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Athan Spathas is an innovator of many mediums. He’s been playing guitar since 6th grade, was in the Future Music Oregon program at U of Oregon, and dabbled in many forms of digital instrumentation. After being exposed to the Kite Guitar, he immediately wanted to dive deeper into microtonality. He became a luthier (a woodworker who works on the lute family of instruments, including guitars) just to help get more Kite Guitars out into the world.

He develops and supports Free/Libre/Open (FLO) Source Techology wherever possible; teaching workshops, doing consultation and interface design. He taught himself programming and developed the Glass Beatstation, another FLO project which is a loopstation, sequencer, and sampler than runs on a portable $35 computer (compared with $500 loopstations that cant be easily battery powered and doesn’t have wireless capability). He has also learned how to operate CNC machinery in order to be able to produce fretboards and other necessary guitar parts. His instagram handle is @alignwaivers

Here are some of the guitars he has converted:
In his pursuance of lutherie, he has been able to consult on the phone with a number of luthiers, but mostly learned from youtube. But given how hands on lutherie is, it has been a slow process.
Converting a kite guitar is s a ton of work requiring
– a removal of the previous fretboard:
– precisely milling and CNCing (computer cutting) of a new fretboard
– aligning the new fretboard perfectly (if it is off slightly, it will be out of tune)
– putting in, leveling, crowning, all the frets, making sure the neck is straight, removing any buzz, etc

– for reference a standard fretjob (replacing all of the frets) costs 200-400$, and that doesn’t include fretboard removal or CNCing a new fretboard.

Here is Richie Greene playing a composition on his newly converted (by Athan) 7 string guitar

Here is Athan playing a short riff on a guitar he converted