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Benjamin Dakota Rogers


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I am very excited to have Benjamin Dakota Rogers as one of the House Guitars Artist Series family!


A native of rural Ontario, Benjamin is a talented songwriter and musician who is making a name for himself in folk music. Listen to his music and you’ll hear influences of roots, blues and country come through in his thoughtful lyrics and an engaging stage presence. Be sure to check out Benjamin’s latest album, Better by Now.


Benjamin’s custom SSD

I first met Benjamin at our local Celtic Festival in Goderich Ontario. Benjamin approached me about building him a guitar that would have the look and feel of a vintage instrument, but built to withstand the rigours of a busy touring schedule on the road. 


We started with the Slope Shoulder Dreadnought shape, a shape Benjamin has always loved. The neck dimension (scale, string spacing, etc) were taken from Benjamin’s Waterloo Jumbo King which he had been previously been touring with. The bracing is a pattern was inspired by vintage Gibson designs, with a few tweaks for increase stability. A dark sunburst finish and unique star inlay round out  a guitar that is both visually stunning and has a sound to match.


The random stars and planets headstock inlay was inspired some vintage banjo headstocks that Benjamin had seen.


Shape: SSD

Back/Sides: Mahogany

Top: Torrefied Adirondack Spruce

Scale length: 25.4”

Neck: 12-fret neck joint

Nut with: 1 ¾ (44.5mm)

Bridge spacing: 2 7/16”

Neck: Mahogany (1-piece)

Fretboard/bridge/headplate: Indian Rosewood

Binding/Rosette: Curly Maple binding and Spalted Maple rosette

Side position marker: Clay dots

Purfling: black

Tuning machines: Waverly with Ebony buttons

Fret: Stainless

Logo: Shell

Fretboard Inlay: Stars

Pickup: K&K Pure

Pickguard: White pearloid custom shape

Finish: Satin

Case: Hiscox

Custom options for a BDR SSD include alternate top woods, and alternate fretboard and string spacing dimensions. Benjamin's one-of-a-kind headstock inlay and pickguard cannot be duplicated.

Contact us for more info on getting your own BDR SSD

Benjamin’s music has taken him touring across North America and beyond! Check out his tour schedule to find out where you can see him live.

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