My love affair with the guitar first began while studying mechanical engineering at Cornell University. After shelling out $199 for an electric guitar/amp combo during my junior year, I spent every day working on Led Zeppelin riffs whenever I wasn’t attending lectures or crunching through problem sets. My interest in music and the guitar steadily progressed to the forefront and after graduating I decided to rethink my future in engineering. Around this time the previously dormant mechanical engineer was itching to show his face again and after meeting a few local luthiers, the building seed was planted. Looking through luthier books was incredibly intimidating from both a skill set and tools perspective. So, after spending a few summers in the mountains outside of South Lake Tahoe and managing to save some money, I found Sergei de Jonge’s guitar course in Chelsea, Quebec. My knowledge of luthiers at that time was essentially non-existent and my primary reason for choosing Sergei was because he offered vegetarian meals! Little did I know that I had inadvertently landed in the shop of one of the world’s most respected luthiers!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 many of the best luthier showcases and my guitars have also been for sale by some of the top dealers in North America and the UK.
Every once in a while a luthier comes to show us there instruments and we are simply blown away. Michael Kennedy and his Indian Hill guitars are special. He has created designs that really pull all the possible tone from an instrument and inspire the player. We are delighted to be working with Indian Hill guitars.