The Forty-Three

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. 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 range.

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.

At Atkin, we pride ourselves on our finishes. Alister details, sprays and polishes every guitar by hand with our own nitrocellulose blend, soon to be available through Rothko and Frost.

The Forty-Three is available in two finish options:

Relic: Featuring a cracked finish top, light staining and ageing on the binding, and a vintage patina, Alister’s relic finishes are totally unique in the acoustic guitar world – warm to the touch and still responsive.  Model: J43-R

Gloss: Our flat high-gloss nitro finish creates a beautiful flat shine that lets the character of the wood and sunburst through.  Just like a new “out of the box” pre-war guitar. Model: J43

  • Top:Torrified Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides:Mahogany
  • Neck:Mahogany
  • Headstock overlay:Ebony
  • Logo:Atkin & Banner Decal
  • Truss Rod:Two-Way (Soundhole Adjust)
  • Fretboard:East Indian Rosewood
  • Bridge:East Indian Rosewood
  • Rosette:Black/White/Black
  • Binding:Grained Ivoroid
  • Bracing:Pre-war scalloped bracing
  • Lacquer finish:High gloss nitrocellulose
  • Nut & Saddle:Bone
  • Tuners:Nickel Kluson
  • Side dot fingerboard markers:White Celluloid
  • Fret Markers:MOP
  • Case:Atkin Oxblood
  • Body Length:20 1/8"
  • Body Depth:4 7/8"
  • Lower bout width:16"
  • Total Length:41"
  • Scale Length:24 7/8"
  • Fingerboard Radius:16 inch
  • Nut Width:1 11/16"

Price & Availability

From: £2749

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

The Forty Three

Who plays the Forty-Three

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