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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I changed mind on this Macassar Ebony guitar. It's going to be a very dark, rich guitar, and the Adirondack top was seeming too bright. I'll use it on something else. But now I'm making a new top with this dark Red Cedar. It will sound great with the long sustain of the Macassar. Thank you Miss Muse. (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less
Macassar Ebony. I'm starting a new build today with beautiful Macassar.
It's a very dense wood that rings a single bright chime-like note. Alternating stripes of black and caramel brown. It's very lovely and fairly rare. For a top, a nice set of Adirondack Spruce. This is the top wood that is very in demand these days. It was used on all the early Martins, and then it became very scarce, so it has a certain cache. It sounds good to tap, and this is a nice clean set with no obvious flaws. Adirondack tends to be much wider in grain than the other spruces and have color variation in it, with distinct winter-wood lines. Here goes..... ... See MoreSee Less
The Koaconstrictor. I'm just about to polish the frets, and then string it up. The whole post- finish assembly and set up is nerve wracking, because the instrument is polished and perfect. I try to move methodically and slowly so that I don't do anything clumsy and scrag the delicate newborn. But I have before, and probably will again.
After I'm done, I will have to go run around the block several times to release all the tension. (4 photos) ... See MoreSee Less
There are two ways to shape wood- by cutting, or by abrasion. I am an abrasion guy. If it is at all possible, I will use a rasp or sandpaper. It is much less likely to cause catastrophic
tear out, or kickback, or slice off some treasured bit of your body. There are many places where cutting tools must be used, and are a pleasure to use, but I love me some sandpaper. Here is a selection of custom made sanding blocks I use to final shape and smooth the neck. (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less