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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Here I am in a culvert playing my guitar. Why am I in a culvert playing my guitar? Natural reverb, my friends! This is a sort of test for possible future videos. What do you think? ... See MoreSee Less

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Betsy ClarkWhere are you, Ben Wilborn ?

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Rochelle La Roche Huntercrystal peak park, sounds great!

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Sheila Crawford BunchSounds lovely -as good as any studio.

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Tim DamonFigure 8 mic?

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James MurphyPerfect.

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Thomas MulroyI think being there playing in that culvert was "sound sensational"! Perfect place to test out that beautiful guitar with your tasteful guitar playing!!!! So awesome!!!!

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Paige Lampert GaleotoLove it - lucky culvert

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David ParkerJust tremendous all they way around. Thank you.👏

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Cuba WillyDamn, now I have to get me a culvert...

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Thomas YeomanWas that from ties to Rachel? That's was amazing. God I wish I could play like you.

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Here is the back; quarter sawn Cocobolo with a bit of sapwood in the middle. Such beautiful, dense wood. It's rare to find perfectly quartered Cocobolo these days. This stuff was cut a long time ago. ... See MoreSee Less

Here is the back; quarter sawn Cocobolo with a bit of sapwood in the middle. Such beautiful, dense wood. Its rare to find perfectly quartered Cocobolo these days. This stuff was cut a long time ago.

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Pete BrownAnother wood species I'm unable to (legally) bring into Australia. I'm deeply envious!

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Geep NaohReal beaty

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Betsy ClarkSuch a pretty set

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TreeCreeper GuitarsOoh now that is nice👍🏻

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Thomas MulroyBeautiful!!!

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A complicated Cocobolo rim assembly. The white crescent is the under support for an arm bevel.
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A complicated Cocobolo rim assembly. The white crescent is the under support for an arm bevel.

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The Clamp Zoo: gluing in the heel block and the tail block in this Cocobolo EllieBelle. The cutaway makes the heel block fitting more complicated, and require two more clamps.
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The Clamp Zoo: gluing in the heel block and the tail block in this Cocobolo EllieBelle. The cutaway makes the heel block fitting more complicated, and require two more clamps.

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Geep NaohWelcome to the machine......

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The heel block, inside the guitar, provides structure where the neck joins. It has to be curved to perfectly fit the curvature where the twos sides of the guitar meet, and are glued to the block. Each model of guitar has a unique curve, so I built this jig to reliably impart those curves. The jig holds the heel block securely, while a replaceable guide rides against a fence on the disc sander, and transfers the curve to the block. Repeatability and accuracy: these are a few of my favorite things.

A similar setup for the tail block is shown in the last two pictures.
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The heel block, inside the guitar, provides structure where the neck joins. It has to be curved to perfectly fit the curvature where the twos sides of the guitar meet, and are glued to the block. Each model of guitar has a unique curve, so I built this jig to reliably impart those curves. The jig holds the heel block securely, while a replaceable guide rides against a fence on the disc sander, and transfers the curve to the block. Repeatability and accuracy: these are a few of my favorite things.

A similar setup for the tail block is shown in the last two pictures.

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Michael TiltonI love it! Jigmeister

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Billy TarrantAwesome jig!

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The Luthiers Bane. Since my goal is perfectly flat, mirror like polished lacquer, the sad fact is that, despite all the high tech sandpapers and polishing compounds being made these days, nothing flattens out the final coat like old fashioned wet sanding with a cork block. It's very time consuming, and my rotator cuff has some lean words to say about it, but it is worth it. A truly flat base before polishing makes for a stunning final product. So, here I go.....

Does that wood look familiar, Jim Strange?
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The Luthiers Bane. Since my goal is perfectly flat, mirror like polished lacquer, the sad fact is that, despite all the high tech sandpapers and polishing compounds being made these days, nothing flattens out the final coat like old fashioned wet sanding with a cork block. Its very time consuming, and my rotator cuff has some lean words to say about it, but it is worth it. A truly flat base before polishing makes for a stunning final product. So, here I go.....

Does that wood look familiar, Jim Strange?

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Geep NaohIt's a lot of toil, but I can assure the owners of your fine guitars appreciate your efforts! Great job

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Nolan WellsIs it just for looks, or does it effect sound?

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Mike WaszazakThat top looks awesome!

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Fresh out of the bender. A Cocobolo EllieBelle side with its bindings temporarily attached. Note the pretty yellow sapwood! ... See MoreSee Less

Fresh out of the bender. A Cocobolo EllieBelle side with its bindings temporarily attached. Note the pretty yellow sapwood!

A Patros made of torrified sitka and Macassar ebony- ... See MoreSee Less

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Craig AlbrightSounds fantastic and looks gorgeous as usual.

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Clayton StanfieldI watch all these videos just to see you play the guitar. One day i will own one but I won't be able to play it like that :). Big open G D C notes are my specialty

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Jake MaclayI really like your videos Ben. Have fun at Santa Barbara....we'll miss you at Woodstock

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Raymond S KohnWow that's beautiful and sounds fantastic . Hopefully soon there will be another great vid ;)

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Betsy ClarkVery nice, Ben Wilborn! Love that big, roasted sound!

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Jason KnoxGreat sound !!

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Tharell BoulwareWow. Love the sound.

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Thomas MulroyBeautiful instrument!!!! Where can I play one of these instruments???

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Mike YoungbergVery nice!

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