We set off to work with Bill with the aim of creating a Charis build which will stretch one's dollar value with the best we can curate tonally for a versatile spruce and rosewood combination.
The result of choice was a Charis SJ built with rare Swiss alpine spruce top and gorgeous East Indian rosewood (and another similar piece in short scale).
Swiss alpine spruce was chosen for the top as it has been prized by luthiers for its quick response and great headroom. This light weight top projects harmonic complexity and offers fullness at the lower end of the dynamic range, allowing for rich bell-like tones across a wide tonal spectrum. Aesthetically, It enjoys the advantage of a gorgeous colour and uniformity in grain over adirondack red spruce tops, another Holy Grail of topwoods for steel-string guitars.
Indian rosewood was chosen for the back and sides as they have an extremely high velocity of sound and a broad range of overtones. In particular, they contribute to a strong and complex bottom end which imparts an overall warmth to the tone of a guitar. Often underrated due to its wide availability, this tonewood can be super-charged in the hands of the right luthier.
Bill Wise has once again surprised us with his finesse in his craft. Playing one of these will certainly redefine ones' stereotype of indian rosewood guitars. You will be hard-pressed to differentiate this tonally in a blind test from countless other guitars built with supposedly more "premium rosewood". Expect a super-charged tone in a understated guitar with this build.
All our Charis guitars are built with only AAAA and Mastergrade woods. Expect luxurious appointments and an elegant florentine cutaway on every piece.
Charis SJ guitar in Swiss alpine spruce and Indian rosewood.
Koa binding and black/white purfling across a lovely Swiss alpine spruce top.
Charis' unique "Doves in flight" fingerboard inlays comprises of nine doves etched intricately with mother of pearl. Stainless steel frets stretches across the entire ebony fingerboard.
Mother of pearl rosette decorated with black/white lines.
Polished ebony heel cap with 5-piece neck in Mahogany/Maple/Rosewood/Maple/Mahogany.
East indian rosewood sides framed in Hawaiian koa binding.
Fully quartered east indian rosewood back framed in Hawaiian koa binding.
Mastergrade Indian rosewood polished to a perfect shine.
Ebony headstock with black/white purfling and mother of pearl Charis logo.
Gold Gotoh 510 tuners with wood koa tuning buttons provides for additional tuning stability and precision.
Front view of Charis SJ with Swiss spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides.
Back view of Charis SJ with Swiss spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides.
Custom-built lightweight mainstage fibre-glass hardcase decked in plush blue interior (Retail USD$850).
Body Style : SJ
Cutaway : Florentine cutaway
Top : Swiss alpine spruce
Back & Sides : East Indian rosewood (Fully Quartered)
Bindling : Koa
Rosette : Mother of Pearl with black/white lines.
Top Purfling : Black/White lines. Side Purfling : Black/White lines.
Back Purfling : Black/White lines.
Neck : Mahogany / Maple / Rosewood / Maple / Mahogany
Nut Wide : 1 3/4"
Saddle Spacing : 2 1/4"
Neck Profile : Standard
Scale Length : Standard Scale 24.9"
Heel Cap : Ebony
Fingerboard : Ebony
Fingerboard Purfling : None.
Fingerboard Markers : Doves in flight (MOP)
Fingerboard Side Markers : 2mm dots
Frets : Stainless Steel
Headstock : Ebony
Headstock Trim : B/W Lines
Headstock Logo : Mother of pearl
Headstock Back : Ducktail joint
Headstock Back Trim : None.
Tuners : Gold Gotoh 510 with wood buttons
Bridge : Ebony
Saddle : Bone
Nut : Bone
Case : Cutsom-fitted Mainstage fibre-glass case with white granite exterior and blue interior.
Retail Price: SGD$8500