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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Binding the headstock with a simple leopard wood perimeter. (7 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Betsy Clark, Mitch Burda and 7 others like this

Geep NaohGlad you do what you do. I would have all over the place and mostly stuck to my self! Great job.2 days ago

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When I put my first coat of epoxy filler on, all the beauty of the grain is suddenly visible. It's a really cool moment- you can see how your aesthetic planning has turned out. This fella here has leopard wood binding, and curly maple in the purfling. It's thick enough to see the grain flashing in the light. This is such an elegant combination!
Stoked, stoked, stoked! (5 photos)
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Salvador Medina, Andy Boren and 17 others like this

Geep NaohVery beautiful3 days ago

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Ah! Binding day. Here are all the bindings and purflings I've made for Tyler's L, all pre-bent and ready to go. I'll cut the channels around the perimeter, and fit them in. This is precise, quiet work, and I love the focus it requires. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hourglass inlay of Mother of Pearl, reconstituted turquoise and leopard wood. (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Shea J Smith, Betsy Clark and 10 others like this

Geep Naohvery innovative you sure have some talent. Very cool6 days ago   ·  1
Tyler StaffordAmazing, just what I pictured in my head6 days ago
Alberto GazzolaSuperfancy...6 days ago
Betsy Clarknice touch5 days ago

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Before and after in the bending machine. ... See MoreSee Less

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Loading up my Buck Rogers/ ham radio lookin' side bender with templates for my L-Style body.
This style of bender was invented by the ever ingenious Charles Fox, and copied, with some alterations, by yours truly. It is an amazing rig, and even has a built in fan to cool the wood- because I am at heart an impatient luthier. (3 photos)
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Ladies and Gentlemen! I shall now produce from this pile of seemingly random sticks, a beautiful set of bindings and purflings for the T. Stafford L. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ashraf Gabriel Ogram, FMargo Hornback and 17 others like this

Geep NaohPieces-parts1 week ago

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