CHARIS SJ S/N 440 Build Thread
European Swiss Spruce top with Hawaiian Koa back and sides
We had the pleasure to work on a visually stunning piece of koa sourced by Bill in the month of November 2015. Highly flamed koa with dark chocolatey stripes are hard to come by these days,  making this build an extremely visually exciting one for us.

This SJ was  built with our favourite european swiss alpine spruce top and we chose a more subtle cocobolo binding over our often preferred koa to give this build a tinge of understated elegance.


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.

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

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

Highly flamed Hawaiian koa back and sides with cocobolo backstrip.

Stainless steel frets being fitted on an ebony fingerboard with doves in flight fingerboard markers.

Fingerboard being affixed to a 5 piece neck for increased neck stability in Mahogany / Maple / Rosewood / Maple / Mahogany.

Fingerboard and neck being buffed to a perfect shine.

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

Ebony backplate with a "ducktail" neck joint outlined with pearl abalone purfling. This carefully carved raised edge adds to strength and mass without trespassing into the playing section of the neckjoint.

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

A classy forentine cutaway outlined in cocobolo binding tastefully done by Bill. Florentine cutaways typically require more time to build relative to a venetian cutaway due to its more complex construction.

Completed cocobolo end graft in luscious red with black and white lining prior to buffing.

Bill fitting on stainless steel fretwire specially for our builds.

Bill polishing his stainless steel frets to a shine.

Another masterpiece by Bill - Charis SJ in European Swiss Spruce and Hawaiian Koa.

Another masterpiece by Bill - Charis SJ in European Swiss Spruce and Hawaiian Koa.