truss rod installation, Fingerboard and any custom routing that the customer may require. There is no charge for such amenities as custom knob placement, Custom shaped headstocks, special pickup routes or placement.
4.) Ready for Paint
Up until this point the entire guitar is built by one person The next step is to stain and clear the guitar. Abstract guitars uses an extremely thin but very durable gloss finish. The paint shop has developed a new hybrid type of finish that we are using on all of our guitars built after March of 2002. Currently there are no restrictions on colors, you may order anything you like. The paint shop will accommodate you, as long as you send some type of sample to duplicate.