About Ken Bebensee

“I can build any type of instrument that is imaginable combining the best ideas with artistic spirit and creative impulse. I am continually building, designing, playing, creating….My intention is to build instruments that really work well, sound and play great and will last forever.”~Ken Bebensee

Yuba River Guitar

Ken Bebensee has been designing and building custom electric/acoustic stringed instruments since 1984. KB Guitars and Basses began in 1989 in San Luis Obispo, CA where he attended Cal Poly State University for a degree in Engineering and Industrial Technologies. Since then, Ken has been busily building custom orders for musicians such as Robert Hurst, David Gross, Art Seals and and over a hundred other musicians around world.  In 2001, Ken moved his shop to the forested foothills of North San Juan in Northern California. KB guitars’ unique craftsmanship is several years in the making. It takes a long time to build extraordinary instruments that play as good as they look. However, by ordering from the new selection of available inventory, you could be playing upon arrival.  You may visit, by appointment, to feel, see, hear Ken’s instruments in the  showroom / studio and workshop.  Witness the evolution of instrument designs being perfected using Ken’s artistic vision, technical skill, and creativity. There is small, evolving inventory of Ken Bebensee’s personal instruments and others available for immediate purchase.   Through the purchase of a Ken Bebensee instrument, you are claiming a highly functional work of art for your own creative music. Each KB instrument is an individually expressive being who is precision crafted to enable musicians in their own unique musical vision.