Atkin L-36 Black Special Acoustic Guitar



Another incredible guitar from Atkin, with a torrified sitka spruce top and mahogany neck, back and sides. 

This guitar features a Santos Rosewood fretboard, a 24 7/8" scale length and comes with a hardcase.

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£ 2,450.00

-£ 349.00

£ 2,799.00

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What We Say 

A diminuative guitar in stature but a true giant in the tone department, the L-36 is based on Gibson budget model of the 1930s, the L-00. It's a really great design, the L-00: for a start, it offers the typical tonal qualities of a larger parlour (punchy, lightning quick attack, great dynamics, easy to drive and get the full dynamic range with fingernails) without the historical quicks of slotted headstocks of 12 fret body joins. Mahogany was originally chosen for its practical benefits, being cheap and plentiful in the 1930s, but it turned out to be the ideal match for the body size and emphasises the responsiveness of the design. This style of guitar is the ideal fingerpicking instrument if you're looking for lively and expressive rather than the poised and elegant sound of Martin's rosewood parlours, and they're great blues machines.

Although this model comes as standard in sunburst, this one goes for a sexy black livery that looks amazing with the subtly aged finish. It's a phenomenal guitar - a really nice example of one of our favourite Atkin models. 

What they say

Also referred to as the Parlor guitar (depending on where you are in the world), this design is among the smallest of acoustic guitar body shapes. 1936 was a great year for the Parlor design and our L36 takes inspiration from those very guitars right at the time they became a pivotal part of American Folk and Blues music.

Carefully selected torrified Sitka Spruce is used for the top. Combined with their hand-scalloped bracing, it delivers a tight, bouncy tone that’s perfect for folky fingerpicking and blues-style flatpicking alike.

Whilst none of the guitars in the Atkin range come with electronics as standard, we’ll happily fit them for you on request. There are several options depending on your needs so give us a call to discuss.


  • TOP: Torrified Sitka Spruce
  • BACK & SIDES: Mahogany
  • NECK: Mahogany
  • LOGO: Atkin & Banner Decal
  • TRUSS ROD: Two-Way (Soundhole Adjust)
  • FRETBOARD: Santos Rosewood
  • BRIDGE: Santos Rosewood
  • ROSETTE: Black/White/Black
  • BINDING: Aged Plain Ivoroid
  • BRACING: Pre-war scalloped
  • LACQUER FINISH: Light relic thin nitrocellulose
  • NUT & SADDLE: Bone
  • TUNERS: Nickel Kluson
  • CASE: Atkin Oxblood
  • BODY LENGTH: 19"
  • BODY DEPTH: 4 3/8"
  • LOWER BOUT WIDTH: 14 3/4"
  • SCALE LENGTH: 24 7/8"
  • NUT WIDTH: 1 11/16"

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