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2020 Wilborn Nautilus, Brazilian Rosewood/Adirondack Spruce
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Status
Sold
Brand
Wilborn Guitars
Product Year
2020
Model
Nautilus
Serial #
192
New/Preowned
New
SKU
TMP2023
Condition
Minute back crack found, stabilized and made invisible by our repair staff.
Body Type(s)
Small, 0000
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - Adirondack (Red)
Neck Wood
Mahogany - Honduran
Neck Profile
C
Arm Bevel
Yes
Bridge
Ebony - Gabon/Gaboon
Rosette
Ebony
Top Trim
Violin Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony - Gabon/Gaboon
Fingerboard Bindings
Ebony - Gabon/Gaboon
Fret Markers
MOP Side Dots
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Ebony - Gabon/Gaboon
Headstock Bindings
Ebony - Gabon/Gaboon
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Instrument Finish
Gloss
Body Bindings
Ebony - Macassar
Tuners
Schertler
Tuner Finish
Black
Cutaway
Florentine
Pickguard
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.5 in
Upper Bout
10.875 in
Lower Bout
14.875 in
Body Depth Heel
3.75 in
Body Depth Tail
4.375 in
Scale Fan Treble
25.4
Scale Length
26 in
Scale Length (mm)
660 mm
Nut Width
1.81 in
Nut Width (mm)
46 mm
String Spacing
2.313 in
String Spacing (mm)
58.7 mm
Weight
4 lb. 12 oz.
Case
Hardshell - Calton Flight Case
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Description

Ben Wilborn’s 2020 Nautilus model comes to us with high expectations—and more than answers the call. Wilborn has gone back to the drawing board and returned with a whole family of new features for his Nautilus. Here, the traditional soundhole has been kiboshed in favor of an upper bout version which acts as an integrated soundport. This allows Ben to brace the top radially and escape the restrictions of the classic X brace system—the result being added power in the bass register, and exquisite clarity and presence for the mids and trebles (oh, the trebles). Additionally, this allows Ben to use a multiscale setup (here 26-25.4” at our request) that better corresponds to the radial bracing pattern. A slim Ryan-style arm bevel and rib bevel, plus dramatic florentine cutaway, round out the suite of creature comforts. Honduran Mahogany neck with a medium-to-slim C profile feels lovely in hand, old growth Adirondack Spruce from Ben’s premium stash on top—and the pièce de résistance: the best set of Brazilian Rosewood for the back and sides from Ben’s personal primo collection.
The Nautilus is a powerhouse with volumes of tone under the hood, appointed with an understated aesthetic that lets the quality of the materials speak for themselves, and it plays like grass-fed butter.


Check out Ben walking through his deflection testing method for tops here: https://youtu.be/m5Epr3U0rDw


Here's a bit from Ben himself:


"The Nautilus in a mid-sized guitar that changes all the rules. The impetus for this design was the idea that in a traditional X-braced guitar with a centrally located soundhole, approximately one-third of the top is rendered inert due to the demands of the structure required to keep the top from collapsing. The Nautilus, by relocating the soundhole to the upper treble bout, frees up a great deal more real estate for vibration, which after all, is how a guitar amplifies sound. Off-set soundholes are nothing new, but all the previous attempts I have seen fail to fully take advantage of this radical realignment. The Nautilus is not an X-braced guitar, but is instead radially braced, with all the braces arranged like spokes on a wheel, from the bridge outward. Whereas the traditional X locks the the bridge area into a relatively inflexible unit, the radial arrangement allows the bridge much more freedom of movement. The result is a tremendous increase in bass response, a warm and sophisticated top end, and overall greater output of volume. Playing this instrument is a revelation of what potential a guitar possesses.


The Nautilus features a number of modern innovations, all of them critically contributing to a thoroughly and thoughtfully designed whole. Not just a mish-mash of contemporary features, but a through-composed suite of interrelated sonic and ergonomic details."


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Wow! This is a revolutionary design that I think is quite special.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in - 26 in
NUT WIDTH 1.81 in
STRING SPACING 2.313 in
WOODS SPRUCE - ADIRONDACK (RED),
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

Ben Wilborn’s 2020 Nautilus model comes to us with high expectations—and more than answers the call. Wilborn has gone back to the drawing board and returned with a whole family of new features for his Nautilus.
 

Wow! This is a revolutionary design that I think is quite special.
 
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