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.

Nashville, Tennessee


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.


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.
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Michael TiltonB, someday you'll have to teach me ze frrench poolish. Wee wee?1 day ago

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Ahhhhhhhh. Look at that rosewood! ... See MoreSee Less

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Geep Naohvery beautiful figured grain. A+3 days ago

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My new parlor build gets a fancy rosette, featuring Paua abalone and Leopard Wood. (6 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Jan VailNice3 days ago

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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)
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Terry Farrellwhat a mess-ooops I mean how cool!!2 weeks ago

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Ryan AshleyVery nice, man!2 weeks ago   ·  1
Gabriel TenorioI love parlour guitars! That 'cathedral' is a testament to the great job of doing your math and getting those sympathetic vibrations working for you. I have a carved cedar piece that has wonderful 'cathedral'. Great job. (Was that some crowded house at the end?) I make strings by the way.2 weeks ago   ·  2
Gregory Cardinal DilleyGreat video Ben! I love tone wood talks, and your playing is excellent, elegant and expressive. Good show.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Gabriel TenorioGreat demo, nevertheless! So let's talk strings! What gauges are you using on the Advocate?2 weeks ago
Michael TiltonI put my iPod speakers right to my ear and the sound opened up to that cathedral sound. Nice work B. Oh, glad to see you have all your fingers 😀2 weeks ago   ·  1
Geep NaohAnother Beaut from the shoppe of Wilborn. A wonderment!2 weeks ago
Jon ResnikThis made my morning, Ben Wilborn. That composition is as haunting today as it was the day we put it to picture in the edit room. And your new Advocate is just that for such a beautiful piece of music.2 weeks ago
Dale CollinsWhat a beautiful guitar Ben!!! I am a small guitar lover!!! When is it going home?2 weeks ago
Darron ArchBrilliant!2 weeks ago
Gabriel TenorioMy favorite. I use the same on my own. Let's get some to you. Pm me your addrsss2 weeks ago   ·  1

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