Founded in Canterbury, England, in 1995, Atkin Guitars uses a combination of traditional techniques and a little modern technology to handcraft around 350 guitars a year, imbued with the indefinable qualities that delight, surprise, and inspire us even after decades as players. Karl and Nathaniel take a few of their favorites out for a walk in the country.
All of our guitars are built by hand here in our workshop. We stick to tried-and-tested traditional construction methods, but we’re not afraid to embrace new technology where we feel it can do a better job, just as long as there’s zero compromise in terms of tone. So, for example, frets are fitted and finished by hand but we use precision computer-controlled routing to cut the fret slots. All our guitars feature nitrocellulose lacquer because we believe it’s still the best sounding, best looking finish a guitar can have.