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Both the tonal and aesthetic beauty of a guitar is deeply rooted in the selection and careful manipulation of various domestic and exotic woods. Only the highest quality woods are selected and worked with painstaking care to my exacting standards. While the standard model is built with master grade Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood back and sides, I have a wide selection of soundboards and tonewoods available to create a truly customized instrument. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding wood selection. Together, we can design a guitar with the look and sound you have been searching for.

One of the few negative aspects of building guitars is the environmental impact caused by the harvesting of exotic hardwoods. While the amount of wood used over the course of a luthier's career is relatively small, I feel it is a builder's responsibility and in everyone's best interest to counteract this usage. That is why, from ever guitar I sell, a generous donation will go to the non-profit organization Taking Root. Based in Montreal, Taking Root believes that sustainable reforestation is more than simply planting a tree; it is empowering local communities to develop their own sustainable reforestation practices. Learn more about this great organization at


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"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

"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