LISBON, N.D.-Dan Wagner, manager/CFO at Lisbon Farmers CU, has an intriguing hobby: he builds custom guitars. His most recent is a "Red Tail" guitar, released in conjunction with the movie of the same name. Below, Wagner talks more about it.
CUJ: How long have you been involved in guitar building? Wagner: I started building guitars in 2006. I have always liked one-of-a-kind works of art. I spoke with Artist Terry Redlin in Watertown, S.D. and visited a little bit about how he got started in art. My concern was with some of the skills I lacked. I came to the conclusion that I would seek help, buy parts or modify parts if I could not make the parts myself to complete a project. That was the difference between dreaming about it and actually beginning the process of designing and building guitars. I originally came up with what I called my "Longhorn" design, then a "Buffalo Horn" design, and then my "double cutaway Buffalo design." Each one is an original, one-of-a-kind functional work of art. I take my time and try to enjoy every aspect of creating something new. I want it to be interesting to look at, to tell a story and to play like a world class instrument. My themes have always related to American Heritage.