I can't remember the model numbers, but I have played several Atkins over the years. My observations would be that they are very fine guitars for the money, but they do have very thin necks which I don't like.
Ooh, I fully understand. A couple of years ago I was alone and footloose in London for a couple of days, so what do you do? Of course I went to all the guitar shops and they had a L36 in Ivor Mairants. I went in there 3 times over the two days to try the damn thing. I was so close to buying it, and in the end I went home early to remove the temptation. There were two reasons I didn't buy one. The first was the crackly finish. It's well done, but doesn't really look old (too shiny), so why bother? The other was that I reasoned (rationalised is more correct) that I could probably get a real L1 for the price. I know, I know. That doesn't make sense - you buy the guitar that speaks to you not one that's the same shape.
I haven't played a J43 (daren't, just in case it takes me as the L36 did), but that Atkins L36 was the best Atkins I've ever played. The few that I tried before that day I found a bit lacklustre.
About whether the smaller body will allow hard playing, well the one I tried took everything with a sweetness and finesse that was barely credible.
You really do need to try them. Have a holiday somewhere near where they've got one if necessary.
“Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”: Douglas Adams
I think the quality of Atkin guitars has come on leaps and bounds in the last five years or so. I've played a couple of J43s recently and they have been great guitars. I do echo the comments about the thick net though — maybe they have an eye on electric players.
My main focus would be on ergonomics. If you are comfortable playing smaller guitars I'd seriously consider staying there especially as ergonomics get more important as you get older.
My mian guitar is a small jumbo but it has a Manzer wedge which makes it comfortable. I have a jumbo Martin J40 which is a nive guitar but I play it rarely because of comfort.
Coda Music have a used L36 aged and a used J43 aged in stock on their website...
I've only ever played a D37 from Atkin - the one I reviewed for acoustic review here: -
I really liked it, thought it was a great guitar and it gave me some serious GAS for a few weeks (I'd love to get hold of an essential 000 or 0 at some point in the future, when I actually can earn money again!)
jackorion Oddly enough I've been able top play both of these guitars at Ivor Mairants before it closed. I might have said this before so forgive me! The J43 seemed to me to be a big improvement on the previous Atkin J45s that I have played — I'm talking tone rather than playability. The L36 just knocked me out. It was very good — at least to my ears!
Previously I really couldn't see what all the fuss was about. They were nice guitars but didn't do much for me. Ivor's used to do that to me. They often stocked Elysian guitars (?) which did nothing for me — I always thought the Brooks better value. But the Atkins I have played over the last couple of years have really caught my attention.
ocarolan: I expect he just fell over and rectum.
Aug 4, 2020 12:35:38 GMT
robmc: Well close Keith, I was on roller skates being towed down a hill by my friend on a bike, for extra speed...you can guess the rest
Aug 4, 2020 18:04:31 GMT
robmc: Dinner break over... Roller skates out from under me, 80s short shorts offering little protection, skin removed from half way up my thighs and both cheeks. Disinfectant stung just a wee bit.
Aug 4, 2020 18:44:49 GMT
robmc: And to make it worse, half way through my mother applying the disinfectant, my brother and the girl from next door, who we both liked, came in to see the show.
Aug 4, 2020 18:47:27 GMT
scorpiodog: Rob, you do, you realise, now have to write a song about the incident. With all the embarrassing details.
Aug 5, 2020 11:19:58 GMT
ocarolan: That'll be a cracking song alright!
Aug 5, 2020 11:40:29 GMT
NewDave: Ouch. What hurt more, your pride or your legs?
Aug 5, 2020 12:58:28 GMT
martinrowe: 'Slippin and a Slidin'
Aug 5, 2020 13:18:01 GMT
robmc: I don't know Paul, it's all still pretty raw... Although, how about 'Nevermind the Buttocks'. Dave, legs and bum definitely hurt more than pride, although my pride still hurt!
Aug 5, 2020 21:14:02 GMT
scorpiodog: Yes, Rob. I can see you in a Sex Pistols tribute band. Or you could do a Tony Bennett and use "I scraped my arse and banned machismo".
Aug 6, 2020 10:59:16 GMT
NewDave: Or you could do the Sarah Brightman classic, I lost my arse to a starship trooper.
Aug 6, 2020 17:11:47 GMT
robmc: Interesting suggestions, I'll work on my own magnum opus and simply call it 'Skidmarks'
Aug 6, 2020 22:00:22 GMT
scorpiodog: What? Like "Underpants is theft"? Or "The means of defecation must be in the hands of the proletariat"? Oh, sorry, no. That's Skidmarx.
Aug 7, 2020 9:41:34 GMT
NewDave: Power to the Poop hole?
Aug 7, 2020 14:39:01 GMT