A guitar built with African blackwood is easily the richest and most harmonically complex sounding. Paired with a cedar spruce top, this particular build enjoys a further boost in warmth and bottom end to an already full and complex sounding tone.

Cedar is much more responsive than spruce tops and has the benefit of lush overtones and a full bottom end. They require a significantly shorter break-in period than spruce tops, giving them a big voice fresh out of the box.

On the back and sides, African blackwood is known to provide for outstanding volume and power with a tonal richness that compares 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.

This consigned guitar has been kept in immaculate condition and is as good as new. It is easily one of the best sounding and aesthetically pleasing guitar we have in the store right now.

Charis SJ guitar in cedar and African blackwood complete with lush abalone purfling.

Charis SJ decked in premium wood and luxurious appointments with a classy florentine cutaway.

Highly flamed koa binding and mother of pearl purfling across a lovely mastergrade cedar spruce top with a triple-ring rosette decorated with cocobolo and mother of pearl.

Charis' unique "Doves in flight" fingerboard inlays comprises of nine doves etched intricately with mother of pearl. Stainless steel frets and mother of pearl purfling stretches across the entire ebony fingerboard.

Ebony bridged polished to a shine etched with a pair of doves in mother of pearl. A bone saddle provides for additional tonal richness and sustain.

Polished ebony heel cap with 5-piece neck in Mahogany/Maple/Rosewood/Maple/Mahogany.

Old-growth African blackwood sides framed in flamed Hawaiian koa binding.

Fully quartered old-growth African blackwood back with highly flamed koa backstrip running down the center adorned with highly flamed koa binding.

Old-growth African blackwood framed in some of the finest flame Hawaiian koa.

Ebony headstock with mother of pearl purfling complete with a matching koa Charis logo outlined in mother of pearl.

Gold Gotoh 510 tuners with matching curly koa tuning buttons provides for additional tuning stability and precision.

Front view of Charis SJ guitar in cedar and African blackwood.

Back view of Charis SJ guitar in cedar and African blackwood.

Full Specifications

Body Style : SJ

Cutaway : Florentine cutaway

Top : Cedar spruce

Back & Sides : African blackwood (Fully Quartered)

Backstrip : Highly flamed koa

Bindling : Highly flamed koa

Rosette : Cocobolo / Mother of pearl / Cocobolo

Top Purfling : Mother of pearl Side Purfling : B/W Lines

Back Purfling : B/W Lines

Neck : Mahogany / Maple / Rosewood / Maple / Mahogany

Nut Wide : 1 3/4"

Saddle Spacing : 2 1/4"

Neck Profile : Standard

Scale Length : Standard Scale 25.6"

Heel Cap : Ebony

Fingerboard : Ebony

Fingerboard Purfling : Mother of pearl

Fingerboard Markers : Doves in flight (MOP)

Fingerboard Side Markers : 2mm dots

Frets : Stainless Steel

Headstock : Ebony

Headstock Trim : Mother of pearl

Headstock Logo : Koa with MOP outline

Headstock Back : Ebony with ducktail joint

Headstock Back Trim : Flame koa

Tuners : Gold Gotoh 510 with matching black buttons

Bridge : Ebony with MOP doves

Saddle : Bone

Nut : Bone

Case : Cutsom-fitted Mainstage fibre-glass case with white granite exterior and red interior.

Retail Price : SGD$10,800

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