CHARIS SJ S/N 445 Build Thread
Mastergrade Cedar top with African Blackwood back and sides
We were inspired to curate two cedar Charis guitars in the month of Jauary 2016 after playing a lovely cedar maple parlor that passed through the store earlier. This build is paired with african blackwood back and sides to give a further boost in warmth and bottom end to an already full and complex sounding tone.
African blackwood is known to provide for outstanding volume and power. It's tonal richness has also been compared well to Brazilian rosewood, besting it in some ways. A generally heavier and more stable wood than the more widely known brazilian rosewood, african blackwood offers clarity, sustain, orchestral weightiness, sweetness, and plenty of reverberating overtones. It is black and sometimes found with gorgeous sap, but in the right light you will often be treated to faceted grains and variations of black, brown, purple, and red.
African blackwood is also amongst the densest woods in the world (and also one of the most expensive). The trees grow in isolated areas of the west african deserts and the trunks of these trees are twisted and small, making it rare to find fully quartered two piece sets that are aesthetically pleasing.