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BilT SS Zaftig Sonic Blue Electric Guitar #19606  From BilT

Our very first BilT guitar from Bill & Tim in Des Moines, Iowa; an immediate shop favorite with a Mastery Vibrato and Fralin Hum-Cancelling P-92 pickups. 

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What We Think

Wonderful, big, airy, and clean tone with a bone-crushing overdrive voice !!!

Love these Fralin P-92 Pickups !!!

BilT SS Zaftig Sonic Blue Electric Guitar #19606—Quick 'n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure guitar specialist Eddie Berman plays a BilT SS Zaftig Sonic Blue Electric Guitar #19606 through a Divided by Thirteen JRT 9/15 Head & 1x12 Cab, Xact Tone Solutions Winford Drive Guitar Pedal, and Strymon El Capistan - dTape Delay Effect Pedal.

Manufacturer's Description from BilT

Semi-Solid, full curvy body, light weight, you google the word.

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About Manufacturer

BilT Guitars is owned and operated by Bill Henss and Tim Thelen in Des Moines, Iowa. Rather than go into the usual bio stuff, we thought you might like a look at our philosophy about making guitars.

We're A Small Company

Unless the proverbial ship comes in, you will more than likely be talking directly to the guy who is going to be carving your neck. You know, we actually like it that way because we can find out exactly what you need and deliver it. We actually care. In our opinion, the best marketing is word of mouth. We will go to great lengths to make sure you are satisfied with your guitar. Happy owners make better music and that makes us happy… so we’re all happy.


We employ the latest building techniques as of about 1949 which includes hand tools and some machines powered by induction motors. Not to say we wouldn’t love having all of our parts arrive via long slow boat from china and we just assemble and pay for magazine ads. That’s just not in the cards, so we have to make everything by hand.

No Fancy Woods

Not that we don’t appreciate the beauty, there are just plenty of folks making guitars with AAAAAAA, double star, prehistoric growth, eyeball flipping, got it from the bottom of a swamp etc. grades of woods. We drive to our supplier, sort through stacks of alder & maple and pick out nice plain clear boards that rock your face off.

We're Open To Your Ideas

If it weren’t for customers asking us to do oddball stuff like shove effects into their guitars, we wouldn’t be building. Lord knows there are enough companies and individuals out there making regular old guitars. So if you have crazy ideas about what is possible for your guitar give us a try.


Model: SS Zaftig Vibrato

Serial: 19606

Weight: 6.85 lbs

Body Material: Roasted Alder

Top Material: Alder

Body Binding: None

Body Color: Sonic Blue / Solid

Top Color: Same as Body

Body Finish: Lo-Gloss Nitro Lacquer

F-Hole: Standard

Pickguard: Tortoise Solid

Neck Material: Roasted Maple

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Neck Binding: None

Inlay: White Dot

Scale: 25.5"

Radius: 9.5"

Neck Profile: Standard Medium C

Neck Finish: Lo-Gloss Nitro Lacquer

Fret Wire: Med/Jumbo .045 - .105

Headstock Face: Painted Match Body

Swoosh: Painted Black

Decal: Black

Bridge: Mastery

Vibrato: Mastery

Plates: Standard

Plate Finish: Polished

Jack Location: Top in Plate

Neck Pickup: Fralin P-92

Bridge Pickup: Fralin P-92

Pickup Cover: Nickel

Tuners: Kluson Nickel Metal Button Vintage

Knobs: Black Mustang

Case: White BilT Hardshell