Eric @ an outdoor gig w/ a Revelator white guard "1958"
Revelator Guitars was founded by Eric S. in 2002 after owning, playing, fixing & finishing vintage guitars his entire life. After working a multitude of jobs from building furniture, to Antique refinishing, & Carpentry Eric decided to pursue his passion of building guitars full time. At first he began by hand routing 50's era correct bodies from a template of his White Blonde 1958-59 Fender Telecaster in a barn in South Jersey. (below)
The bodies, which were some of the first that actually featured an accurate router hump and pin router dowels, caught the eye of Jonathan Wilson of Greenwich Village Custom Guitars (GVCG) who purchased a bunch for his builds.
It wasn't long after a visit to deliver a load of bodies and hanging out with Jonathan that Eric was inspired by Jon's amazing work to do accurate necks and finally complete builds.
Since that time many builders have joined the fray with varying degrees of success and realism but through it all Revelator Guitars has slowly, steadily put out authentic vintage looking, feeling, and sounding "relic" style guitars.,
Most of the years since it's inception Eric has worked alone with intermittent assistance. Recently the company has TRIPLED in size, (from 1 to 3 employees,.. ha! ) with Eric's good friend Josh coming on board in 2016 to help facilitate Revelator's future success. With an eye on more effective customer communication, better organization & artist endorsements & some really cool new creations we are starting afresh.
We will feature new models and procedures, and an ever continued focus on creating some of the best instruments in the industry, We are moving into the future invigorated and prepared for growth.
We rely on our commitment to treat every customer as the most important person to us. Our passion certainly lies in making beautiful instruments, but a close second is our devotion to the musicians we serve.
We want to make sure that you get exactly what you want, & that you LOVE your Revelator. We stand behind our product 100%. If you have a problem with your guitar we fix it,.. period.
We love what we do & we get to work along side our families (Eric's Son also works for the company),
Our company name has it's origin in Blind Willie Johnson's version of Son House's song "John the Revelator".
In an effort to give back Revelator gives 10% of our business income to differing charities. The current charity is listed in the footer of each page & changes just about every month .
We are occasionally asked if we are a Christian company. We are a company, and we are believers. We allow our beliefs to influence our business practices and hopefully to impact how we carry ourselves in life. But we do not proselytize nor will we try to use our faith to attempt to grow our own business.
We are located in the beautiful, lush suburbs of The Garden State of New Jersey just about 20 miles east of Philadelphia. Please let us know how we can serve you.