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Paul Fischer – Simplicio 1999


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Born on the Isle of Man but brought up in the city of Oxford, it was here that he began his career under the tutelage of the renowned harpsichord maker Robert Goble, making instruments within the finest European tradition. Further study at the Oxford College of Art and Technology completed his training. Paul is rare in having this skill with different instruments but his love of the guitar led him to a chance meeting with the late David Rubio, at Duns Tew, Oxfordshire, a renowned place visited by Julian Bream and John Williams. As chief instrument maker and manager he remained with Rubio for a number of years. Success with his own instruments during this period under the Rubio label and stamped P.F (which can still be seen in use today), led him to establish his own studio in 1975. In 1983 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to extend his research into the forest of Brazil. Paul Fischer has served as an advisor to the crafts Panel for the Southern Arts Association, and also as a Technical Advisor and Panel Member of the Crafts Council of Great Britain. He still dedicates his life to making fine instruments with a panoramic view of the Cotswold Hills from his workbench. As the classical guitar has joined the mainstream in the second half of the 20th century, he has been one of the figures in the vanguard and at the cutting edge of the evolution of the modern concert guitar. His instruments have been featured in many publications including the best seller ‘The Complete Guitarist’ by Richard Chapman (Dorling Kindersley 1993), and ‘The Classical Guitar: A Complete History’ by John Morrish et al (Balafon 1997). This is a 1999 Paul Fischer Simplicio copy. Francisco Simplicio made at least nine guitars with divided sound hole. If you ask yourself what was the idea behind this kind of sound hole: By dividing the sound hole on either side of the fret board there would be more room for the top to vibrate and also the the longer braces would produce more base resonance. The top is made of spruce – back and sides are made of beautiful Satinwood. The condition is very good and has only a very thin crack on the side near the heel. Only on one top you can see some sings but nothing serious. The tuning machines are made by Rodgers. A hard-shell case is included.

Luthier: Paul Fischer
Construction year: 1999
Top: Spruce
Back and sides: Satinwood
Scale: 650 mm
Nut: 52 mm

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