The L-1

Inspired by the original Gibson guitar of the 1920s and 30s most famously associated with Robert Johnson, the Atkin L-1 combines the unique character of this special instrument with updated playability and build quality. Following the original body shape closely, a 12th fret neck joint means that the guitar’s vintage-style rectangular bridge sits right in the middle of the rounded lower bout, really driving the soundboard for a rich, powerful tone.

There’s all the bark and bite that blues players love, but a whole range of other shades too that will please traditional players in every genre. A modified X-braced pattern provides the response and sustain that modern players expect, while the bound mahogany neck – available in both 43mm and 45mm nut widths – provides the kind of playability that bluesmen of the 1930s could only dream of.

The Atkin L-1 is also available as the L-1 Bouzouki, a traditional four-course bouzouki. The first ever L-1 Bouzouki was built at the request of Atkin player and award-winning multi-instrumentalist Jim Moray.

  • Top:Torrified Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides:Mahaogany
  • Neck:Mahaogany
  • Headstock overlay:Ebony
  • Logo:Atkin Decal
  • Truss Rod:Adjustable double action
  • Rosette:Grained ivoroid
  • Fretboard:East Indian Rosewood
  • Bridge:East Indian Rosewood
  • Binding:Grained ivoroid
  • Fretboard Binding:Grained ivoroid
  • Bracing:Pre-war scalloped X bracing
  • Lacquer finish:High gloss nitrocellulose
  • Nut & Saddle:Bone
  • Tuners:Nickel Klusson
  • Side dot fingerboard markers:Black Celluloid
  • Fret Markers::Mother of Pearl
  • Case:Atkin Embosed Hiscox Pro II
  • Nut Width:45mm

Price & Availability

From: £2599

All of our guitars are made to order, however sometimes we hold surplus stock. Please give us a call or fill out the form opposite to enquire about current price and availability of this model.

Tel: +44 (0)1227 719933

Mob: +44 (0)7824 376409

L-1 Playlist