CHARIS SJ S/N 436 Build Thread
European Swiss Spruce top with Madagascar Rosewood back and sides
We had the pleasure of working with Bill in the month of October 2015 with the aim of curating two Charis guitars which will offer the richest of tones decked in the finest aesthetic appointments without having to break the bank. Bill had a lovely fully quartered Madagascar Rosewood in his possession and it became our choice of canvas for his build.
 

European swiss alpine spruce was chosen for the top as they have been prized by luthiers for its quick response and great headroom. This light weight top projects harmonic complexity and offers unparalleled fullness at the lower end of the dynamic range, allowing for rich bell-like tones across a wide tonal spectrum. Aesthetically, It enjoys the added advantage of a gorgeous colour and uniformity in grain over adirondack red spruce tops, another Holy Grail of topwoods for steel-string guitars.

 

Madagascar rosewood was chosen for the back and sides for characteristics often compared head to head with brazilian rosewood. Tonally, madagascar rosewood offers great bass response with an exceptionally dynamic high-end often not found in east indian rosewood.

 

Madagascar Rosewood back and sides, neck block and other build parts prior to assembly.

Fully quartered madagascar rosewood hand-braced by Bill.

The insides of a Charis soundbox with Bill’s insignia etched into the neck joint.

European swiss spruce top with koa / pearl abalone / koa triple ring rosette.

A fully quartered African Madagascar Rosewood back with gorgeous sap running down the center.

Neck, headstock and fingerboard.

A 5 piece neck in mahogany / maple / rosewood / maple / mahogany allows for increased neck stability and aesthetic elegance.

Ebony headstock outlined in pearl abalone purfling with a koa Charis logo outlined in pearl.

Ebony backplate with a “ducktail” neck joint outlined in pearl abalone. Besides being aesthetically elegant, this carefully carved raised edge adds to strength and mass without trespassing into the playing section of the neck joint.

Near complete Charis guitar body prior to fixing on the neck.

The madagascar rosewood body is paired with a florentine cutaway.

Flame koa binding outlines this small jumbo body.

Pore filler being meticulously applied to the headstock.

Pore filler being meticulously applied to the guitar body, allowing the natural grains to show.

A final coat of polyeurethane prior to buffing.

A final coat of polyeurethane prior to buffing.

Bill buffing the front of the guitar to a perfect shine.

Bill buffing the back of the guitar to a perfect shine. The colour and grains in the wood starts to visually "pop" at this point.

Another masterpiece by Bill - Charis SJ in European Swiss Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood.

Another masterpiece by Bill - Charis SJ in European Swiss Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood.

A intricate headstock with matching koa tuning buttons and a koa Charis logo outlined in pearl.

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