Atkin The Fifty-Two and The Fifty-Four review

A new range of electric guitars from a builder of renowned British acoustics? Indeed… but if anyone can cross the hollow-to-solidbody divide it’s Alister Atkin

Atkin The Fifty-Four
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Sustainable tonewoods and the enduring principles of great guitar design make the Atkins transition from acoustic to electric a thrilling prospect for the vintage-minded player.


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    Great aged finish.

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    Ultra-light weight.

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    Authentic tones and feel.


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    Some players might not be ready to pay £3k without Fender on the headstock.

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Anyone who has played one of Atkin Guitars’ reinventions of pre-war-style acoustics may be surprised to discover that the Kent, UK-based company has decided to set its sights on instruments of a different nature as well as from a different era. 

It doesn’t take a genius to see where Atkin drew his influences from for this pair of solidbody, bolt-on neck, single-coil electrics. But rather than slavishly ape Leo Fender’s first two six-string milestones, Atkin has brought his own guitar-building knowledge and love of playing electrics to the table here. 

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Neville Marten

In the late '70s and early '80s Neville worked for Selmer/Norlin as one of Gibson's UK guitar repairers, before joining CBS/Fender in the same role. He then moved to the fledgling Guitarist magazine as staff writer, rising to editor in 1986. He remained editor for 14 years before launching and editing Guitar Techniques magazine. Although now semi-retired he still works for both magazines. Neville has been a member of Marty Wilde's 'Wildcats' since 1983, and recorded his own album, The Blues Headlines, in 2019.