CHARIS SJ S/N 441 Build Thread
European Swiss Spruce top with Ziricote back and sides

Bill offered us an exotic piece of highly figured Ziricote in the month of December. Needless to say,  we acquired it withtout hesitation to create a visually captivating piece that will surely delight any wood lover. Our favourite swiss spruce top was chosen as usual to pair with the Ziricote back and sides.


European swiss 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 unparallelled 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.


Zircote is one of the most visually appealing woods on the planet. It has wonderful colors that intertwine vivid black ink lines with grays, golds, browns, olives and rust colors. Tonally, they sound similar to rosewood and projects a clean, resonant and reverb-like tone. Ziricote typically also offeres more clarity than the more familiar east indian rosewood.

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