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 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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Look! This is cool: all you have to do to build guitars is make a few simple parts, cut up some little sticks, and leave them out in your shop.
Then you sigh heavily and look heartbroken and say something like " I'll never be able to afford school for the childre", and leave the shop and go to bed. That night, elves will do the rest. It's awesome!
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Dennis LongYou have better elves than I do. If I tried it they would start a fire with the sticks.12 hours ago
Alessandro Lo PrioreI love your work !...absolutely beautiful...how do we order ?12 hours ago   ·  1
Geep NaohIsn't it just add water and shake?12 hours ago
Terry FarrellI've experienced the night work of the dog! Let's hope the elves controll themselves11 hours ago

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Michael TiltonCrisp sounding. And the mic does sound better. Minor set ups here in Nevada is a must just with the seasons and changes in room environment.1 day ago
Wilborn Guitarsalso, pointing it the right way helps...1 day ago
Dan AllenBen, while this guitar sound fantastic, it only tells me you should still be playing for the public!1 day ago
Dan AllenP.S. what is the price of that guitar?1 day ago
Jay SourwineHearing you speak and play never gets old brother! Amazing work!1 day ago   ·  1
Dan AllenJay, did you catch some fish?1 day ago
Louis ScuttiEvery guitar I hear of yours, somehow sounds BETTER than the last. Killer killer stuff man !1 day ago   ·  1
Vincent GatesStrong lows but not tubby at all. Harmonic was ringing after you released last note, I love when that happens.1 day ago

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This is my drum sander. Without my drum sander, I am nothing. Without me, my drum sander is nothing. On Friday my drum sander emitted a very loud bang, followed by a respectable amount of smoke from its brain area. It was very exciting. Now I am mournfully awaiting a ( surprisingly expensive) speed controller, and whiling away my hours like a Paleolithic Luthier, with a hand plane and sandpaper.
God bless technology!
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Jan VailHope you are back up to spee, soon!7 days ago
Michael TiltonYou mean you forgot to feed the squirrels. Hope you get it fixed soon.7 days ago
Geep NaohIf you want to play hard, you gotta pay hard.7 days ago

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Chicken wings, donut holes, lox spread. People have figured out brilliant ways to market their floor sweepings, but I have yet to come up with a clever use for all my beautiful scraps.... ... See MoreSee Less

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Wm S Reynoldsresawed into shapes suitable for inlay/parquet type of table tops for end tables??? I can hardly throw away any scraps but what to do with them , and of course where to put them, is always a challenge2 weeks ago
Michael TiltonNow I know where to get scraps for repairs!2 weeks ago
Kay Radzik WarrenI feel a mosaic is in order...1 week ago
Monique Dugan StanfieldKindling?1 week ago
Marti Culp BeinOh, I love these scraps. Hang onto them. I will find a project. They could be incorporated into constructivist compositions. Google image George Braque's collages or the Russian constructivists. They are beautiful.1 week ago
Wilborn GuitarsThey burn real good, too. Just kidding. I do save some of the bigger bits, and the top wood I cut into glue stirring sticks. The whole problem with saving scrap is that I have only so much room in my shop, so I have to be cruel and calculating....but my heart aches when I throw away little potentially useful scraps.1 week ago
Marti Culp BeinLet me know, I will take them to TMCC for my art students. I would love to have them incorporate them into art.1 week ago   ·  1
Wilborn GuitarsOK, I'll save a box and contact you when its reasonably full.1 week ago
Marti Culp BeinYay! Thanks so much! "Bouteille et instruments de musique" by Georges Braque.1 week ago
Geep NaohIt's an original Wilborn Rorschach test which says, "guitar building leftovers".1 week ago   ·  1

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Starting a new build- this time a rosewood and Lutz spruce dreadnought. We decided on Lutz spruce for the top because ( this was very scientifically arrived at) my customer is named Lutz. So I christen this guitar
The Lutz Lutz.
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Jon LutzIt's beautiful!! I'm so excited! I'm changing my name to J. Wilborn Lutz-Lutz.1 week ago   ·  1

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