Georges Vigier past away on Thursday July 25th at  4:40 p.m.

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1Patrice Vigier
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26 Jul 2007 23:46


My father, Georges Vigier past away on Thursday July 25th at  4:40 p.m.

In spite of the sadness that I feel, I wish to thank him for the important contribution he made to Vigier Guitars.

He believed in me when everyone was predicting the collapse of  my project and was naturally there for me to help when things were hard and there when things got better.

In 1980,  he participated in my first trade show. He completely made the booth and many more afterwards. Despite the fact that he was ill, he came to the last trade show in Paris and as usual was happy and proud to see the success of our guitars. (see photo)

In his private life he built homes. He enjoyed designing and constructing and used these talents to build and create in-house machines for Vigier,  the first workshop in 1980 and supervised the construction of our last factory in 2001.

He was not a guitarist, but understood how guitars work. From the conception of  the first tremolo mounted on ball bearings to the  last one for the Excalibur or to Ron Thal's Foot guitar system so the wings open when he pushes on the tremolo, he showed how creative he was.

One of his major contributions for  manufacturing was the machinery that tools our fingerboards at 1/100 of a millimetre.

For Vigier owners, know that until recently he manufactured your guitar's electronic.

I wanted to make this text short, so  I cannot enumerate everything he did in 27 years for Vigier. What he did was done  with altruism, (thousands of hours) and with modesty. Always trusting and respecting my choices.

I will miss him terribly along with the complicity we had together.

I will be forever thankful to him for understanding very early on my passion for guitars.

Patrice Vigier

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Mike Keller
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27 Jul 2007 00:02

Patrice, You have my deepest sympathies. He sounds like a very special man, and remember that even though he may be gone, he will live on in every fine instrument you build, as well as in you and your children. peace, Mike Keller
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27 Jul 2007 12:16

I am very sorry to hear about your and your familys loss. All the best Martin Lau  
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27 Jul 2007 17:55

My father past away two months ago and I feel for you Patrice, He was not only my father but my best friend and I miss him deeply. My condolances and sympathy to you and your family at this sad time. I wish you well and will see you later this year.   
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28 Jul 2007 18:56

You have my sympathy, Patrice. I feel very sorry for your loss.
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15 Aug 2007 02:03

Patrice, I lost my father 24 yrs. ago, and I still think about him and appreciate him more everyday.  I am sorry for your loss, and will think of your father when I'm playing your guitars. 
1Patrice Vigier
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21 Aug 2007 08:46

Thank you for all of you for those who e-mailed me.

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23 Aug 2007 21:56

I am so sad for you, to hear of your loss Patrice.  He lives on through you.  I also lost my father this year.  March 23rd.  My Prayers are with you for healing. 
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