The CR Onsrud inverted router allows BILT's Tim Thielen to precisely follow custom designs.
The CR Onsrud inverted router allows BILT's Tim Thielen to precisely follow custom designs.

Custom guitar manufacturer BILT Guitars, Des Moines, IA, built its shop to include the CR Onsrud Inverted Router as a key piece of woodworking machinery. The high-end boutique shop has been crafting instruments by hand since it was founded in 2011, and explains the advantages of an Inverted Router in produce custom guitar body silhouettes. Using unique jigs and templates, hand selected lumber is machined into instruments that resonate with authentic sounds that is sought after by performers.

BILT Guitars is owned and operated by Bill Henss and Tim Thelen.

"We're a small company," the duo tells customers visiting their site. "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. We actually like it that way because we can find out exactly what you need and deliver it."

While CNC machinery has claimed a spot within giants like Gibson and Taylor guitars, providing speed, precision and manufacturing consistency, BILT uses the CR Onsrud Inverted Router as a craftsman tool to achieve similar precision, with added safety of a router blade well under control. Because of the safety features of the machine's design, using an Inverted Router allows the operator to keep hands safe.   

Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.