Anyone know anything about “Doc” Fisher t-style gtr’s?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Esquire Bob, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. Esquire Bob

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    I’ve been looking at smaller t-style builders. I really like the Fisher guitars. I know Redd Volkart has one. That means a lot to me. Any other thoughts/experiences? Thanks
     
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    I posted a similar thread, got no responses. I rolled the dice and bought one. Absolutely far and away the best tele I’ve ever played. I’ve owned a lot of teles over the years and played a ton more, but none compare.

    This has a ton of sustain, the notes all ring nice and clear, beautiful tele tone without the “ice pick in the ears” treble. I took it to my teacher, who has made his living playing for the last 40 years and he said he’d never played one so nice and that the fretwork was perfect.

    You can also get a nice growl if you dig in. And Doc is great to work with. His only concern is making the best possible guitar for you.

    I can’t recommend them highly enough. Give him a call and see for yourself.

    Feel free to IM me with any questions.
     
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    Thanks for the reply.
    I’ve gone ahead and ordered one.
    We’re currently waiting on the neck.
    Lots of fun decisions to be made.
    Please tell me about your tele.
    What woods, neck and paint did you get?
    Do you have his pick ups? What do you think?
    I’m in for the full Fisher experience.
    Swamp ash, his pick up etc.
    Haven’t chosen finish as I want to see the body he chooses.
    Does he do anything to the body? Soften the edges etc?
    Looking forward to hearing from you. I guess you and I are rare birds.
     
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    You won't regret it. When I sent him what I was looking for he said he actually had one hanging on his wall that fit the bill. It's butterscotch with a maple fingerboard. I've got his pickups in it and I wouldn't change a thing. Part of the Doc Fisher value is that he hand winds the pickups to match the resonance of the individual guitar. Putting in different pickups kind of defeats the purpose. He told me what kind of wood it was, but I forget.

    The edges are a little softer than my Fender teles, but not much. It's very comfortable. I usually practice for 3 or 4 hours a day and I haven't had any issues with comfort. It's on the light side, but with no neck dive. The control plate is distressed and it has an aged look, but it's not a relic.

    I'm so happy with this that we're talking about a strat.

    Here's a pic

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    And the average price on his Tele's is...

    ...$2k! :eek: Yikes! Way over my pay grade!
     
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    He builds guitars.....and practices medicine.
     
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    For me, I've spent way more than $2k looking for the perfect tele, so in the long run it's cheaper. But I agree that for most of us this is a major investment.
     
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    Two custom builders often mentioned here are Ron Kirn and Bob Logan. Ron's prices are only slightly lower than what you mentioned for Doc Fisher....and apparently Bob's start at around $1000. Still, lots of money to many of us! ;)
     
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    Any update on your guitar? I liked mine so much I ordered a strat from him too.
     
  10. Esquire Bob

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    Yes! The neck is back, Doc Fisher chose a great light weight swamp ash body. I really wanted to turn him loose on the build. I’m letting the woods etc dictate to him pick up strength etc. I believe that we are going with a lite-Mary Kay finish. So we can still see the grain. I did upgrade to a full flame neck. I really like the color of Redd’s guitar’s neck, kind of gray/brown. So I chose that finish. That’s where its at currently. Thanks for the inquiry!
     
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    I hope you like yours as much as I like mine! Please post when you get it, I'd love to see it.
     
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