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.


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