2018 BiLT Volare Reclaimed Carved Redwood Cedar Top Mastery Bridge Lollar Pickups Hard Case

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Today, Lawman Guitars is Presenting..

One of our newest additions to the Lawman Guitars BiLT line of fine guitars.

A Brand New 2018 BiLT Hand Carved Top and Back Reclaimed Redwood Cedar Volare Guitar with original Hardshell Case. This is a new model for the BiLT Brand and its really really cool…Its one of two that will be be built from this reclaimed Cedar…Yes, I’m trying to buy the other one..LOL… All the other Volares will not have this reclaimed Cedar and the tops will not be carved. A special, special guitar from these awesome guitar builders!

This cool guitar was invisioned by the talented BiLT Guitar Guys, Tim and Bill and it all started with a Redwood Cedar Plank that Tim Thelen had salvaged…This board came from a Watertower in Kirkwood MO that served a Brown Shoe Company Factory. It looks amazing in a guitar now and I’m really proud to have this guitar and its Shoe Factory Legacy for my customers.

This is one of two that the guys have hand carved. Yes, they use a machine to initially create the lines but hard labor follows with hand tools to give this guitar a hand built carved top and back. The top is a a strong ¼ inch and just tapping the top gives a glimpse of the musical tone of this old growth wood. The core is Mahogany and the neck, also hand carved, is a ROASTED Highly figured maple. They have created their own seasoning of the wood they call roasting to give the wood a much older appearance and much more stability than using traditional drying methods. It also smells really good before finishing…LOL..

It comes in the incredible natural finish which is quite dark. The fretboard has large black fret positions which really reminded me of a Geddy Lee Bass…very cool on a guitar. Black Binding to set it off… They used Vintage Fender fretwire on the medium C shape neck with a 9.5" radius. It has a 25 ½ inch scale neck that feels like a Fender and the nut measures 1 ¾ inch… Also upgraded Blacked out Mastery Bridge and Tremelo Tailpiece. That’s a special order item from Mastery … What a guitar!!

Lets talk Pickups! It has the upgraded Lollar Imperial Humbucker in the Neck position and Lollars P94 Looks Single Coil in the Bridge… They sound huge! Combined with the warm body dymanics of this guitar, you can achieve every style of music from Rock and Blues to County and Jazz. I played them all on this guitar and it sounds incredible!

I played this awesome guitar in the BiLT Shop then proceeded to demo it in another shop and played it for about and hour. What a great guitar. Incredible action and the pickups make you feel like a ROCK STAR! They are so powerful…Cool cool guitar.

Lawman Guitars is now an Authorized BILT Guitar Dealer. These really cool Handmade guitars are made right here in Des Moines Iowa. Built by two Luthiers Tim Thelen and Bill Henss…They started building custom guitars for a great line up of Bands, such as Imagine Dragons, Nels Cline of Wilco, Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit and many others. Notable players from the Des Moines Music Scene include Envy Corps and The Nadas.

Here is some info on the builders…


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 dancy 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.


This particular guitar is the Volare …Reclaimed Carved top and back Cedar!… Incredible Lollar Pickups. This guitar sounds as cool as it looks. What a Player!

Heres the details of this cool guitar…


Reclaimed Cedar Hand Carved Top and back with a Mahogany core


Roasted Flamey Maple, Black Bound, rosewood fingerboard, 25 1/2" scale, 9.5" radius, Nut 1 ¾ inches


Kluson tuners, Mastery Blacked out colored Bridge and Whammy Tailpiece




Lollar Imperial Humbucker in Neck, Lollar Single Coil in bridge

Finish Color:


It ships in the TKL Deluxe Hardshell Case.

Stay tuned for more BiLT Guitars from our Shop. I expect to have many more in the future.

Thanks for checking out our new line of BiLT Guitars. Be sure to check out all of our cool vintage guitars as well.

Mike at Lawman Guitars

Shop Brand: BiLT

Shop All: Electric


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