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RDG by Roger Daguet Interview

 

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NAME: Daguet Roger

NICK NAME : Roger “the engineer”

LIVING IN : Moret sur Loing, France

TRAINING & BACKGROUND: none but BTS bureau d’étude + CNAM 5 years

PLAYING: I used to play guitar/bass/organ/loud noise.

NAME OF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL BAND : Guerilla theater / les enculés (… sorry for the name , we were young and kind of “punk”)

LUTHIER YOU ADMIRE THE MOST: Philippe Dubreuille / Frank Cheval

INSTRUMENT YOU DREAM TO HAVE ONE DAY: Jimi Hendrix, Donald Roeser and John Cipolina fingers.

LAST ALBUM YOU BOUGHT : Daliborovo Granje-Hainin

LAST MUSIC SONG YOU PUT IN YOUR CAR: “Walk don’t run” by the “Pink Fairies”

LAST SHOW YOU WENT TO : The Slift with Etienne Jaumet

MOST IMPRESSIVE INSTRUMENT YOU EVER HAD IN HAND: an OUD by Kervorkian (greek luthier)

MOST STRANGE RESTORATION OR REPAIR YOU HAD TO DO : Vincent HRD Comet 500cc

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars
RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars
RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

 

RDG by Roger Daguet Interview – Can you tell us what you consider to be the most important thing when you design a guitar ? What is your process of creation and how does it often start?

 

The purpose of the guitar… the kind of music his futur owner want to play.

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars
RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars
RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

 

RDG by Roger Daguet Interview – Can you present us your flagship models ? and your company philosophy ?

 

Over the years, it happened that people asked me for a lot of replicas of rare vintage guitars and basses, such as “Epi crestwood deluxe” , “Mosrite 63” …

My company philosophy… good question… making the best vibrant and musical instrument I can, as long as I can…

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars
RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars
RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars
RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG by Roger Daguet Interview – According to you, what is the most impactful thing in the instument sound ? The woods ? the building technique ? what should a buyer ask for when he want to order an instrument when he was to be sure he is ordering the right instrument for him?

 

That’s a subject for a book…

I would say that wood and building design are equally important, since 10 years I started making my pickups, I know now that a sensitive pickup can make a huge difference.

 

When someone asks for an instrument, we first discuss the kind of music he likes and wants to play, then we prepare an agreement form.

This is a kind of document where every detail of the instrument will be detailed, shapes and sizes of the neck, selection of woods and pickups according to the purposes of the instrument, finishing… everything…

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars
RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars
RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG by Roger Daguet Interview – For a custom instrument, can you explain your process? What are your average delays? And how do you advise your customer? What questions do you ask him so that his instrument is perfectly adapted to his expectations?

 

As I said a bit previously, I like to discuss with the customer in order to get a quite precise idea of him and what he wants, we talk about music, personal history of the customer, his likes and dislikes on instruments, the way he plays… things like that…

It generally leads to several propositions, general shapes, wood species and pickup types, I always do my best to help the customer to choose the most effective choice to fulfill his goals.

When we agree on everything I make a quotation and give an estimated delay, the customer places the order, pays a part of the price and I start the making. I keep the customer updated all along the making process by mails with photos of every significant step until the delivery.

The actual delays is around 5 to 6 months

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars
RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG by Roger Daguet Interview – Do you have famous musicians playing on your models ? If so, can you tell us who ??

 

Yes I have some : Nick royal from the Hellacopters , Vigilante carlstroem from the Hives, peter Greenberg from DMZ/BARENCE WHITFIELD and the SAVAGE, Deniz tek from Radio Birdman, Jean and Remy Fossat from the SLIFT, Brian Molko from PLACEBO, Lionel Raynal aka “The Reverend” and, shame on me, some more I don’t remember….

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

Luthiers.com brings together luthiers from all over the world. According to you, how is the French lutherie different?

 

I don’t really know, I started so long ago (1974, I was 14 yo), in those days it looked like just a handful of french luthiers were making electric guitars, the jacobacci brothers were the most renowned and about the only ones…

Later I found that most of the other countries (Germany, USA…) were a lot more organized, with schools, associations, even syndicats… it seems today French luthery is blooming everywhere…

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

Where can we buy your instruments? Can we try them somewhere? Will you participate to some guitar shows ?

 

You can buy my instruments directly from me and play some at home.

Next years I will attempt to go to the Beffroi guitar fair near Paris.

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

RDG Roger Daguet Guitars

 

 

 

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Roger Daguet Guitars Interview

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