Founder (Luthier) Bill Wise
Music and craftsmanship are a big part of Bill's heritage. His father and grandfather were excellent craftsmen and mechanical designers. Artistry and musical talent are matched on his mother's side as well. In 1996, while searching for a new guitar to satisfy his desire for a high quality finger-style instrument, those who know of Bill's talent and ability suggested he build his own. After stringing up his first instrument and hearing the clarity and beauty of its sound, he decided lutherie must become a full time pursuit, Charis Acoustic was born!
Prior to lutherie, Bill spent the first 15 years in the engineering profession earning him:
- Seven grants for United States Patents
- Three Defensive Publications
- Selection by the GM President's Council as one of the top 100 individuals of General Motors in 1995
- The prestigious Charles "Boss" Kettering award from Delphi Delco Electronics Systems in 1995
- Induction into the Delphi Automotive Hall of Fame in 1999
It was his drive and passion in the engineering profession that poured over into the detail and design work that he puts into each instrument he builds today.
What's In A Name
CHARACTER - CHARISMA - CHARIS
PRONOUNCED KAIR-ISS - A GREEK WORD WHICH MEANS GRACE
"The word 'grace' can have many meanings (agility, dexterity, balance, harmony). However, Charis was not formed with any of these specific ideas in mind, although it is hoped that they will apply to each instrument. The idea behind choosing the name comes from my ever increasing amazement at the Grace of God, grace that allows one as undeserving as me to be a child of God. This relationship was possible when Jesus Christ died to make
me right with God. It is this grace that inspired the name Charis Acoustic."
"IT IS MY HOPE THAT EACH INSTRUMENT WILL, IN SOME WAY, BE USED BY GOD TO DRAW PEOPLE TO HIS AMAZING GRACE. THIS IS MY MOTIVATION TO CREATE FINE INSTRUMENTS. IF I CAN BE OF ANY ASSISTANCE IN YOUR SEARCH FOR PEACE WITH GOD, PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO CONTACT ME."
- BILL WISE