Atkin Essential OM Orchestra Model Acoustic Guitar with Aged Nitrocellulose Finish

The pinnacle of premium acoustic guitars, handmade in Britain!

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Sam Beattie

The Essential OM embodies the Atkin Guitars approach to luthiery. This understated yet undeniably beautiful instrument combines classic acoustic aesthetics with stunning tone – the result is one of the best acoustic guitars you’ll ever play!

Atkin Essential OM Orchestra Model

Premium OM Design

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.

Finish & Electronics Options

Atkin offer two types of finish for all of their guitars: aged and mirror finish. Both are nitrocellulose, but as the name suggests, the former has been painstakingly aged for that vintage vibe. It's also worth noting that while none of the Atkins come with built-in electronics, we'll happily fit some for you. The recommended systems are as follows:

If you're interested in adding electronics to your Atkin guitar, please get in touch

Handmade in Britain

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, and come with a certificate of authenticity and a lifetime warranty.

Founded in 1995 by Alister Atkin, the aim of the game is uncompromising 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.  

As well as their core line, Atkin offer custom builds and are happy to take requests. If you've got any questions about tweaks to your Atkin acoustic, please get in touch with us.


  • Top: Torrified Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
  • Truss Rod: Dual Action
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Rosette: Black/white/black
  • Binding: Tortoiseshell
  • Bracing: Pre-war Scalloped Bracing
  • Lacquer Finish: Aged thin gloss nitrocellulose
  • Nut & Saddle: Bone
  • Tuners: Nickel Gotoh
  • Fret Markers: Mother of Pearl
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Nut width: 43mm
  • Case: Atkin Oxblood
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