Bracing. Bracing and soundboard character, I am convinced, are the main factors in how a guitar sounds. As I am selecting a top for a new build, I tap the wood to get an idea of its sound. Does it chime? Does it say “Bongggg”? Does it have one note, or several? These qualities will [...]
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.
I recently received a shipment of amazing Lutz Spruce tops from Spruce Tonewood. This stuff is sweet. Very stiff and light, just the ticket for a super-responsive instrument. It also has a lovely, subtle curl (grain figure) running throughout the tops. This stuff is going to really shine under finish. I also got a stack [...]