Handcrafted guitars that sound as beautiful as they look

Operated by luthier Jeffrey McKay, McKay Guitars is an independent Canadian guitar manufacturer located in Ottawa, ON that specializes in custom guitars that are hand carved to look, sound and play their best.

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Custom designed and built for each musician

The bond between a musician and their guitar is something truly special. That’s why each McKay guitar is crafted by hand to match each player’s distinct style. That way, you get an instrument that sounds and feels the way you want it to — each time you pick it up.

Handcrafted Styles

Quality and craftsmanship come together in perfect harmony

McKay Guitars are handmade with only the finest materials and techniques, which make playing them not only sound better, but feel better too.

Complement your tone with elegant woods

Visually stunning woods hand carved within the right tolerance to resonate the perfect sound for your playing style.

Play effortlessly with a neck crafted for your hands

Smooth, ergonomic necks and fret boards set with ideal action to make playing feel effortless.

Amplify your sound with the right hardware

Custom choice of pickups, machine heads and accessories to ensure each note and chord sounds its best.

Personalize everything down to the last detail

Beautifully carved inlays, one-of-a-kind bridges and custom designs that reveal each player’s distinct personality.

The Guitars

The perfect instrument — no matter your playing style

Whether you’re looking for an acoustic, electric or archtop — or another stringed instrument — our creations combine a rich, full-bodied sound with creative designs for a finished product that speaks volumes.

Extend the life of your instrument

We handle each guitar we repair as if it is one of our own and offer a quick turnaround so you can get back to playing. Our range of affordable repair services include, but are not limited to:

  • Re-fretting
  • Structural repairs
  • Fret leveling, crowning and polishing
  • Guitar setups with perfect intonation

Hear what our clients have to say


Come try a McKay guitar — you won’t want to put it down

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