- Type / luthier: Classical Guitar / Paul Fischer 'Conservatoire' model
- Year of construction: 1995
- Scale length: 650 mm
- Width: 52 mm
- Top: Spruce
- Bracing: Lattice (Paul Fischer 'taut' system)
- Tuners: Rogers
- Back / Sides: Maple
- Fingerboard / Bridge: Ebony / Rosewood
- Sound: Resonant and penetrating
- Condition: Has suffered some impact damage (see below)
- Price: GBP 2500
- Viewing advised
- Location (nearest city): Oxford UK
This is a very individual guitar both in design and in sound, made in 1995. The bracing is Paul Fischer’s ‘taut’ system and it has two soundholes in the upper bout; this design derived from Paul's experiments with configurations based on one of Simplicio’s designs from the 1930s. Its sound is rich and resonant with a quality reminiscent of the baroque lute and it has excellent projection. Tone and volume is very even across all the strings and sustain is very good throughout its range. Its somewhat penetrating tone makes it an effective instrument for playing in a mixed ensemble.
The guitar lives in a very robust carbon fibre and leather case that I got in 2015 - the prototype of the guitar case that can be seen on the caldercases.com site.
Unfortunately six or so years ago when I moved house, before it acquired this case, the guitar sustained some damage when a music stand fell on it. However it is a robustly built instrument and the damage is superficial and doesn’t affect its playability. However I have reduced the asking price considerably to reflect the damage.
The attached photos include various views of the guitar, including pictures of the damage (which is obvious in closeup but doesn’t show up that much in use because of the light colour of the guitar). I think one of the tuning machines may be very slightly bent - but I don’t think you can actually see this in the photo, and it doesn’t affect its function.
This Fischer guitar was my main instrument for 10 years or so and I hadn't intended to sell it but, somewhat unexpectedly, I won a 2017 Ramirez Guitare del Tiempo in the raffle at the West Dean Classical Guitar Festival this year. This has turned out to be an excellent instrument and provided me with a dilemma as to which guitar to sell as I no longer have the space for three full size guitars!
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Eric from GuitarLoot
Renaissance and Baroque freak; classical guitars by Lester Backshall (2008), Ramirez (Guitarra del Tiempo 2017),
Yamaha (SLG 130NW silent classical guitar 2014).