Sigmund was born and raised in Norway, where his career in building and repairs began.
I began playing guitar at 13, and played in a professional band for many years travelling around Norway. In 1995 I moved to Canada and became fifty percent owner and instructor of Summit School, until it closed in 2020.
In 1996, Sigmund started his own line of fine, custom-built instruments, which continues today. I build guitars with a mix of traditional and modern flavours. I also build customized guitars. These instruments are not built with a CNC machine but with traditional tools and by hand. I also do every type of repair basic to advanced including refinishing.
Because he played, and instruments need to be serviced, Sigmund learned how to do repairs himself. I started to build in Norway because I was curious to see if I could do it. I have a curious mind. After Summit closed, I opened SJ Guitars and Luthiery Training, so that I could continue doing what I love.
My biggest creative influences are: Leo Fender, Bob Benedetto, Michael Dunn and John Monteleone to name a few. There are many, but like music, it's hard to pick your favourites. I have been inspired by many of the great builders.
Every time a new instrument is strung up, it always amazes me – the sound and the feeling you get when you strum that first chord!