ABOUT THE MODMAN
MODMAN GUITAR IS A ONE-OF-A-KIND OPTION FOR WORK ON STRINGED INSTRUMENTS AND RELATED GEAR, INCLUDING EFFECTS PEDALS AND AMPLIFIERS.
SINCE 1998, ROGER DUGGER HAS BEN OUTFITTING PROFESSIONAL AND HOME MUSICIANS ALIKE WITH THE SET-UP OF THEIR DREAMS FROM HIS WORKSHOP IN HISTORIC WEST NASHVILLE
FROM EXTRAORDINARY CUSTOMIZATIONS TO SUBTLE REPAIRS, THE MODMAN BRINGS A LIFETIME OF WOODWORKING AND ELECTRONICS EXPERIENCE TO BEAR ON EVERY JOB WITH AN INTUITIVE AND PERSONAL TOUCH
A HERO IS BORN
It’s only fitting that the first song Roger Dugger recalls learning to play on the guitar is Rush’s “Working Man.” Ever since his childhood growing up in the mountains of East Tennessee, he’s enjoyed the challenge of working dreams into reality with his own two hands.
A born craftsman, Roger immersed himself in woodworking, embroidery and model cars at a young age. Unable to afford a bicycle, his tinkering instincts served him as he built one from scraps parts.
When rock and roll came knocking a few years later in the form of pawn shop Strat knockoff, Roger’s first move was to take it apart and see “what made it tick.”
The next move? Van Halen-inspired pinstripes and a black lacquer finish for it's body.
Early Drawing 1984
Roger Rocking Out In 1982
Hand Carved, Hand Painted Ornaments
A Legend Arises
After moving to Nashville in 1976, Roger spent the next several decades playing in bands, raising a family, and continuing to learn more and more about the fascinating art of gear modification, doing one-of-a-kind jobs for himself and friends in his spare time.
The overwhelmingly positive feedback he got from his first, informal customers eventually persuaded him to follow his passion and turn his side work into a full-time gig. In 1998, he opened the doors to his shop in West Nashville, adopting the ModMan moniker at a friend’s suggestion in 2009. Update: ModMan Guitar moved to a new expanded location in The Nations in West Nashville in 2017
For the past 15-plus years, ModMan has been adding to a growing list of happy customers almost entirely through word-of-mouth recommendation, and it’s not hard to see why. Fans of his work have called him “one of the most knowledgeable, talented and honest repair guys” you’ll ever meet, who will “work with you to get what you need finished or point you in the direction of someone who can help.”
From wild project ideas, like mounting a wireless system inside an electric guitar body, to day-in-day-out service needs, Roger prides himself in being the guy who says “yes” when no one else will, motivated by love for what he does
and a desire to leave every ModMan client blown away with the result.