Mike Sankey


Ottawa, Canada



I've been building and repairing guitars for 16 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!




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...


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...


Carving an archtop guitar (video)

carving an archtop guitar soundboard from Michael Sankey on Vimeo.


Here's a little video I made: it's a stop-motion of the process of carving an archtop guitar. The soundtrack is me playing the completed instrument, "A-train". Enjoy!


New Amp: "Sonic Vertigo"


Oftentimes it's easier to build anew than to repair the old. But when a friend gave me the spinning speaker out of an old console organ (broken, of course), I knew I had to save it. With some old parts and some new, I have turned it into a totally unique guitarists' combo amp. Click on the pic to read more...


2014 Ottawa Guitar Show

That's right, it's almost time for the Ottawa Guitar Show that I've organised for the past three years. This edition takes place in a new venue: the amazing Glebe Community Centre, a spectacular heritage building in one of Ottawa's lovliest neighbourhoods. I should know- I grew up there, and went to summer camps, after-school programs and other activities at the G.C.C.

There will be plenty of space for our greatly expanded roster of exhibitors too; over 33 luthiers from as far away as Toronto, Montreal, and northern New York will be there showing their work. There will be concerts featuring these amazing instruments running all day too. If you love guitars, or even just appreciate fine craftsmanship, you won't want to miss it. See you on june 29th!