After leaving the London School of Furniture in 1995 Alister Atkin headed back to Canterbury to start building acoustic guitars full-time. With an invitation from Andy Crockett, Alister moved into his workshop. During the following years Alister worked hard on producing a range of acoustic guitars and searched for players to endorse the Atkin brand. In 1998 whilst visiting Shamus Brady at the Acoustic Centre in Wapping, Alister came across his first Collings guitar. ”At that point I saw a build quality I thought wasn’t possible. I had to go home and rethink the direction I was heading in.” After a period of re-design, research and development, Alister launched a range of six acoustic guitars, influenced by classic vintage styles and incorporating contemporary construction techniques. In 1999 singer songwriter Boo Hewerdine placed an order for a standard OM model while writing with Chrysalis stable mate Andy Mitchell, already an Atkin player. From then on the list of high profile players began to take shape. Throughout this time Atkin Guitars continued to receive top reviews in the music press, including a 5 star buyers’ choice award from Guitarist Magazine and a Guitar Magazine award in 2003. In 2005 the ‘Lakesview’ workshop was purchased, and by late 2006 Atkin Guitars had moved into the new 2000 square foot facility. Now for the first time ever, Atkin Guitars are available in the shops. The range of eight guitars are available in Standard and Deluxe models, offering players a good opportunity to find an instrument that suits them.
Alister’s guitar for the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation is going to: Sharleen Spiteri (“Maybe Baby”)