Spotlight on Luthiers: Stormshadow Guitarworks

Stormshadow Guitarworks is quite a well known custom shop luthiery, based in Sheffield.  Like many of these companies, it’s a one-man band, a luthier called Rich Atkin.  He aims to build custom guitars at a lower price than the big brands, whilst using high quality materials.

He has a number of his own standard body shapes, and regularly make custom finishes including one-off graphics such as those in the pictures below.  He also markets a series of amplifiers under the brand Stormshadow Ampworks although I don’t know whether he does the manufacturing himself.

Here are some links to the Stormshadow website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.  He is currently running a raffle for a rather nice-looking guitar on Facebook, 250 tickets at £10 each, which could be worth a punt!

Here are a few examples of his work:

A prototype with an unusual burst top
A prototype with an unusual burst top
A custom build with a graphic of Bela Lugosi!
A custom build with a graphic of Bela Lugosi!
Another custom top - the Skeleton's Ball!
Another custom top – the Skeleton’s Ball!

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I grew up in England, attending school in Gloucester and then reading Classics at Peterhouse, Cambridge University. After working in London for three years, I moved to Belgium in 1993 where I have lived ever since. I played the piano as a child and also started playing the guitar, but never took it seriously until 2012, thanks to Rocksmith. I've also done a lot of singing, including over 30 amateur shows. Since 2012 I have been avidly accumulating guitar-related information as well as guitars and related gear, and I decided to create this site to share some of my knowledge, experiences and opinions with anybody who might be interested.

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