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Old 04-06-2016, 12:34 PM
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Default Bernard Godfrey Guitars - New Charis Acoustics Arrivals !

We carry one of the widest collection of premium Charis Acoustics worldwide and will be posting our new arrivals here frequently so do check in often!

Do give us a bump too if you spot anything that is calling out to you!



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Old 04-06-2016, 12:52 PM
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Default Charis SJ Cedar Maple S/N #444

Charis SJ Cedar Maple S/N #444

We were inspired to curate two cedar Charis guitars after playing a lovely cedar maple parlor that passed through our store earlier. This cedar build is paired with highly flamed maple back and sides to add articulation and clarity to a sweet and big cedar tone.

Red cedar is much more responsive than any spruce tops and has the benefit of lush overtones and a full bottom end. Cedar tops require a significantly shorter break-in period than spruce tops, giving them a big voice even when newly commissioned. Maple on the other hand, tends to be more acoustically transparent than other tonewoods. They allow tonal characteristics of the top wood to be heard without coloration, resulting in great clarity of tone.

This build is fast becoming our favourite Charis guitar in the house. Apart from being aesthetically stunning, its broad tonal spectrum and articulation will certainly delight any player.

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Old 04-08-2016, 09:27 AM
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Default Charis SJ Swiss Alpine Spruce Ziricote S/N #441

Charis SJ Swiss Alpine Spruce Ziricote S/N #441

Bill offered us an exotic piece of highly figured Ziricote in the month of December 2015 to create a visually captivating piece that will surely delight any wood lover. We chose to pair it with our favourite Swiss spruce top as usual for a great sounding guitar.

Swiss alpine 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 on the other hand 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 offers more clarity than the more familiar East Indian rosewood.

This build will certainly appeal well to a player who appreciates natural wood grains as much as a great tone.

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Old 04-08-2016, 09:36 AM
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Beautiful guitars, Bernard--the maple SJ is one of the prettiest Charis guitars I believe I've ever seen. The Ziricote is too shabby either! GLWTS
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:28 AM
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Beautiful guitars, Bernard--the maple SJ is one of the prettiest Charis guitars I believe I've ever seen. The Ziricote is too shabby either! GLWTS
Thank you for your kind words. I'm absolutely with you on the Maple There is much understated elegance to this under appreciated tonewood. Bill certainly pulled this together like a true artisan.
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:48 AM
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Default Charis SJ Swiss Alpine Spruce Madagascar Rosewood S/N #435

Charis SJ Swiss Alpine Spruce Madagascar Rosewood S/N #435

We had the pleasure of working with Bill to curate two Charis guitars which, in our opinion, will offer the richest of tones decked in the finest aesthetic appointments without having to break the bank. The result of choice was a Charis SJ built with Swiss alpine spruce top and a fully quartered Madagascar rosewood (with another piece in African blackwood).

Swiss alpine 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 unparalleled 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.

Madagascar rosewood was chosen for the back and sides for characteristics often compared head to head with Brazilian rosewood. Tonally, Madagascar rosewood offers great bass response with an exceptionally dynamic high-end often not found in east indian rosewood.

This build exhibits this trait perfectly. You will hear some of the sweetest trebles with an exceptionally articulate and dynamic mid range, and a rich bass end (Abeit less bell-like than its African blackwood counterpart) which will certainly delight any player.


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The best word I can think to describe all these is "delicious"! WOW!!! You guys really spec'd these fantastic.
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The best word I can think to describe all these is "delicious"! WOW!!! You guys really spec'd these fantastic.
Thank you Couldn't have done it without Bill. He's the real artisan. I'm just a fanboy.
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Default Charis SJ Swiss Spruce African Blackwood S/N #436

Charis SJ Swiss Spruce African Blackwood S/N #436

We had the pleasure of working with Bill to curate two Charis guitars which, in our opinion, will offer the richest of tones decked in the finest aesthetic appointments without having to break the bank. The result of choice was a Charis SJ built with Swiss alpine spruce top and a fully quartered African blackwood (with another in Madagascar rosewood).

Swiss alpine 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. African blackwood was chosen for the back and sides as they are 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.

We are extremely impressed and delighted by this build. This guitar is easily the richest and most harmonically complex sounding guitar we have in the store.


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Default Charis SJ Swiss Spruce Indian Rosewood S/N #432

Charis SJ Swiss Spruce Indian Rosewood S/N #432

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 spruce and rosewood combination. The result of choice was a Charis SJ built with rare Swiss alpine spruce top and gorgeous East Indian rosewood.

Swiss alpine spruce was chosen for the topwood as they have 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.

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Default Charis SJ Swiss Spruce Hawaiian Koa S/N #440

Charis SJ Swiss Spruce African Blackwood S/N #440

We had the pleasure to work on a visually stunning piece of koa sourced by Bill with plenty of flames and dark chocolatey stripes. These are very hard to come by these days which added to our excitement. This SJ was built with our favourite Swiss alpine spruce top and we chose a more subtle cocobolo binding over our often preferred koa to give this build a tinge of understated elegance.

Swiss alpine 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 unparalleled 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.

The Hawaiin koa on this guitar results in exceptionally sweet mids and highs with plenty of harmonics. The resulting balance is a guitar which works amazingly well for strumming and fingerstyle. We have always loved our African blackwood and Madagascar rosewood Charis guitars but this piece in Koa certainly holds its own character.

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