Andy Mitchell and Atkin Guitars

I’d like to tell you a bit more about my Atkin acoustic guitars:

Several years ago, Alister Atkin dangled a guitar-shaped “cannot refuse” carrot in front of me, in the form of a lovely OM style instrument. Very pale sitka spruce top with faint grain, unusual Burr Walnut back and sides, mahogany neck – different headstock shape to the current ones (been through a couple of changes).

The tone is really sparkly and “piano-like”. It has a very focused mid-range quality – brilliant for flat-picking/finger picking. Very inspiring.

I wrote Like A New Year’s Day on that guitar, and you can hear it on the track.

I’m gonna record a voice and guitar only version of it shortly and post it on my reverbnation site for you to download.

I also have a beautiful Atkin Small Jumbo (cedar top, rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, with the “revision 2″ headstock – similar to a Santa Cruz headstock). I generally have this tuned to a DADGAD type tuning which is 2 semi-tones lower than standard pictch – CGCFGC. I’m testing some Ernie Ball coated strings which I put on last July… still going strong, although I’m not 100% sure I like the recorded tone. That may be plot error on my part though…

Peace, over and out for now
Submitted on 2009/01/30 at 12:43pm


Andy Mitchell – London-based rock singer/songwriter

Hello, my name is Andy Mitchell, London-based rock singer/songwriter.

So this is me talking about myself in the third person… kinda like an out-of-body experience:

Andy Mitchell, the rock singer/songwriter solo artist often swaps hats with his producer alter-ego, whether it is his self-produced material or songwriting/production collaborations with other artists, notably Loretta Heywood (Bomb The Bass – Winter In July), Nick Kershaw, Annabel Lamb, Dave Dix (producer of Black) Boo Hewerdine (Andy introduced Boo to Atkin Guitars who boast a heavyweight roster of singer-songwriters – Elbow, Kate Walsh, Kathryn Williams, Ronan Keeting Nick Harper).

He has also been involved in a number of performance-based events such as the Sense of Sound/Damon Albarn/Brian Eno Greenpeace event performed on the Rainbow Warrior.