‘The Forty Three’ – Relic

The ‘The Forty Three’ – Relic

After working with the Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation to recreate Buddy’s 1943 J-45, we decided to permanently add this exacting replica to our Historic Series range. The Forty Three pays homage to the legendary banner-era J-45, a classic design that has inspired us both as players and guitar makers.

Direct and powerful, but with an easy-playing shorter scale length, it’s easy to see why this guitar has been favoured by so many singer-songwriters over the years. The big-bodied J-45 shape, combined with a Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides, delivers warm mids, solid lows and great definition. It’s a timeless acoustic guitar tone.

It was our aim to replicate not just the sound but the look and feel of the banner J-45s. Our custom aged nitrocellulose finish is designed to capture aura of a guitar that has been played for the last 70 years.

  • Top:Torrified Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides:Mahaogany
  • Neck:Mahaogany
  • Headstock overlay:Ebony
  • Logo:Atkin Decal
  • Truss Rod:Adjustable double action
  • Fretboard:East Indian rosewood
  • Bridge:East Indian rosewood
  • Rosette:Black/White/Black
  • Purfling:Black/White/Black
  • Binding:Grained ivoroid
  • Bracing:Pre-war scalloped bracing
  • Lacquer Finish:Age toned relic gloss nitrocellulose
  • Nut & Saddle:Bone
  • Tuners:Nickel Gotoh
  • Side Dots Fret Markers:White Celluloid
  • Fret Markers:Mother of Pearl
  • Case:Atkin Embosed Hiscox Pro II
  • Body Length:20 1/8"
  • Body Depth:4 7/8"
  • Lower bout width:16"
  • Total Length:41"
  • Scale Length:24 7/8"
  • Nut Width:1 11/16"

Price & Availability

From: £2949

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

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The Forty Three

£2949

Ages J45

The '43' model is one of our most popular guitars

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Who plays the ‘The Forty Three’ – Relic

Albert Lee

Plays an Atkin J45

Dolly Parton

Plays an Atkin J45

Elvis Costello

Plays an Atkin J45

Glenn Tilbrook

Plays an Atkin J45

Press & Reviews

J45 Review

"Atkin Guitars’ take on this classic shape is enlivened by some custom extras..."

Guitar Buyer David Greeves

J45 Review

"Every now and then, what you might call a ‘real acoustic’ falls into your hands, and reminds you of what this wooden box with strings stretched across it is all about. "

Guitarist Magazine Matthew Wig