Mike Sankey


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!




2015 Ottawa Guitar Show

For the fourth year running I am organizing and exhibiting at the Ottawa Guitar Show. It will be taking place this fathers' day at the beautiful and historic Glebe Community Centre. Featuring handcrafted guitars by over thirty of the best luthiers working today, if you're a guitar player (or even just a fan) you won't want to miss this. It's a chance to play some great guitars, talk shop with some amazing artisans, and take in some fine performances at our demonstration concerts. I sincerely hope to see you there!


New Guitar: "Burly"

A key factor in creating a comfortable guitar is the weight. I couldn't get much lighter than this little beauty with a small body of featherweight California Redwood burl, and hardware made mostly of aluminum. Clic on the pic to learn more...


New Guitar: "Magmatic"

My latest ergonomic guitar; semi-hollow body, seven strings, Cocobolo top. This could be the ultimate jazz/fusion machine. Clic on the pic to learn more...


Anglo-Saxon Lyre

Sonic archaeology again: This is my interpretation of the ancient lyre of northern europe. Played widely for thousands of years, it was somehow forgotten by the time of the renaissance. Using medieval manuscripts as well as artifacts from archeological excavations, we are learning more and more about these amazing instruments, and about the people who played them. Clic on the pic to learn more...


New Guitar: "Midilicious"

Despite the lack of visible pickups, this is one of the most versitile guitars I have ever made. One of the more exotic ways that one can use an electric guitar is as a synth controller. Midilicious has a hexaphonic pickup system and a MIDI-compatible polyphonic output for doing just that.

Utilizing the analog 1/4" output it also works superbly as an acoustic-electric guitar, albeit the lightest, most comfortable and fastest-playing one you've ever tried. It's also a sweet solo instrument if you crank up the gain. Clic on the pick to learn more...