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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Brad Jones and I play his tune "Gracie's Song" on a couple of spare Wilborns I had lying around... ... See MoreSee Less

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Geep NaohWonderful sound!

22 hours ago   ·  1
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Cuba WillyLike a lot.

22 hours ago   ·  1
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Raymond S KohnAwesome guys , hey Ben thought you don't play up that high , no mans world ? That little guitar rocks so does Mr big ;)

22 hours ago   ·  1
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Mike BalstadGreat tune! Love the harmony work in the middle

21 hours ago   ·  1
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Norm ShepherdThose guitars look and sound great. Great performance gentlemen, there was peace in the world for a few minutes. :)

20 hours ago   ·  1
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David ParkerLovely tune.😉👏

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Clayton StanfieldGlad you guys dressed up :)

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Jessica Tilton ClarkWow. Beautiful!

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Saulo Borges Medeirosgrateful for post - beautiful melody!

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David DriggersVery nice

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Kelly Fredricksen DumontI love this song!

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James MurphyGreat tune, performance & guitars.

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Little guy is off to the The Big Apple.
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Little guy is off to the The Big Apple.

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Geep NaohAbsolutely beautiful

3 days ago   ·  1
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Michael TiltonWow! That wood is nice all around.

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Raymond S KohnVery nice .... Audio please next time ! Lol

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John ButlerWish I still played ... still have my guitars from the 70s .. just don't play em. **sigh**

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Tanya WilliamsBeautiful

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At the CBA bluegrass festival in Grass Valley, hawking my wares. And yes, I have the smallest sign in the room... ... See MoreSee Less

At the CBA bluegrass festival in Grass Valley, hawking my wares. And yes, I have the smallest sign in the room...

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Mike BalstadHow long are you up there today?

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Tyler StaffordSmall sign, big sound!

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Geep NaohNice collection

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Paul CasinoNice gits

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Terry Farrellbut probably the best guitars

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Michael TiltonNeon, blinking, fast with a naked girl drinking a beer! That will sell some of those fine instruments!

5 days ago   ·  1
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Jerry BolgerSign size don't matter

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Sharon Robertson BouckDrat missed you again !

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At the CBA Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley hawking my wares. Yes, I have the smallest sign in the room. ... See MoreSee Less

At the CBA Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley hawking my wares. Yes, I have the smallest sign in the room.

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Betsy ClarkHope you did well at the show!

4 days ago   ·  1
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Geep NaohIt's not the size of the sign, it's the quality of the guitars and the dollars in the pocket from sales.

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Jay MacDonaldAny mandolin requests? 😉

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Cuba WillyNot the sign that matters.

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Land of Many Miters.

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Geep NaohBeautiful and very tough work. Looks great

1 week ago   ·  1
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Jason ThomasGood god!

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Andrew WhiteYet another reason why I'm not a fan of the florentine

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Raymond S KohnBeautiful :)

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One of my favorite stages of building is the wood selection. I have amassed a ridiculous amount of wood for a one man shop. Below is only some of it, with other piles squirreled away in various locations around my shop and in outside sheds. Truly ridiculous. But, when I have a new guitar to build, I can paw around in my stacks and fantasize about cool combinations of wood. Sides, backs, tops, fingerboards, bridges. Raw materials I can transform into a delicate, treasured instrument. I still get all amped up about it, even after well over 100 guitars...I hope my enthusiasm never wanes. It's a great joy in life to be endlessly excited about what you do for a living!
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One of my favorite stages of building is the wood selection. I have amassed a ridiculous amount of wood for a one man shop. Below is only some of it, with other piles squirreled away in various locations around my shop and in outside sheds. Truly ridiculous. But, when I have a new guitar to build, I can paw around in my stacks and fantasize about cool combinations of wood. Sides, backs, tops, fingerboards, bridges. Raw materials I can transform into a delicate, treasured instrument. I still get all amped up about it, even after well over 100 guitars...I hope my enthusiasm never wanes. Its  a great joy in life to be endlessly excited about what you do for a living!

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Raymond S KohnThat's the best job ever one you love ! , I'll take any left over wood if it's free lol :)

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Thanks Jon! And goodbye Koa Lion. Now I have to build another one for the Santa Barbara show. Better get on it. ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks Jon! And goodbye Koa Lion. Now I have to build another one for the Santa Barbara show. Better get on it.

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Jay MacDonaldNice guitar :)

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Geep NaohHappy guy, good looking guitar.

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The innards of a Wilborn EllieBelle: clean as a bean. ... See MoreSee Less

The innards of a Wilborn EllieBelle: clean as a bean.

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Zohn GenadeAh you build them well Ben - that's why they sound so good huh? :-)

3 weeks ago   ·  1
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Raymond S KohnClean hmmm that gives me an idea the side sound hole can double as a built in vacuum port ;) pretty good idea huh ? Lol Looks great Ben :)

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David McleanWow !!

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Scott JohnsonSomeday I'll own one😊

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