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!



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Latest Guitar: "Peekaboo"

You've seen this one in progress, now it's time for the reveal. Introducing: "Peekaboo"

As you can see, it's another headless, semi-hollow, ergonomically designed seven string. There aren't too many of those out there, at least not yet. This one is a sinuous blend of curves and clean, modern lines. A genuine red spruce top covers a chambered chunk of contrasting black walnut, except for that little soundport in the upper bass bout. That also holds the inspiration for the name- Volume and Tone adjustment wheels peek out inconspicuously from the opening. Click on the image for a full Gallery description...

Reader Comments (3)

Beautiful. I might be a sucker for ergonomic guitars, but don't they make sense? Especially if you play for long periods, or have any physical issues with the weight and/or balance of most "standard" guitar designs out there. This particular guitar, the Peekaboo, has an exceptional aesthetically pleasing look.So many luthiers make "Klein clones". Although there's nothing really wrong with that - it is a very sound design. But Michael Sankey has taken the initiative to re-think the design and make it truly an original work of art and craftsmanship. I REALLY like the separate wood for the top and the way the sound port is factored into it. It even has one of my favourite brand of pickups- Alumitone (if i'm not mistaken). The electric guitar is a relatively new instrument, and I don't understand why SO many builders use but 4 or 5 of the first designs from the 1940's-50's.. There is much room for improvement as guys like Michael Sankey are proving with their forward thinking designs. Thank you Michael for forging forward. Best regards.
July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Thompson
Thanks Glenn! I've got plenty more original designs on the drawing board too- you'll see them start to emerge in the next few months.
July 18, 2013 | Registered CommenterMichael Sankey
I really like this guitar and design. I'm smitten by the walnut body and the clear spruce top. This is a true inspiration.
April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

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