The Verrilli BIA or Built-In Amp Guitar has evolved over several years from the original idea (hey, wouldn't it be great if...) to its present state as a highly usable realization of true portability...
The Verrilli BIA or Built-In Amp Guitar has evolved over several years from the original idea (hey, wouldn't it be great if...) to its present state as a highly usable realization of true portability. Frank Verrilli has worked with several amp techs, experimenting and modding most of the battery operated amps on the market and has gotten to the point where he builds them a few different ways depending on what the customer's preference is.
This particular guitar is designed to get very controllable sustain and feedback. Frank chose Kinman noiseless pickups to get a decent single coil type sound with enough brightness to cut through when the distortion is high and a strong enough output to give it great sustain.
During Frank's explorations he has found that going through the built in amp, the tone is very sensitive to the how the speaker is mounted, as well as to the caps, resistors, pots, and of course the types of pickups used.
While Frank is not usually a fan of of routing the back of a guitar body, he has gotten the amp to be pretty small and has to do very little routing, so the guitar sounds great going directly into an (external) amp as well.
It's a fun learning curve experimenting with the guitar's main volume, tone, and the 2 gain knobs to find the different sweet spots. The internal amp is pretty loud--around 2 watts.
The battery (9 volt) life varies depending on how long you play it at high volume and yes, rechageable batteries work fine.
WARNING: this guitar is very addicting! (builder takes no responsibilty for excessive playing)
- Body: lightweight alder
- Finish: olympic white nitro
- Pickups: Kinman noiseless
- Neck: maple back/rosewood board, medium c contour, 12" radius, jumbo frets
- Aging: medium