Wilborn Nautilus, Myrtle & Tunnel 14 Redwood


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The "genesis of the Comma Series design", the Wilborn Nautilus may have the dimensions of a mid-sized OM or Concert, but it definitively has a voice and look all its own. The full suite of features Ben uses on his Comma Series guitars can be found here. The modest multiscale design maximizes the tonal response on both ends of the spectrum while presenting no challenge to the player, and an elevated fingerboard helps to create more overtones. The 3D offset soundhole points sound upward to the player, while a dramatic cutaway and an arm bevel add comfort and access. An additional feature not seen on all his other guitars is a back bevel, giving this guitar a slimmer, more comfortable feel against the body.

Best of all are the unusual and gorgeous tonewoods Ben has used on this versatile shape. Gorgeously figured North American myrtle is denser than maple but lighter than rosewood, providing a woody and warm sound. Ben describes it as creamy and full, with a less pronounced high end, so notes stay rich and resonant when soloing up the neck. He accented this cello-like richness with an autumnal cello burst, with uncommon finishing touches of ziricote on the binding, fingerboard, and bridge.

  • Model: Nautilus
  • Top: Tunnel 14 redwood
  • Back and sides: Myrtle
  • Neck: Myrtle, reinforced with carbon
  • Fingerboard: Ziricote with 14-20" radius
  • Bridge: Ziricote
  • Binding, bevels and headstock veneer: Ziricote
  • Tuners: Schertler
  • Nut and saddle material: Bone
  • Finish: Cello burst, nitro gloss
  • Features: Offset soundhole, bevelled armrest
  • Scale length: Multi-scale - 24.9" to 25.4"
  • Nut width: 1-13/16"
  • String spacing: 2-5/16"
  • Lower bout: 15"
  • Depth: 4-1/2"
  • Pickup: K&K installed by Ben Wilborn
  • Strap pin: Ziricote
  • Case: Calton (blue)


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Wilborn Nautilus, Myrtle & Tunnel 14 Redwood
The "genesis of the Comma Series design", Ben Wilborn's Nautilus is a do-it-all mid-sized guitar with a host of modern features, from a multiscale set-up, offset soundhole, beveled arm and rib rests, and more.
An unusual pairing of Tunnel 14 redwood and myrtle combine for a "creamy and full" voice, with a woody resonance and restrained overtones that results in a cello-like richness in the bass and rounded notes up high
The rich voice is accented with a dark cello burst and ziricote binding, fretboard, bridge and details

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Wilborn Guitars

Ben Wilborn specializes in steel string acoustic guitars. Wilborn guitars are lightly built, simply appointed guitars with an emphasis on extremely refined details and a powerful, balanced sound.

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