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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It's hard to believe these two bodies support the same tuning. A Bantam in the shadow of a Patros. ... See MoreSee Less

Its hard to believe these two bodies support the same tuning. A Bantam in the  shadow of a Patros.

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Geep NaohThanks for showing the relationship between the 2 types / sizes. Better understanding.

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Raymond S KohnCool😊

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Christian Otto Feierskov AndreasenI really dig these shapes you're using 👍🏻

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Andrew WhiteLove that smaller body. I like the shoulder lines on both bodies!

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Charlie RogersSeems unanimous, everybody loves the profile. Stands out among the myriads of other makers. And I'm sure the quality matches the level of perfection you strive for.

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This Bantam has most of its parts all done. I love Adirondack spruce for its sound but usually not its look. This set, however, has a nice ivory shimmer to it. Also, Indian rosewood back and sides of the very best quality and figured Koa binding. I can't wait to strum this little bugger.
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This Bantam has most of its parts all done. I love Adirondack spruce for its sound but usually not its look. This set, however, has a nice ivory shimmer to it. Also, Indian rosewood back and sides of the very best quality and figured Koa binding. I cant wait to strum this little bugger.

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Paul CasinoNice touch on the rosette

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David McleanTiny upper bout .. How big is it ? Lower bout ? How deep is it ? Looks nice

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Raymond S KohnBeautiful

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Josh McnichollYou're a mad man in all the best ways

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Bryan MinerlyI love seeing your work

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The makings of my new build. This will be a tenor ukulele made of cedar and drool- inducing fiddleback claro walnut. Bound for Argentina. This is my first South American commission. Now all I need is Africa, and I'll have all the continents!
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The makings of my new build. This will be a tenor ukulele made of cedar and drool- inducing fiddleback claro walnut. Bound for Argentina. This is my first South American commission. Now all I need is Africa, and Ill have all the continents!

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Wilborn GuitarsCome on , Africa. Show your stuff.

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Geep NaohAgain, outrageous looking lumber. BEAUTIFUL! and will sound that way also...Faith

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Zohn GenadeI'm from Pretoria, South Africa, and I can't stop drooling over your instruments Ben Wilborn! maybe one day when our currency is worth something...

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Raymond S KohnDrool adds a texture of refinement second to none cleans up good to! ;)

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Tom HambyAntarctica?

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Ahhhhh.

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Geep NaohOoo, Ahhh, beautiful

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Jason ThomasAmazing!

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Michael TiltonVery nice! What kind of wood?

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Wilborn GuitarsKoa, wrapped in maple and ebony

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Keith GlideWant to see the rest of it!!!

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See this? It's a bepurfulated doohickey. That's the technical term. This is the smallest thing I ever want to laminate. I am almost insane from doing it. It has 13 separate pieces, if you can imagine. I have to wear my most powerful old man glasses to even see the damn thing. ... See MoreSee Less

See this? Its a bepurfulated doohickey. Thats the technical term. This is the smallest thing I ever want to laminate. I am almost insane from doing it. It has 13 separate pieces, if you can imagine. I have to wear my most powerful old man glasses to even see the damn thing.

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Andrew WhiteI love it

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FMargo HornbackBut now I see it I'm so glad you do go to the effort, Mr. Wilborn!

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Jeff BamburgI'll take a dozen. When will they ship?

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Tom HambyYou made that word up.

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Geep NaohA+++ grade beauty / quality

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Cuba WillyAnd all this time I thought that was a flangulated thingamabob.

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Jason ThomasAwesome!

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Michael TiltonNice job old man!

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Patricia MauchA study in tolerance, beautiful!

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Raymond S KohnI can get my head around that but what do you cut the pieces with ? I make some wood picks shape them with a belt sander 9 out of ten times they go Ping ! Flying across the room lol I can't imagine that little thing haha . But it does look good ;)

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My new vertical logo.

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Paul CasinoNice simple effective

2 weeks ago
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Saulo Borges MedeirosHello Wilborn, okay? Congratulations - the instrument! Already posted the sound of this acoustic guitar on your website? On average, it would cost this? You have sent out of the country? Let me know what it would cost to import tax?

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First fill coat on the Wilbacker. That bubinga really came to life. This has been a fun build.
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First fill coat on the Wilbacker. That bubinga really came to life. This has been a fun build.

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3 nice billets of reclaimed old growth redwood came in today. The darkened areas have a little naphtha splashed on there to show the grain. These are all well quartered, and will make some sweeeeeet guitars!
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3 nice billets of reclaimed old growth redwood came in today. The darkened areas have a little naphtha splashed on there to show the grain. These are all well quartered, and will make some sweeeeeet guitars!

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Geep NaohThese are beautiful/ Would they be back / sides or top material ?

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Jo Ann GrantMendocino redwood ❤️ The best.

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