Atkin L-36 Custom Adirondack spruce and bird's eye maple Acoustic Guitar



  • Torrified adirondack spruce top
  • Birds eye maple back and sides
  • Celluloid pickguard
  • C shaped mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard

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£ 3,750.00

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What We Say

This beautiful thing is a custom order version of Alister's popular L-36 model based on the Gibson that we specced after playing an original 1930s Gibson Nick Lucas made from adirondack spruce and birdseye maple back and sides. Alister's version copies many of the features of the Nick Lucas and, although expensive at £3750, it's a positive bargain compared to the $35,000 the Nick Lucas we played was valued at! 

It's a very strident sounding guitar, trading the sweetness of the mahogany version for a bell-like ring and enormous presence - this is a phenomenally big sounding guitar particularly given its size, and can handle bluesy ragtime and virous strumming with equal applomb. It's one of the best sounding acoustics we've had in the shop, and twe don't say that lightly.

What they say (Standard sitka / mahogany model)

The Thirty Six

Style: L | Series: Slope Shoulder

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 ‘Thirty Six’ takes inspiration from those very guitars right at the time they became a pivotal part of American Folk and Blues music.

Carefully selected Baked 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.


Top Torrified Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Headstock Overlay Walnut
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
Pickguard Hand Bevelled Tortoiseshell Celluloid
Lacquer Finish Light Relic Thin Nitrocellulose
Nut & Saddle Bone
Tuners Nickel Kluson
Fret Markers MOP
Case Atkin Oxblood


Body Length 19"
Body Depth 4 3/8"
Lower Bout Width 14 3/4"
Total Length 29"
Scale Length 24 7/8"
Fingerboard Radius 16"
Nut Width 1 11/16"

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