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During that first four week course I built two guitars spending almost every waking moment in the shop. One of the greatest joys of being a luthier is that moment when you first string up a guitar -- the excitement I felt finishing my first was absolutely incredible. I took Sergei's course once more a year later and soon returned to become his full-time apprentice. Working and living with Sergei and his wonderful family in the beautiful Gatineau hills for nearly three years was a life-changing experience. Sergei's complete willingness to openly share his vast knowledge with humor and optimism is truly inspiring.

As my time with Sergei drew to a close, I was faced with the wide open question of where to go next. Having spent many weekends exploring Montreal's incredibly vibrant music and art scene, it was an easy decision. Another of Sergei's apprentices, Jeremy Clark ( and I set up shop and quickly established ourselves by hosting monthly shop concerts, the occasional art exhibit, as well as taking in and teaching new and aspiring luthiers. We have since expanded into a much larger shop that is now shared by six luthiers and our reputation as a unique and important part of Montreal's music culture continues to grow.

Over the past few years I have been incredibly fortunate to have my guitars receive more and more recognition in the world of high-end instruments. In addition to participating in some of the best luthier showcases (2009-12 Montreal Guitar Show, 2011 and 2013 Healdsburg Guitar Festival) my guitars have also been for sale by some of the top dealers in North America and the UK (Dream Guitars, Twelfth Fret, Music Emporium, Rudy's Music, Acoustic Music Company).

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"This Kauri/Sitka Concert is superb. I could easily play this as my main guitar, I enjoy it that much. Very special..."

Paul Heumiller of Dream Guitars

"I was gob smacked by the first guitar I had from Mike, I am double gob smacked this time. This is one of the loudest guitars I've ever heard but it has depth and subtlety too. From the lowest bass note to the the highest treble, each note has perfect definition and clarity with a full and strong tone. Wether playing the most delicate fingerstyle or going for it with a pick this beauty takes it in its stride. Incredible."

Trevor Moyle of The Acoustic Music Company

"After twenty years of searching for the one guitar, the reliable medium to consistently deliver tone and playability without question, Mike Kennedy and Indian Hill Guitars have given me the answer. It always sounds good, and it is always lighting the way to new possibilities in my playing. I love this guitar, I can't say it enough."

Mike O"Brien, guitarist and member of The Sin and The Swoon

"This is the beginning of something incredible. This guitar is without a doubt one of the finest guitars I have ever played in my life. It is amazing and I have a funny feeling you will be reading more about this guitar while Iím cast under itís seductive sonic spell."

Kevin Hennig of SymphonTree Music

"I love my Indian Hill OO-13! Beyond the obvious highest level craftmanship, it is also a truly unique guitar. It's a steel string instrument, but it has the sensitivity of a nylon string and the punchiness of a Maccaferri. It also plays like a dream!"

Jonathan Kreisberg, solo jazz guitarist and member of Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio on his Indian Hill OO-13

"The best way to describe the tone from this guitar is 'unrestrained acoustic tonal bliss'. This is the kind of tonal magic that inspires an artist to create original music and I am so grateful to have it in my hands!

J.R.Rogers, founder and owner of the Acoustic Guitar Forum on his OO-12