Name:

Mike Sankey

Location:

Ottawa, Canada

 

 

I've been building and repairing guitars for 17 years. Each one is crafted individually, slowly, by hand. I give my instruments names, not serial numbers, because every one is unique. I like to maintain a modern and functionalist aesthetic, showcasing the natural beauty of local woods. Hopefully you'll enjoy them too!

 

 

Thursday
Nov202014

Thanks Berlin!

The Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin was a great success. First of all, the city of Berlin is absolutely amazing, with a vibrant culture of new ideas and old traditions. It is certainly the most hip and happenning place I've been to recently. The organizers of the show did a wonderful job running this complicated event smoothly and efficiently, creating an environment where all of us luthiers really felt like we belonged. I got to meet and chat with some of the great guitarmakers who have shaped the way I build, jammed with some very cool musicians, and somehow even had the time to hang out and just enjoy everyone's company.

What struck me the most was the incredible variety and creativity of so much of the work on display. Almost every builder brought something that pushed the envelope of what's possible with the guitar, from Michihiro Matsuda's deconstructed archtop to Uli Teuffel's mind-bending Birdfish to Linda Manzer's 52-stringed wonder. Not just that, but the visitors to the show were a cosmopolitan and knowledgeable crowd who were as thrilled as I was to see and play these new guitar ideas. It's a long way from home, but I sure hope I can do this again every year!

Saturday
Nov082014

New Guitar: "Peregrine"

It's a bird, It's a plane, It's... a guitar! Not just any guitar, a headless ergonomic guitar, sculpted into a swooping shape inspired by that incredible bird of prey. Click on the pic to learn more...

Sunday
Oct192014

The Greatest Show on Earth!

This November I have the great privilege of exhibiting my guitars alongside 110 of the world's finest luthiers. Many of these folks have, without knowing it, been inspirations to me. Amazingly creative people like Michael Spalt, the Pagellis, Ken Parker, Michihiro Matsuda, and dozens of others, all in one place! If you're a guitar lover, you need to be at this show, even if you have to fly to Berlin like me. Check out their website to learn more: www.holygrailguitarshow.com

Saturday
Sep062014

New Amp: "Ol' Brown Shoe"

Here's a sweet little amp that'll have you asking yourself "Why are all my amps so ugly? And heavy? And complicated?" It's a bundle of simple warm tube tone, wrapped in a package that's built the way a fine handmade intrument should be. Clic on the pic to learn more...

Monday
Aug042014

New Guitar: "A-Train"

This is the end result of the video you see below. A-train is a full-sized but comfortably-proportioned acoustic archtop guitar, with a seventh string tuned down to A. Click on the pic to see more...