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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David ParkerWow. Sweet playing and sweet sounding.👊👏

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John BurrThat's a sweet bee Ben, excellent work!

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Geep NaohAnother nice one Ben.

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Cuba WillyGotta find a way to hear these treasures on speakers other than the poor excuse on my computer.

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Betsy Clarkreal nice, Ben...

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J.R. RogersReally enjoy your playing, Ben. The guitar sounds great!

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Dena RutherfurdYay!

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I love starting a new build. Going through the wood stacks, picking out this and that, deciding on all the details. It's like being a tiny, not very powerful god. But nonetheless the creative juices get flowing, and I am always reminded of how damn lucky I am to be able to do this for a living.
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Pemberton Tool LibraryHave a chap up here building his first instrument, a mandolin, so he has decided to build three at once. Some exotic woods have been donated and these (brazillian cherry, very beautiful hard wood) combined with some reclaimed and refinished bits of oak (from pallets) for the neck. Love it and youare right, great career choice.

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Mark Burns"Time to make sawdust..."

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Austin ClarkHear, hear!

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Vacuum gluing the bridge onto the Bee.
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There is really only one pencil to seriously consider, and that is the Mirado Black Warrior. The heft, the diameter, the drag of the graphite. All perfect! Ticonderoga? Pooh! ... See MoreSee Less

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Jason ThomasThat's a nice writin' stick.

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Craig Burroughs Alyn BuzzartMy favourite are the Blackwing pencils none can compare. palominobrands.com/blackwing/

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John AmesPerhaps you could build the first guitar with a drool catcher!

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Craig AlbrightReally impressive sound from a small guitar. Nice work (and nice playing!). Thanks for sharing.

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Ken PhillipsDamn Ben. I'm not a musician and I don't know shot about guitars but I love your videos and your work. You're stuff is amazing. If I ever hear of anyone needing a hand crafted beauty like what you churn out, I'll send them your way. Very impressive brother.

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Keith JewettThat's a beautiful guitar, and it really sounds amazing! Great work, and thank you for sharing this with us!

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Karen WilliamsIs this modeled after a parlor? What is the wood? What is the size of Lynn's?

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Jake MaclayAwesome guitar Ben! I hope to see one of those in person....Woodstock maybe?

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Jon J JosephsenYour passion for designing, building, playing, and talking about your work reflects the remarkable beauty of the finished instrument. Fantastic work. Keep going.

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James StrangeAnother beauty, Ben! Sounds and looks great. As always, I love your tasty playing. Most excellent all around. (y)

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Cris ScottI WANT ONE. So SWEET!

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Colin RossBeautiful Ben! Great work and such an articulate and informative video.

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Todd C. SouthThe sustain is amazing. #envy

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Cherie ShipleyLove it Ben!!!! Great work and creativity!

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David McleanIs there a place where I can find the specs and price of this guitar sir ???

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Lots of miters today.
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Arm bevel process. An ebony veneer goes over the chamfer.
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The Luxury Lion has been released from his mold, and is seen here attached to my vacuum clamp for various cleanup processes. Next is binding and veneering the arm bevel. ( not for the faint of heart)
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Thomas Yeomanits pretty

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John HartnettSweet

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