Charis Grand Concert
Charis Grand Concert, Cutaway
The Grand Concert is one of two models available from engineer-turned-luthier Bill Wise's Charis Guitars. Bill's dedication to craftsmanship and tonal excellence are readily apparent in his work. This particularly stunning Charis is a Grand Concert Cutaway, featuring a back and sides made with beautifully figured Ziricote, paired with a Master Grade Engelmann Spruce top. A Florentine cutaway adds to the visual apppeal, while providing easy access to the higher frets. The body and fingerboard are bound with Ebony, and the fingeboard itself is inlaid with a Dove motif, in mother of pearl. The neck is built as a five-piece laminate, with Mahogany toward the edges, a strip of Maple down the middle, and what I believe might be Ziricote as the third layer, in between. The combination of the laminated neck, the highly figured back, and all the fine purfling and mitering result in a splendid, elegant visual experience.
The truss rod cover is made from Ziricote, and the fretboard and bridge are of Ebony. Paua Abalone adorns the rosette, and forms the top trim. Chrome Schaller tuners with Ebony buttons provide a suitable crown.
This guitar is in otherwise excellent to mint condition, but it has developed a few finish cracks in the area of the tail block. Observant Imagine Guitars readers will notice that I had this instrument up for sale a few months back. It was taken down when I noticed the finish checks. This guitar has spent the last two months in the possession of my trusted tech/luthier, while we formulated our plan for stabilizing and possibly restoring the finish. We ultimately decided to stabilize the finish checks with jet, but to avoid refinishing the affected area (avoiding a refinish is always my preference.) So the end result is that there are five or so hairline checks in the finish that run laterally out from the tail stripe (parallel to the top.) This instrument has a pretty sizeable tail block (about 5-6" wide!) and the checks do not extend beyond it. Our best guess is that differing expansion rates of the 'free' Ziricote vs. the Ziricote attached to the tailblock stressed the finish, causing it to crack. I will have detailed pictures posted soon.
Includes Calton deluxe flight case.
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