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!

 

 

Friday
Dec122014

New Guitar: "Dove"

 

Here's a bird of the same feather as Peregrine; introducing its gentler, jazzier counterpart "Dove". It's a true hollowbody with a carefully constructed spruce top. Click on the pic to learn more...

Wednesday
Dec032014

New Guitar: "Tortoise"

 

This unusual archtop guitar made its public debut at the Holy Grail Guitar Show. Now it is time to share it with the rest of the world! There are very few parts of the guitar that haven't been substantially rethought. Click on the pic to see and read more...

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