Tim Thelen was ready to say goodbye to guitar making for good. But when a customer in the guitar repair shop he worked in asked him to add some effects to his instrument, Thelen couldn’t resist for long. Bilt Guitars was born shortly after.
With only three full-time staff members to its name, this boutique guitar shop in Des Moines boasts an impressive client list.
Famous clients include Wayne Sermon (Imagine Dragons), Dave Keuning (The Killers), Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), Nels Cline (Wilco), and many others.
Bilt Guitars offers four models of custom-made guitars.