‘The Forty Three’

The ‘The Forty Three’

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.

Also available in a non-relic high gloss nitrocellulose finish.

  • Top:Torrified Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides:Mahaogany
  • Neck:Mahaogany
  • Headstock overlay:Ebony
  • Logo:Atkin & Banner Decal
  • Truss Rod:Adjustable double action
  • 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 Klusson
  • Side dot fingerboard 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: £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 ‘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