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 is the classical I'm building. I'm in the beginning stages of the French Polish.
French Polish is a method of applying shellac by hand, and is pretty time consuming. But the players of the classical world are very bound by tradition, and tradition has it that classical instruments are French Polished. It ends up being a very beautiful, and very thin ( therefor light weight) finish. It's also pleasant to apply- low toxicity, no spray rig, and I can listen to music while I polish, and polish, and polish. ... See MoreSee Less
My new parlor build gets a fancy rosette, featuring Paua abalone and Leopard Wood. (6 photos) ... See MoreSee Less
A forest of little spruce sticks.
Each compartment in this box contains brace stock that I have precut for various places on various guitars. Mostly they get their final shape after they are glued on to the top or back plate of the guitar. (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less