Bilt and Milkman collaborate on a tweed Deluxe-style amp that adds tone options and enticing styling.

Responsive with an impressively wide range of tones. Bass knob is a welcome addition. Super sleek. Successfully sags at high volumes.

Only available to Bilt owners. Expensive. Cabinet finish might not hold up to heavy gigging.

$2,999 base price (available as add-on to Bilt order, or to current Bilt owners)


There’s a good chance your first electric guitar came in a packaged set with an amp, case, cable, some picks, a tuner, and maybe even an instruction book. Mine did—and I still remember the excitement I felt while opening it on that fateful Christmas morning. The Bilt Starter Pack is a chic, high-end, customized guitar/amp combo package designed to re-capture that thrill for players with fancier tastes. And while the Starter Pack isn’t exactly designed for budget-conscious newbies, unless you already own a Bilt guitar, it’s the only way to get your hands on the new Bilt Amp.

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New guitars from an up-and-coming company with a distinctly retro feel

The Relevator is the first model in an up-and-coming line from BilT Guitars. The Relevator has a 25.5” scale length, a 7.25” to 9.5” compound radius maple neck with bound rosewood fingerboard, a Mastery Bridge, Seymour Duncan Antiquity II pickups, and a USA tremolo.

The Relevator comes standard with a built-in analog delay and a fuzz circuit with an oscillation for a theremin-like effect. The Relevator’s pickup configuration offers a wide array of tones along with the standard preset neck circuit. With vintage, space-racy looks and solid function and feel, the Relevator would have no trouble working its way into any lineup. BilT Guitars are handmade by Bill Henss and Tim Thelen at The Lutherie Shop in Des Moines, IA.
Photos courtesy of E. Geving