My friend and brilliant luthier Ryan Gerber designed and made these kerfed lining clamps. They are really, really clever. By far the best lining clamp I have used. I wish I could think this well. I believe he will be offering these for sale in sets, and I highly recommend them. ... See MoreSee Less
Hope they work as good as the look. My OCD thinks this is way to aesthetically pleasing 😁
Are those flamed maple sides?
Your thought processes are just fine 🤣
Did he use a 3D printer, or injection mold? Very smart.
Matt Clement they are great. It’s myrtle.
Leroy Dujour I think they are CNC’d out of UHMW.
I want a set!
Dave Staudte contact Ryan Gerber
It's an ingenious design.
Ben Wilborn thanks!
I profile them on a CNC router out of polypropylene. I have also talked with an injection molding company but I'd need some serious demand before the economics of that would work out.
Thanks for the post Ben, I'm happy they are a part of your already beautiful process!
Wow, nice engineering. I might want some if I can get back to building.
maybe something wrong with me but that design makes me smile, Frank Loyd Wright makes clamps.😎
Ryan Gerber I love em
Andrew Commiskey Totally get it. ✔️
Ryan Gerber Thanks for the details. Great work!
Looks like they would not with the typical triangle linings as in Martin, Taylor Gibson, and most other guitars. Just flat linings
CB Alyn right- rectangular only. But he can make them to specific dimensions
how does it work? :D
Boy is that SLICK! They are brilliant!
Ryan Gerber I'd approach StewMac or LMI once you have production cost numbers so you can negotiate... You have to solve the triangular edging issue first. I bet you could sell hundreds of thousands of these in a heartbeat. What an amazing design! Bravo
Here are the makings of a new Nautilus for The North American Guitar. Curly Myrtle, Tunnel 14 redwood and Ziricote for the accents. This will be available in November at TNAG. This myrtle has incredible depth to the curl, and I’m making the neck from the same board I cut the back an sides from. Matchy-matchy! ... See MoreSee Less
Woodwork is done on this Arum. Iron stained Sitka over Madagascar rosewood, ebony binding with a rosewood burl headstock veneer. The blue-grey tint of the Sitka I think is really beautiful. ... See MoreSee Less
Impeccable work as always Ben! Love that headstock grain.
Beautiful! Love that headstock!
That top is incredible! Can't wait to see it under lacquer....will those color hues show do you think? And the rest of the guitar ain't too shabby either! 🎸❤🍻👍💰
Super Duper, as usual.
Jim Whelan I think it will be more grey than blue, but still unusual and pretty.
Looking great, Ben!
Another beautiful guitar!!!👍
Your work is impeccable and a Wilborn is definitely climbing toward the top of the list for my “dream” guitar. Thank you for such visually and sonically inspiring instruments!!!
Wilborn Guitars Could the slight yellow tint that (I think) the laquer will add cause the blue to appear green? Maybe experiment with a tiny amount of blue dye added to the laquer, see how that works out and what the client thinks?
Without reading your heading. It that Honduran with Cedar…!!!
Honduran is killer 👌🏼
She’s a beauty!
Assume he wants to sell this beautiful guitar to buy a new comma series?
Shock T. Pot it is an unfortunate issue of arthritis, sadly.
Gee -- have him contact me? The Bantam you designed for me is my go to when my hands are bad (early and late in the day). Tuned down a half step makes it so manageable. My Ibex is the best for sound in the middle of the day when I'm at my best. Last night I was too awake and played it quietly in bed as my husband fell asleep.
It's beautiful Ben.. great job. Be safe old friend
Mine? A good boy I am.
What a beauty.
Work of art.
Excited to see this guy in person! 🙌🏽
Beautiful work Ben, I love it 👍
Looks great Ben Wilborn ! I'd love to try one.
Ben Wilborn amazing work! I know you’ve done lots of multi-scale, but I hadn’t seen a fanned fret model of yours yet. If I get to have a custom build one day, fanned fret would be fantastic.
Were these pictures taken with that guitar mount you made to help them hover?
Travis Boyd yes- the vacuum clamp method.
That is just gorgeous. Congrats.
Classy as usual
Do you do all your own photos?
Liza Tonetti no way. My pal Jeff Ross takes the good ones (these). The snapshots are mine…
Such a beautiful instrument! But sorry, anything with curves that sexy is definitely a GIRL 🤣
Here I’m gluing the top on this Arum. Wait, you say, that top is blue! And you are right. This is Sitka that was salvaged from a float-log that had an iron spike driven into it, which over the years imparted a blue stain throughout the wood. It’s novelty does not compromise the fact that it is also a really high quality top. It is coupled with a nice quarter sawn Madagascar rosewood back and sides set. ... See MoreSee Less
I don’t get the opportunity to apply French polish that often, but on this Arum, I’m doing just that. It’s a nice, quiet sort of contemplative way of building up a finish, and the results are very beautiful and thin. For those of you who notice it’s hanging in a spray booth, well it’s just curing in there in between coats on the bench. ... See MoreSee Less
Nice job, fellows. Almost piano like tones from the Ibex. Your music, like your instruments, elegant and understated. keep up the good work.😎🤙
Frog and toad....Is that like dog and butterfly?
Really nice new song, hope you remembered how you wrote it so you can tell us in your workshop! The Ibex is really quite nice, really works on those treble notes and holds it own against that beast of a guitar Brad is playing. Really nice combo right there.
Hey Ben. So you play a small bodied guitar, and once again capo it. The tone is amazing, even given the media limitations! You are like a prize fighter boxing with one hand, while still showing great skill and ending the “fight” in one round. Wonderful tune as well, Frog and Toad. Brad’s killing it. Thank you.
Love this tune. Sounds so beautiful
Lovely, as usual! Playing anywhere in town soon..I hope?
Ahhhhh!! Thank you! The sound of the Ibex when you bend notes is breathtaking!
I love it when you are playing a really special one and you start a sentence only to be interrupted by your fingers and after a few minutes you realize you were suppose to be talking haha. This appears to be one of those guitars. Thanks for bringing it to B.I.G. and see ya in 12 days!
Sustains wonderfully and really nice looking!!
Wow, just speechless
Life Goals, Owen a nautilus guitar❤️
The tone is in the top…
Robert Berger it’s the truth. We luthiers want to pretend it’s all our skill, but without a good top, we ain’t nuthin’.
I want it!
If you can do what you say you can do, it’s not bragging! Beautiful guitar!
That’s a pretty one, Ben. Sounds delicious.
And then just give that German spruce a couple of years….
Another beauty, Ben, I love it 👍
A beautiful piece of work Ben. 😎
Really great, Ben!
Frankly...im not sure which I like more....Your craftmanship at building your guitars?...or your talent at playing them! You da man! :)
Ben Wilborn this sounds amazing! Looking forward to experiencing it first hand.
Beautiful! Once again I wish I knew how to play!
HUGE sound for a BIG show!
Robert Vardaman This one has your name on it 😁
Andrew Commiskey If only left handed
Molto particolare..bella ed originale..sento buon legno..gran suono..
This is a adjustable post vice I made some years ago that is an indispensable part of my building process. The post is made of a laminated Baltic ply beam, and on top is a machinist vice atop a universal joint swivel thingee called a Powerarm Junior. (Which implies the existence of a Powerarm Senior; oh, beautiful dream!) I use this assembly anywhere 360 degree access to the work is useful- like carving bridges and gluing blocks into ribs. It’s bolted to the floor, and I only occasionally smash my elbow into it. ... See MoreSee Less
Adirondack spruce is among my favorite tonewoods. I just received this stack of truly excellent mastergrade tops from Randy Lucas, who cuts and grades his tops right. Adirondack, though among the most powerful and articulate top woods, has a tendency towards being, well, kind of plain, even homely looking. But these are cosmetically very pure and handsome, as well as being stiff and light as they should be. ... See MoreSee Less
I am going to turn this gorgeous Brazilian into an Arum for the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, being held this October 22-24 in Bearsville, NY. Perhaps a lovely Lutz spruce top, and some Macassar ebony binding? Yes! ... See MoreSee Less