000s are our favourite all round guitars - they strike a nice balance of plenty of clarity and individual note definition with enough headroom to handle strident rhythm duties without sounding harsh or boxy. The Essential 000 is all business: it's stripped back in appearance without the bling factor of the 37 series, but it's magic ingredient is the mahogany back and sides which make it wonderfully responsive. There's a dryness to mahogany that leaves plenty of space in what you're hearing so note separation is really good on mahogany guitars, whilst they also respond to changes in playing dynamic wonderfully well, making them extremely expressive guitars.
The stripped back aesthetic saves you a few hundred pounds over most of the Atkin models but you don't lose anything where it counts - this 000 is a proper handmade guitar made from premium materials and it shows in the sound. A wonderful guitar that's great value for money as well!
With the new Essential OOO (pronounced “Triple Oh”), we’re offering 100% Atkin tone – stripped down to the bare essentials!
Each Essential OOO is made with an aged North American Sitka spruce top and braced with pre-war scalloped bracing. Mahogany back and sides are complimented by a lightweight mahogany neck with an ebony fingerboard – just like some of the finest Pre-War guitars.
If you are looking for sweet sounding, mid-sized guitar with a wider nut, the Essential OOO is for you.
What makes a OOO?
Vintage OOOs went through a series of spec changes in the 1930s. We try to keep things a bit simpler and make ever OOO with the following specs:
At Atkin, we pride ourselves on our finishes. Alister details, sprays and polishes every guitar by hand with our own nitrocellulose blend.
We’ve come up with the thinnest nitro finish that we can shoot while protecting the instrument against the rigours of life on the road. Very light ageing of the lacquer gives each instrument a “played-in” feel.
We’ve departed in several ways from the classic pre-war style: A larger top dome, our lifetime-guaranteed neck/body joint, and a two-way truss rod are among the changes, so this isn’t a historical reproduction, but a modern British-made guitar with heaps of mojo!
Every Essential OOO comes with an vintage-style Atkin Oxblood case.