The Thirty Eight is a new model for 2019, a deluxe version of a long scale J. The 25.4″ scale length helps to provide more tension on the strings which in turn moves the bridge closer to the end of the body. Sitka on Indian Rosewood also pulls out some of those piano like tones which are loved so much by Dreadnought fans. It’s stylish, it’s a joy to play, it feels like a walk in the park. Happy days.
As ever with Atkin, Alister and his team have come up with an incredible guitar. There's some classics at play here. Sitka spruce and rosewood bring out bright tones and quick response, whilst the jumbo nature of the guitar means you get one hell of a bang for your buck when it comes to the lower end. This baby is loud! The torrefied wood makes the guitar sound like it's 30 years old, with all the extra tone that comes with that extra dry wood.
The CITES friendly Santos Rosewood (also known as Pau Ferro) has a lovely tone to it, and a beautiful look to boot. Famously used with the Fender SRV signature model, Santos Rosewood is now the go to ethical wood. One of the criticisms that has been levelled at Pau Ferro is that it's a cheap alternative to Brazillian Rosewood - it's simply not true. It still has the lovely dark tone, and it's got a beautiful woody texture to it. It's not worse, it's just different - and it's not exactly like Atkin would ever use a wood that isn't top quality.
This is an incredible guitar for those who want the big bright tone, with exceptional overtones and delicate clean intricacies that is perfect for dreadnaught players who want something a little different, or Gibson fans wanting to move on. Or just guitarists who want an incredible guitar.