Roger Fisher’s Custom Guitars
In this fourth episode, Roger Fisher, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist for Heart, talks about his love of building custom guitars, including how he built his “LED Strat” and double-neck SG.
Check out other episodes in the Rock Music Series, including Roger Fisher talking about “Magic Man,” “Crazy on You,” and “Barracuda“
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Roger is very creative in a variety of dimensions. I found it fascinating to learn about his passion and artistry for customizing guitars. His confidence abounds as he talks about taking a saw and file to his classic Les Paul to “improve it” – not something mere mortals would likely attempt.
In this episode, Roger takes us through how he created his SG double-neck guitar, the so-called LED-strat, the Pink Lady strat, and his beautifully sculpted “Magic Man” Les Paul.
“I can sculpt stuff. It just comes naturally.”
Roger also has lots of talented friends. Roger is so affable and his passion infectious. I’m sure that’s how he easily inspires those around him. In the case of his guitars, you can see it with the innovative circuit board that uses no moving parts to change the pattern of the in-laid LEDs in the neck of the guitar, or the paint job on the Pink Lady Fender Stratocaster.
Roger’s guitars have many unique features (as far as he knows) such as using titanium for the Pink Lady fret board, sculpting divots along the back of the neck to identify by feel where the position markers are, and dividing the pegs on the head stock by 4 and 2 as opposed to 3 and 3.
“I like my guitar bodies to be really sexy.”
He also likes his guitars to have strong curves and loves putting a “butt” on the bottom of the guitar. He wants his guitars to be “really sexy.” “This is the kind of thing I want to be touching on stage.”
Even though he puts tremendous thought and effort in to the design of the guitars, he isn’t the same with the electronics. As he put it, he “doesn’t want to chase his tail in the gear world.”