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We work very closely with Bill Wise from Charis Acoustics to ensure that every guitar added to our Collection at Bernard Godfrey is one of a kind - exceptional in tone and aesthetically gorgeous. This is made possible through elaborate correspondences with Bill and meticulous attention to detail in every stage of the building process.
 
Stay tuned to this page for a peek into the build process of every Charis guitar in our collection before they reach our store. Expect behind the scenes photographs from wood selection, bracing, intricate inlay work and much more. Witness master luthier Bill Wise at his best and appreciate the finesse in luthiery that goes into every guitar he builds.

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Charis Acoustic Guitar Build Thread

CHARIS SJ S/N 440
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.
CHARIS SJ S/N 436
European Swiss Spruce top with African Blackwood back and sides

Fully quartered African Blackwood with gorgeous sap are rare to come by due to the smaller nature of these trees and we were thrilled when Bill had a piece to offer in the month of October 2015.
 
CHARIS SJ S/N 435
European Swiss Spruce top with Madagascar Rosewood back and sides
 
We had the pleasure of working with Bill on a fully quartered Madagascar rosewood in the month of October 2015. These endangered woods are becoming increasingly hard to come by and we were certainly delighted on this occasion..
CHARIS SJ S/N 445
Mastergrade Cedar top with African Blackwood back and sides
 
We have always wanted to pair a good piece of cedar with the famed African Blackwood. This gorgeous build started in January and is being crafted as we speak. Stay tuned as we bring you the latest updates.
CHARIS SJ S/N 444
Mastergrade Cedar top with maple back and sides
 
Cedar paired with maple has always worked wonders on many guitar builds. We decided to embark on this project with Bill in January to create a stunning maple Charis guitar in the finest of wood appointments.
CHARIS SJ S/N 441
European Swiss Spruce top with Ziricote back and sides

Bill had a exotic piece of highly figured Ziricote in the month of December. We acquired it wihtout 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.