Atkin Guitars at Andertons Music Co!
Atkin Guitars produce stunning hand-built acoustics inspired by the timeless classics. From folky Parlour instruments to big-bodied belters, these are among the cream of the acoustic crop - it’s no wonder they’re used by some of the biggest names in the business!
What are Atkin Guitars?
Based in Canterbury, UK, Atkin Guitars proudly offer a range of stunning hand-built acoustic guitars. Their highly-acclaimed instruments are widely considered some of the best on the market.
Founded in 1995 by Alister Atkin, the aim of the Atkin brand is simply uncompromising, authentic tone. While all of Atkin’s instruments are handmade, they aren’t afraid to experiment with modern technology. This combination of traditional luthiery and an open-minded approach yields the same results time after time; the ultimate acoustic guitar experience. Inspired by the many vintage instruments they've repaired and restored over the years, the Atkin line-up includes dreadnought, slope-shoulders, OM and OOO models amongst others. Whether you're looking for a booming strummer or a charming fingerpicking acoustic, it just doesn't get much better than this.
Why Choose Atkin Guitars?
- A team of 5 guitar makers hand-craft every instrument to your specs
- Authentic vintage looks and sound combined with modern engineering (bolt-on necks, two way truss rods)
- All tops and bracing wood is baked to minimise moisture and ensure beautifully classic look and feel
- Thinner aged finish allows wood to resonate with more warmth and sustain, and reduces the weight of the instrument
- Branded Lizard Skin vintage-style hardcase with every guitar
- Lifetime warranty to the original owner via online registration
Lovingly hand-crafted in the image of the classic pre-war Martin D-28 dreadnoughts (specifically the year 1937), Atkin left no stones unturned with the D37.
A Sitka Spruce top and East Indian Rosewood sides ensure stunning projection with a rich dynamic response. The depth of the body and the inclusion of scalloped bracing gives you a bold, booming tone while retaining detail and definition across all frequencies.
An aged nitrocellulose finish, herringbone purfling and a contrasting tortoiseshell pickguard complete the picture; the D37 looks the part in every respect.
The Forty-Three is a lovingly crafted tribute to the classic Gibson J-45. Atkin Guitars worked with the Buddy Holly Foundation to recreate his prized 1943 J-45 – the project was so successful, they decided to make it a part of their core range.
The Forty-Three delivers on all fronts. Its powerful but direct sound is incredibly responsive, bringing out every nuance in your playing. The classic Sitka Spruce & Mahogany combo ensure rich harmonics and a focused yet dynamic tone. Finished with aged nitrocellulose and that vintage sunburst, the Forty-Three is truly irresistible.
US Bluegrass legend Tony Rice is the proud owner of a 1935 Martin D-28 with a unique twist. Its broader soundhole, vibrant tortoiseshell pickguard and beautifully golden top are a sight to behold. Then there’s the sound; many believe that it’s the best-sounding D-28 in the world.
It’s only fitting, then, that Atkin Guitars wanted to pay homage to this legendary instrument; the White Rice is their faithful tribute. A Sitka Spruce top and East Indian Rosewood sides ensure stunning projection with a rich dynamic response. The larger soundhole adds heaps of power – this guitar delivers an unmistakably commanding tone.
The Atkin OM design combines a full scale-length with a body that’s slightly more compact than their dreadnought models. The result is a comfortable, familiar playing experience that’s simply irresistible.
The classic Sitka Spruce and Mahogany combo, combined with the compact body, gives you a warm, dynamic response with a little more focus on the midrange than booming dreadnought guitars. That said, there’s no shortage of bass or projection, and the high frequencies sparkle with brilliant clarity thanks to the Ebony fretboard and bridge. Additional appointments like a larger top dome and Atkin’s signature scalloped bracing gives the Essential OM a modern edge.
For the Essential OOO, Atkin took the OM design and reworked it with a lower bout and shorter scale length (24.9” to be precise). The smaller body and shorter neck results in a warm, folky tone reminiscent of the American instruments of old. As the name suggests, this is the pure essence of the OOO-style acoustic.
The classic Sitka Spruce and Mahogany combo, combined with the compact body, gives you a warm, dynamic response with a little more focus on the midrange than booming dreadnought guitars. That said, there’s no shortage of bass or projection, and the high frequencies sparkle with brilliant clarity thanks to the Ebony fretboard and bridge. Additional appointments like a larger top dome and Atkin’s pre-war scalloped bracing gives the Essential OOO a unique edge.
Atkin’s Essential D has been lovingly crafted as a stripped-back homage to the classic dreadnoughts of old - think the Martin D-18. This is the very essence of the acoustic guitar; triple-distilled, full-fat tone and a glorious aged character.
The classic Sitka Spruce and Mahogany combo, combined with the broad lower bout and shoulders, gives you a warm, commanding sound. Despite the accentuated volume, the Essential D retains all of the finesse and dynamics that you’d expect, with the Ebony fretboard and bridge adding the perfect amount of top-end sparkle.
A tortoiseshell pickguard and thin aged nitrocellulose finish complete the picture. Luxurious in looks, sound and feel, the Essential D is a worthy addition to the Atkin line-up.
The Orchestra Model shape is more compact than the classic Dreadnought or Jumbo design. The challenge for luthiers is to be able to produce an OM guitar that still offers a rich, responsive sound. Atkin Guitars have taken steps to ensure that this is indeed the case.
Carefully selected torrified Sitka Spruce is used for the top. Combined with their hand-scalloped bracing, it resonates with a charming, full-bodied sound that has to be heard to be believed. CITES-certified Indian Rosewood back & sides add extra warmth and tightness to the sound, making the OM37 perfect for folk & fingerstyle players.
Also referred to as the Parlor guitar (depending where you are in the world), this design is among the smallest of acoustic guitar body shapes. Atkin's L36 is inspired by Gibson's L-00, particularly those from 1936 as the name suggests. The L-00 set the bar for the Parlour design, and it became a pivotal part of American folk and blues music.
Carefully selected torrified Sitka Spruce is used for the top. Combined with their hand-scalloped bracing, it delivers a tight, bouncy tone that's perfect for folky fingerpicking and blues-style flatpicking alike.
As the name might suggest, Atkin’s LG47 is inspired by Gibson’s classic LG series, introduced in the ‘40s. It combines a relatively compact slope-shoulder body shape with scalloped X-bracing – despite its smaller size, it doesn’t compromise on tone.
The classic Sitka Spruce & Mahogany combination gives you a surprisingly responsive low-end, while the use of Rosewood and Ebony in the fretboard, bridge and headstock adds a little extra midrange attack. The result is an old-school warmth that’s perfect for fingerpicking and flat-picking alike.
For the OOO37, Atkin took the OM design and reworked it with a lower bout and shorter scale length (24.9” to be precise). The smaller body and shorter neck results in a warm, folky tone reminiscent of the American instruments of old.
The classic Sitka Spruce and Rosewood combo ensures that every chord strummed and every note plucked is a delight to the ear. Ebony is used for the fingerboard and bridge, which perfectly contrasts with the rich aged nitrocellulose finish that gives the guitar its vibrant hue. While not as loud as their dreadnought offerings, the OOO37 is a wholly musical acoustic experience.
Who plays Atkin Acoustic Guitars?
As mentioned earlier, Atkins are played by some of the most famous players in the business. Here's just a handful:
- Bruce Springsteen
- Dolly Parton
- Ed Sheeran
- Graham Coxon
- Paul McCartney
- Don McLean
- Elvis Costello
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