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Atkin Historic Series The Forty Three Relic, J43

Atkin Historic Series The Forty Three Relic, J43
Atkin Historic Series The Forty Three Relic, J43
Atkin Historic Series The Forty Three Relic, J43
Atkin Historic Series The Forty Three Relic, J43
Atkin Historic Series The Forty Three Relic, J43
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Crafted using a wonderful Baked Sitka Spruce top this acoustic will be Instantly recognisable as conforming to one of the worlds timeless classic builds. This Aged Finish version Atkin 43 packs in a sumptuous level of woods with period correct looks and stunning slope shouldered dread tone. A tribute to a classical American build, the Forty Three by British guitar builder Atkins, is a real tasty throwback to the pre war period, and we think its especially easy on the eye. Gorgeous to look at and to play, this version comes in the Aged finish, which is thinner than the mirror finish and provides an animated played in soulful tone. A superb vintage styled guitar with an inspirational and creative full sounding voice.

The Forty Three is both direct and powerful, but with an easy-playing shorter scale length, it’s easy to see why this guitar has been favoured by so many singer-songwriters over the years. The big-bodied slope shoulder shape, combined with our Baked Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides, delivers warm mids, solid lows and great definition. It’s a timeless acoustic guitar tone.

SN: 2884
Top Baked Sitka Spruce
Back / Sides Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Headstock Overlay Walnut
Logo Atkin Banner Decal
Fretboard Santos Rosewood
Bridge Santos Rosewood
Rosette Black/White/Black
Binding Grained Ivoroid
Bracing Pre-war scalloped bracing
Lacquer Finish High gloss nitrocellulose
Nut & Saddle Bone
Tuners Nickel Kluson
Side Dot Fingerboard Markers White Celluloid
Fret Markers MOP - Dots
Case Hard shell

For nearly 25 years we have been helping players from around the world get hold of rather special, rare, and sought-after instruments. We have shipped guitars to many countries, including Australia, Japan, China, America, Canada, Korea, Israel, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Turkey, France, Germany, Norway, Austria and virtually all other European areas. Most months we find ourselves sending guitars to many of these locations. We are very experienced and ready to help with any questions or needs you may have.

We offer a bespoke shipping service and will work hard to ensure you receive both an excellent level of service and a very competitive shipping quote. We only use premium courier services, such as Fed EX, UPS, DHL, TNT etc.

All prices outside the UK would normally be charged less our UK TAX (VAT). So export prices will typically be far lower than our listed website inc UK vat prices. We are happy to advise you on any aspects of the export and import process you may have questions about.

Please email us with your location and let us know what you are interested in and we will work out an export price to include shipping to you.

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Just discovered Atkins guitars

Was after a Gibson J45 to begin with and spent some time researching and looking at other models before assuming I would just get a Gibson. I had already played a few Atkins and have always been impressed with them. on a visit to project music in Exeter the salesman placed a J43 into my hands. As soon as I played it I was set on getting it. I love the aged finish and its a really responsive guitar. It doesn't sound exactly the same as a Gibson J45, but it is a really fantastic instruments and in a head to head comparison I would expect the J43 to come out on top. Its hand made in the UK and just sounds really good. I have hardly played any other guitars since buying this Atkins and may need to make room to get hold of one of the OM37's to keep it company. Its a big body guitar so some of the other models may be a better choice for those who like to pay sitting down. I am over 6ft tall and its fine for me but the other guitarist in my band found it a bit too bog for his taste. The only negative is the case catch was a bit to one side. This didn't bother me ta all and I mentioned it to the shop and they offered to swap the case over at a later date. 10 out of 10 to Mr Atkins on your latest range form an experienced Gibson and Martin player.

Brian B | East London | March 2023