Hand-crafted in Canterbury, Kent by Alister Atkin and his small team of talented luthiers, this beautiful Custom Essential OM features a torrefied Sitka spruce top with an enlarged soundhole and a mahogany body.
The Essential OM offers 100% Atkin tone – stripped down to the bare essentials! Each Essential OM sports a North American Sitka spruce top and braced with pre-war scalloped bracing, all of which is baked in house. Mahogany back and sides are complimented by a lightweight mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard.
The OM, or “Orchestra Model” combines a full scale length with a slightly scaled down body – it is narrower and shallower than a “D” style guitar like our White Rice or Essential D. The challenge for all OM builders is to allow for a rich, commanding bass in spite of the smaller, more ergonomic body, and our hand-scalloped bracing and torrified select Sitka top allows us to make this a reality.
This isn’t a slavish vintage copy though: We’ve departed in several ways from the classic pre-war style: A larger top dome, our lifetime-guaranteed neck/body joint, and a two-way truss rod are among the changes, so this isn’t a historical reproduction, but a modern British-made guitar with heaps of mojo!
- TOP: Torrefied Sitka Spruce
- BACK & SIDES: Mahogany
- NECK: Mahogany
- HEADSTOCK OVERLAY: Rosewood
- LOGO: Atkin Decal
- TRUSS ROD: Dual Action
- FRETBOARD: Rosewood
- BRIDGE: Rosewood
- ROSETTE: Black/White/Black
- BRACING: Pre-war scalloped bracing
- LACQUER FINISH: Aged Nitrocellulose - Sunburst
- NUT: 1 3/4" Bone
- SCALE: 25.4"
- TUNERS:Nickel Gotoh
- FRET MARKERS: Mother of Pearl
- CASE: Atkin Hardshell