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The arch top guitars of Ted Megas are acknowledged as among the finest made today.  The Athena is the top-of-the-line archtop model, followed by the Spartan and the Apollo. On the names of his models Ted says, “Obviously they are a reference to my own ethnic heritage and my last name, which is Greek. Actually, my father was Greek and my mother Italian, so I like to think I embody the two ethnic backgrounds that have been most influential in arch top guitar making.  Of course there are the Italians, D’Angelico and D’Aquisto, but there was also Epi Stathopoulos, whose Epiphone archtops in the 30’s and 40’s functioned as highly utilitarian instruments for musicians.”  Ted was one of only twenty-one luthiers who was commissioned to built an archtop for Scott Chinery's "Blue Guitar" Collection.  Megas, along with the other 20 luthiers, specializes in building modern archtop guitars.  Though he takes his visual cues from vintage Gibson and D'Angelico, he voices his guitars with a more versatile, open sound.  Originally a furniture maker, Megas has been building guitars for over 20 years.  He is known for the superlative-quality tonewoods he selects for his guitars as well as his fanatical attention to detail, fit and finish, and build quality.  Ted's dedication to crafting the very best archtops leaves him only enough time to make 10 to 12 guitars per year.

MEGAS ATHENA (September 1999)

Body:  Hollow; solid 2-piece spruce top, solid 2-piece flame maple back and sides; triple bound top and double bound back

Finish:  Amber, nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck:  2-piece flame maple, set-in; double bound ebony headstock overlay with abalone and mother-of-pearl logo and inlay

Fingerboard:  Ebony, double bound; mother-of-pearl split block markers

Number of Frets:  21

Pickguard:  Ebony

Bridge:  Ebony on ebony base; brass tailpiece with ebony overlay

Nut:  Mother-of-pearl

Tuners:  Schaller with ebony buttons, sealed, gold

Pickups:  One, Kent Armstrong floating humbucker

Controls:  Master volume, master tone

Scale Length:  25 1/2 inches

Neck Width at Nut:  1 3/4 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout:  17 inches

Body Depth:  3 3/8 inches

Weight:  n/a

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