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Charis (Bill Wise)
In 1996, while searching for a new guitar to satisfy his desire for a high quality fingerstyle instrument, those who knew of Bill's extraordinary wood-working talent suggested that he build his own. He had never really thought about building a guitar until that moment. Though he loved woodworking and guitars, he had never considered putting the two interests together. However, after stringing up his first instrument and hearing the clarity and beauty of its music, he decided to become a luthier full time.It was then that Charis Acoustic was born.The demanding skills and attention to detail required to design and build a superior guitar were not new to Bill. During his 15 years in the engineering profession, he was recognized on a number of occasions for his outstanding work in the industry, including: * Receiving grants for seven United States Patents * Receiving three defensive publications * Being selected by the GM President's Council as one of the top 100 individuals of General Motors in 1995 * Receiving the prestigious Charles "Boss" Kettering award from Delphi Delco Electronics Systems in 1995 * Being inducted into the Delphi Automotive Innovation Hall of fame in 1999.Despite his success in the engineering profession, it was his passion for creating guitars, which ultimately drove him to follow this new career path.Music and craftsmanship are woven into the fabric of Bill's heritage. His father and grandfather are both excellent craftsmen and mechanical designers, and his mother's family exudes artistic and musical talent. With such a rich combination of genetics and family influence, it's no wonder Bill has found his way to this unique pursuit.
Bay City, Michigan
Phil Keaggy, Michael Card, Jason Truby, Scott Bernard, Barney Betka, Nathan Tasker, John Michael Talbot, Ray Cummins, Jonah Sage, Greg Lygon, Mike Pachelli, Andrej Grozdanov, Doug Adamz
Small Jumbo, Grand Concert