1993 Paul Fischer "Virtuoso" SP/CSAR
|Back & Sides||CSA Rosewood|
|Scale Length||650 mm|
|Nut width||52 mm|
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One of Britain’s most respected builders, Paul Fischer has been making guitars in his own workshop since 1975. Prior to that, he studied first with harpsichord maker Robert Goble, and later built guitars in the famed David Rubio workshop in Oxfordshire, producing Rubio guitars with his initials "PF" stamped on the inside of the guitar, a practice well known from the Jose Ramirez shop prior to 1971. This is a great example of Fischer's "Virtuoso" model which is a more traditionally built, David Rubio-esque style of build, in contrast to his more modern "Taut" model for which he is also well-known. Materials are top quality including a gorgeous set of colorful CSA rosewood for the back and sides, with generous amounts of snakewood, used in the binding, foot wedge, head veneer, back center strip and even in the tuning machine buttons (made by Rodgers). Playability is very smooth, with a very punchy responsiveness, resulting in great ease of right hand playing. The guitar has a plump, warm sound, with a very clear core to each note, and has great balance all the way from the lowest bass note to the highest treble. These guitars have been played by numerous concert artists over the years including the Assads, Nicolo Hall, John Mills, Paulo Bellinati and Eduardo Fernandez among others. Perhaps the most recorded artist on Fischer is Jason Vieaux. You can hear his Fischer on several fine records available here.