BilT Guitars have just shared an image on its Instagram account that’s got us a bit hot under the collar: a Revelator guitar with a built-in Chase Bliss Blooper pedal! This wild-looking instrument melds a boutique stompbox into an offset style guitar that will certainly be a whole lot of fun to play.
BilT Guitars Revelator with built-in Chase Bliss Blooper
Powered by a stereo cable running through a custom-made power supply, the Chase Bliss Blooperbuilt into this BilT Revelator should be very tweakable. Rather than placed at your feet, the controls are accessible directly under your fingertips. One cable feeds your audio signals, the other provides the power for the built-in Blooper.
Placing onboard effect pedal circuits into guitars is always a gamble, as you’re basically stuck with one or two very specific effects, even if you go off them later. However, it does make for an instrument that does something different to your standard guitar. If you look at, say, the old ’60s Vox Starstream, Ultrasonic and Delta models – each with onboard fuzz/distortion, treble/bass boosters and repeater effects built in – it can be highly creative. After all, many artists have used them over the years. By the way, Vox showed off some prototype ideas for the new Vox Giulietta VGA-5TD during NAMM last month, which includes effects, too.
Companies like Mansons have added effects like ZVex Fuzz Faces into guitars, normally for Matt Bellamyof Muse (who now owns part of Mansons Guitar Works). Another memorably example was Jack’s Instrument Services’ FuzzBeast, which added a fuzz circuit to a Les Paul.
I know BilT Guitars also offer a Revelator with an onboard fuzz and an MXR Carbon Copy Delay as well. If you fancy something different, BilT does have sopme enticing options. Whatever you choose, I’m pretty impressed by the whole concept and would love to hear some musicians create some great music using these guitars.
The more I look at this, the more I want to try it out. I think BilT has got this spot on because it’s the Revelator is a great-looking guitar and so to have a quality effect to hand as well is just the icing on the cake.