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

Welcome to Wilborn Guitars

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 I’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 player’s intention, and become as much an extension of the body as a beautiful tool for the creation of music.

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Wilborn Guitars added 2 new photos.

Routing out the cavity for a nomex double top. This is for a redwood and Cuban mahogany Gloria I'm making for the upcoming Woodstock show.
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Rich MillerAnother great guitar; seems like it's already a celebrity. I learned a lot in 8 minutes and seeing someone doing what they love never gets old. Good on ya, Ben!

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William BrinsmeadWow!

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Ashraf Gabriel Ogram:)

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Betsy Clarkanother swell instrument, Ben!

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Michael TiltonGreat sounding guitar B. I love the playing and technical explanations too!

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Geep NaohOne listening to you play can hear that you are an accomplished musician who happens to be a dam good guitar builder also. No need to prepare for you test sounding of you new builds you share with us. You play better than most viewers of you your clips you provide. You're a jazz man. Thank you

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Lonnie from Sharktooth Video Productions has been shooting some stuff in the shop for a mini-documentary.
Cool fellow, and a real professional! Plus, enviable gear....
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Betsy ClarkAnd, you'll post that video, right?

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Wilborn Guitars10-4!

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Dennis LongSweet, Cant wait to see it.

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Final assembly and set up for Old Paint. This is a really unique guitar- I love it!
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A new misuse of a pottery wheel...
My New Shimpo!
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Michael TiltonProfessor B, very nice it's not laziness it's just dam smart. My only question is, will the test be essay or multiple choice? 😎

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Liza TonettiAs always, your inventiveness is inspiring. While we are appreciating the landscape, your masterminding some new innovation. I on the other hand, am thinking "pretty, now what's for lunch?"

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Dennis LongAwesome! I want one now...

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Tanya WilliamsVery cool

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Tyler StaffordGenius!

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Todd RoldYou're a damn genius Gump!

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Wilborn Guitars added 3 new photos.

My friends Samantha and Sutter gave me an excellent but sad potter's wheel. I fixed 'er up, and I'm ready to use it to make a luthier's concave radius sander. What the hell am I talking about? I'll have to show you....
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Marti Culp BeinYay Samantha and Sutter! Yay you!

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Michael TiltonPlease show us! I'm cornfused 😯

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Mitchell WofchuckMake some bongs and sell them down at Eric's Melting Pot!!

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Samantha StremmelWow!!

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FMargo HornbackGreat paint job!

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Wilborn Guitars added 4 new photos.

I'm going to exhibit my guitars at the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase this October, so I thought I'd best cook up a couple pieces to show. I'll be making a Lion parlor out of the outrageous quilted maple below, and an EllieBelle out of the sweet quartersawn Honduran rosewood. I'll document these babies as I go along.
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Michael TiltonThat's beautiful wood!

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James MurphyLooking forward to seeing the finished maple guitar.

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