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.

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.

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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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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Getting ready for the final sanding, and last coats of lacquer. This is going to have a matte finish, but all the build coats are gloss to preserve the ultimate clarity of the finish.
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Magnitude P JuarezThat's awesome!

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Wilborn Guitars added 4 new photos.

Masked, toned, unmasked. I am looking to the cowboy guitars of the 30's and 40's here for inspiration. I love this look!
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Geep NaohWow that's a lot of work to do a lot of intense masking it looks very good

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Liza TonettiBeauty

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A used guitar for sale. Damn, this thing sounds good!

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Michael TiltonThat is a fine sounding instrument!

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Scott CallahanOf course, you make any guitar sound pretty darned sweet, Ben.

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And one more, fingerpicked.
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Geep NaohBeautiful sound with very good looks. Nice one

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Here are all the parts of Old Paint dry-fitted together. I really like the heel of the neck. This is what I've been groping towards for my EllieBelle model. Sleek, but with a hint of geometry...
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Jake HoustonAbsolutely gorgeous.

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Larry LewisBen, Love your skills and ability to create magnificent guitars like this one. Keep up the good work.

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Michael TiltonGiddy up!

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