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.

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.

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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EllieBelle 1 with all her elements in place.
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Salvador Medina, Tyler Stafford and 8 others like this

Betsy ClarkBravo! Well done!2 days ago
Michael TiltonB the new shapes are nice. Can't wait to hear it. And maybe play it? 😀2 days ago
Geep Naohlook pretty good, Ben. Congrats with the new baby2 days ago

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An Orchestra shell in Cocobolo, briefly out of the building form.
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Marco LittigJust a question...cabin this year?3 days ago
Michael TiltonThat is going to look nice.2 days ago

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Tyler Stafford plays his new geetar in the shop for us...
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Geep NaohTyler, Thanks for sharing you new guitar. Another Wilborn successful build. Thanks for the demo; good song and sounds great.6 days ago
Kay R WarrenNoice.6 days ago
Tom MelanconAwesome song, amazing guitar!6 days ago
Jacob RossTyler Stanford you're the man. Miss you bro!!! Keep up the amazing job.2 days ago   ·  1

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First photo is a bunch of Cuban mahogany I bought this morning. This was originally purchased from a pier in Havana in 1937. The second photo is a set I cut out of it this afternoon. Wow- the real deal! Cuban! Who wants a guitar????
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Patricia WaldenBeautiful! A cigar guitar!1 week ago   ·  1
Gabriel TenorioOhhhhh man!!!!!1 week ago
Geep NaohGorgeous and probably has great tonal quality to boot! Nice catch, Ben1 week ago

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Wilborn Guitars added 10 new photos.

Here's Hoggy! Adirondack spruce top, mahogany sides, elevated fingerboard. And a caramel-y sunburst.
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Geep NaohWow. Absolutely beautiful. Great job1 week ago   ·  1
Michael TiltonBeautiful guitar B. Elevated finger board, porque?1 week ago

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A new shipment of hand wound strings from Guadalupe Custom Strings. These strings are excellent- the longevity is at least twice what I get from major commercial strings. And they are (lovingly) made, one at a time by human craftsmen. Even the boxes are cool!
These are my new OEM strings for all my Wilborn guitars.
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Mike BalstadI can't wait to try one of your guitars!2 weeks ago   ·  1

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Here's a classical I'm building. Look at the redwood top- it's amazing, and flawless. Thank you, thank you perfect tree!
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Geep NaohLooks very nice. Great wood.2 weeks ago

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Proto-Elliebelle
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Michael TiltonBigger belly?2 weeks ago
Wilborn GuitarsSmaller waist.2 weeks ago
Geep NaohWOW, Flying with the new baby, nice2 weeks ago

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