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““Love for Fingerstyle guitar and my tendency to obsess on overdoing, has resulted in continuous refinement of my Fingerstyle SJ Model.””

 
 
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Meet The Charis Acoustic SJ Models

"The guitar is expressive, balanced, and easy to play, with a broad dynamic range. It has good clarity in addition to lively harmonics responding well to tapping/slapping techniques. The scale length is chosen to facilitate alternate tunings allowing tuning of the low E to D and C with good sustain and volume, while not being muddy.
...Love for Fingerstyle guitar and my tendency to obsess on overdoing, has resulted in continuous refinement of my Fingerstyle SJ model." -Bill

With a rounded profile, the sj guitar is narrow at the waist yet broad behind the bridge. It can utilize both finger picking and flat-picking styles with ease.


 

SJ Models Dimensions/Measurements

Upper Bout Width - 11.375"

Waist Width - 9.375"

Overall Body Length - 19.5"

Body Depth:
Standard Body - 4.375 at end block & 3.875 at the heel
Mid-Depth - 3.875 at end block & 3.375 at heel (1/2" less than our Standard)
Thin Body - 3.375 at end block & 2.875 at heel (1" less than our Standard)

Scale Length - 24.9" (13 frets to body) or 25.6" (14 frets to body).

Fingerboard Radius - 16" standard (Others available)

String Spacing at Saddle - 2.25" & 2.3125"
(Others available)

Nut Widths - 1.75" & 1.8125" are standard
(Others available)

Lower Bout Width - 15.25"

 
 

CHARIS AIR SJ
(LIGHTWEIGHT & THIN BODIED)

Body Depth 3.375 at end block & 2.875 at the heel (1" less than our Standard SJ)
Adirondack Spruce/Mahogany Short Scale, with custom weight reduction specs and techniques.

Bill was given a challenge by Kenny Loggins to build a three pound Ultra-Light SJ. After a lot of development work & time, this challenge was met with a guitar that weighed in at 2 lbs, 15.9 oz. before Kenny installed his pick-up.

Our goals were to make an acoustic guitar that was lighter and thinner than our standard SJ but with a great acoustic tone both plugged in and unplugged. Bill met the mark! And we used our short scale neck to keep the reach around the guitar very comfortable.

We were able to hear this guitar live in concert... the sound was incredible! This shattered all stereotypes of a thin body light weight acoustic not being able to command its presence!

CHARIS LIGNOS SJ
(THIN BODIED)

Body Depth 3.375 at end block & 2.875 at the heel (1" less than our Standard SJ)

This is for the person looking for the comfort of a thin body guitar like the "Charis Air" but not necessarily needing a lightweight. Here your options for wood combinations and specs are pretty limitless.

CHARIS QUASI LIGNOS (QL) SJ
(MID-DEPTH)

Body Depth 3.875 at end block & 3.375 at the heel (1/2" less than our Standard SJ)

CHARIS CRITERION SJ
(STANDARD)

Body Depth 4.375 at end block & 3.875 at the heel