I love my Wilborn Guitar! Ben is a truly artful maker, with a brilliant eye, a gifted hand, and an exquisite ear. You could not ask for more in a handmade guitar.

— GILLIAN WELCH, Nashville, Tennessee

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Welcome to Wilborn Guitars. If you are looking for a truly unique custom made acoustic guitar, crafted with absolute commitment to quality and a passion for tone, then you have come to the right place. Please browse the gallery for a sampling of recent instruments Iโ€™ve built.

I have spent my whole life listening closely to guitars, mandolins and violins, always searching for that special quality that makes an instrument demand to be played. I have studied a zillion instruments, held them in my hands, listening to the way they respond to my fingertips, their weight and balance, the way they reflect sounds in a room.

It is my passion as a builder to create instruments that can respond intimately to a playerโ€™s intention, and become as much an extension of the body as a beautiful tool for the creation of music.

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I bought a few dozen sets of Engelmann spruce a few years ago from an amazing tree that had suffered no trauma in its life. This wood is absolutely pure, ivory colored, and rustles like the driest leaf in the forest. Every time I build with it, I think I shouldn't ever use anything else.
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I bought a few dozen sets of Engelmann spruce a few years ago from an amazing tree that had suffered no trauma in its life. This wood is absolutely pure, ivory colored, and rustles like the driest leaf in the forest. Every time I build with it, I think I shouldnt ever use anything else.

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Geep NaohDistinct rosette. Looks good

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Jason ThomasI like that you put carpet in the sound hole. I'll bet it sounds great. Haha

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Raymond S KohnIf you need a powerful strummer I not so sure this the choice wood but for finger picker/medium strummer awesome . Can't wait to hear it in action !

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Cutting the veneer layers that will make up the bindings and purflings. This is bloodwood, maple and black fiber.
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Cutting the veneer layers that will make up the bindings and purflings. This is bloodwood, maple and black fiber.

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Next! We have an EllieBelle made of quarter sawn Honduran mahogany and Engelmann spruce. Mahogany is pretty plain looking wood for the most part, but it is one of the best woods for guitars. It's light and stiff, and imparts a quick, full and up-front sound, with a fast decay. Engelmann spruce is the North American answer to European and carpathian spruce. It's lighter than Sitka and a little less brittle sounding. It's beautiful, too, with a clean ivory color, and discrete winter wood ( grain lines). This stuff here is "Master grade"- the best. These are the makings of a great guitar. I'll get to work ....
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Next! We have an EllieBelle made of  quarter sawn Honduran mahogany and Engelmann spruce. Mahogany is pretty plain looking wood for the most part, but it is one of the best woods for guitars. Its light and stiff, and imparts a quick, full and up-front sound, with a fast decay. Engelmann spruce is the North American answer to European and carpathian spruce. Its lighter than Sitka and a little less brittle sounding. Its beautiful, too, with a clean ivory color, and discrete winter wood ( grain lines). This stuff here is Master grade- the best. These are the makings of a great guitar. Ill get to work ....

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Geep NaohA combination of woods, matched in heaven. Great sound quality.

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Ken ClarkHey Ben! I just saw the mandolin you made for Jay McDonald, unbelievable craftsmanship, Just a beautiful instrument, with amazing sound and projection, WELL DONE!

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Zohn GenadeMy favourite tonewood is mahogany

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Ohhhhh my goodness! What is that wood? That wood, my friends, is African Blackwood. It's a type of rosewood: very rare, very expensive and dense and ringing like Brazilian rosewood. It the premier wood for bassoons and clarinets, and, when a big enough tree is cut, for guitar sets. Whaddya think, Ray? It finishes out to an incredible, rich brown black.
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Ohhhhh my goodness! What is that wood? That wood, my friends, is African Blackwood. Its a type of rosewood: very rare, very expensive and dense and ringing like Brazilian rosewood. It the premier wood for bassoons and clarinets, and, when a big enough tree is cut, for guitar sets. Whaddya think, Ray? It finishes out to an incredible, rich brown black.

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Chamaea EdwardsVery nice! : )

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Benjamin PaldacciI'm in love with African Blackwood! Pretty nice set!

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Raymond S KohnHaha yes it is very very nice and once you voice it to the LS it shall be one very fine guitar ;) feel free to send me all pics you want lol though I may need some alone time hahaha ....

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Tanya WilliamsSo beautiful

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Adelle Midge RenoThat is what my clarinet is made of! ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“

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This Bantam has a rosewood fingerboard and bridge cut from the same board. Both have beautiful sapwood sections and "ink line" figure. ... See MoreSee Less

This Bantam has a rosewood fingerboard and bridge cut from the same board. Both have beautiful sapwood sections and ink line figure.

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Geep NaohVery interesting fingerboard. Novel

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Kristi Harp YeomanAhh, I really like that.

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Joel WeirThat's beautiful

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Raymond S KohnDo you get any Ebony like that ? Hint hint ;) that's is very cool and love how the grain seems to flow.

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David McleanNow that is beautiful

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Alan GraingerSorry folks. Don't like it. Looks as though the fretboard was cut from a piece of scrap.

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Alan GraingerI've got to add that I showed this to my wife and asked her what she thought and I quote "Ooh I like it".

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Raymond S KohnI watched a Taylor vid on how they bought one of the companies that cut and supplied Ebony and I found it quit disturbing that to get one all black tree people cut down something like 20+ trees just to get one and then would leave the rest to rot . The destruction of the Ebony trees was scary . Taylor decided to use it all which is great hats off to them . :)

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Brian HolmYou are getting pretty good that this guitar building thing Ben

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When you are building an Ukulele, you end up saying  Awwwwww! a lot. This guy is ready for lacquer.

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Geep NaohIt's sooooo cute, The little boogger.

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This is just funny to me: I end up working on my largest and smallest instruments on the same day. A Patros, and a tenor uke. ... See MoreSee Less

This is just funny to me: I end up working on my largest and smallest instruments on the same day. A Patros, and a tenor uke.

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Brian Holmhow many timse do i have to tell you you need to wash them in COLD water Ben now look what you did

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Geep NaohIt's a Ukie! Water daily. Fertilize once a month. It can grow up to be ........?

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Michael TiltonWe can't see the nano guitar!

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Cuba WillyThat is a beauty...

3 weeks ago   ·  1
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Benjamin PaldacciI am impatient to see your instruments at Santa Barbara Ben!

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J.R. RogersCouldn't agree more. The Lion is a great design - comfortable, powerful, and beautiful tones. I've written a lot of new music with my "Lion"

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Geep NaohLooks, sounds great. Bet it would be a killer with 12 frets! Thanks

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Dale CollinsAnother perfect guitar Ben!!!

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Saulo Borges MedeirosI want one!

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Raymond S KohnAnother nice one but wait Patros or what did you call it ? No matter 17" !? That's huge ! But the depth of bass and its tone will be off the charts . Can't wait to see and hear that bad boy !

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Karen WilliamsMe toooooo. I love the smaller size. Need 1 11/16 inch smaller nut.

3 weeks ago   ·  1
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Adelle Midge RenoJuice Reno This guitar sounds so briskly lovely and energetically clear. Lovely, Ben!

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James MurphyAlways enjoyable to see your upbeat and informative guitar demos. Beautiful instrument, elegantly played and presented.

3 weeks ago   ·  1
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Sharon Robertson BouckLove ...

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John AmesYour next like this could be the lioness...the bride of "Chunky".

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