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

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.

LATEST SHOP UPDATES

I just got in this beautiful set of Macassar Ebony. Quarter sawn, and of amazing quality.
Who wants a sweet Macassar guitar?
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Geep NaohIt's hard to beat this beauty. Nice one Ben23 hours ago

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I made a new rosette cutting compass attachment today. It's made out of acrylic. I do not heart working with acrylic. But it's cool and clean and done. I've been wanting a new redesigned one for a long time, so now I am happy. Now it's time for dinner! (5 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Michael TiltonCutting that stuff can be messy. Looks really nice and clean.4 days ago

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Brian's classical hybrid, out of the building form and ready for binding. (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Tom HambyBusy2 weeks ago

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Next up: an L- style with 12 frets to the body, made of Brazilian Rosewood and a sinker Redwood top. "Sinker"
refers to the source of the redwood logs. Years ago, when there were trees, we busied ourselves by cutting them down, and floating them down rivers to mills, where they could be cut into lumber. Some of the trees objected to this, and sank on the way. They have been down there ever since, and now that trees are so precious, people have begun dredging them up. Often, they are in beautiful shape, and have picked up a lot of mineral staining. This set here is everything from chocolate brown to almost purple to orange red. It's amazing wood, and I will do my best to honor it's history. (3 photos)
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Geep NaohLooks like a good color match between the top and sides / back2 weeks ago
Michael TiltonWowow. That's gonna be nice. I was working a new nut out of TUSQ. Not sure if I really like it. Hmmm2 weeks ago
FMargo HornbackBeautiful in the raw and it will be beautiful when complete.2 weeks ago

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I know, I know- enough about my new carving stand.... But look! So cool! 360 degree access is so useful. I should have done it years ago. Here I'm putting on the side reinforcement brace dealiebobbers, and it's up at a great height for that process. I'm having fun gluing sticks together! With my NEW carving stand!!!!

Ok, I'm done. (2 photos)
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Michael TiltonExcitement should not be contained !2 weeks ago

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