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by Christ Kacoyannakis
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Glue spreader applicator
Replies: 15
Views: 5594

Re: Glue spreader applicator

I have a glue bottle with a rubber wheel on the end, but don't keep glue in it. If I want to use the rubber wheel to spread glue, I just squeeze the glue out from the original bottle, and use the wheel to spread it out. It needs to get cleaned after each use, or it will get all clogged up, so not gr...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: KTM-9 - compatible waterbased substitute?
Replies: 11
Views: 641

Re: KTM-9 - compatible waterbased substitute?

What's the shelf life of something like KTM9 or Emtech 6000? I have cans of each that are several years old. If they are no good for instruments now, I will just use them for sealing molds or something. Don't want to get involved with having to strip uncured finish of a guitar I put a lot of time in...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Source and Band Saw Blade recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 995

Re: Source and Band Saw Blade recommendations

I bought a Lenox carbide tooth blade after I had a problem with my old blade. I spoke to a guy who resaws wood for a living, and he told me about the Lenox carbide. Yes, it was expensive, but the cut is as smooth as glass, and it will last a very long time.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Completed walnut topped electric
Replies: 5
Views: 1149

Re: Completed walnut topped electric

Thanks David. Yes, there are a lot of little details. The dark walnut and the gloss finish makes it very difficult to photograph. The pictures don't do this guitar justice. Oddly, people just love the blue one I finished a week or two before this one. I think they like the color and the curly maple....
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: What makes a pickup hot?
Replies: 7
Views: 1339

Re: What makes a pickup hot?

Thanks everyone for your responses. Clearly another area in which I have a lot to learn. It's bad enough we really don't know how a guitar works, and what the magic formula is to produce great "tone," however we may define that, but now I have to be puzzled about pickups and electronics (and I haven...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Completed walnut topped electric
Replies: 5
Views: 1149

Re: Completed walnut topped electric

I like the way they sound. This is my first electric, so I don't really have anything to compare them to. Barlow Guitars from Long Island, uses them, and he says all his customers, from jazz players to metal heads really like them. Ezy is great to work with. They answer all your questions, and help ...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: What makes a pickup hot?
Replies: 7
Views: 1339

What makes a pickup hot?

So, I see lots of pickups that say they are hot, or high output or great for metal, or whatever. Some have lower impedence (ohms) and some have higher. What is it that makes a pickup hotter? I am assuming what they mean is that the pickup is more sensitive to the movement of the strings, and puts ou...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Buying parts in advance
Replies: 3
Views: 477

Re: Buying parts in advance

Bob, that seems to be the way to go - a "best practices" approach. I have heard from several luthiers that StewMac and LMII totally stand behind their stuff, which is fantastic. I usually don't just buy stuff on a whim, but because I know I will need it and use it for a project I have in mind. In th...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Buying parts in advance
Replies: 3
Views: 477

Buying parts in advance

Looking for advice on what you folks do about buying parts and supplies in advance. I often see parts (tuning machines, bridges, stop tails, etc.) that I see at a good sale price, and just hang onto them for future projects. So, what happens if a year or two or more, you go to use that part, and you...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Completed walnut topped electric
Replies: 5
Views: 1149

Completed walnut topped electric

Top: Hand carved exhibition grade figured Claro walnut Body: Chambered African ribbon stripe mahogany with gold mother of purl purfling and curly maple binding Neck: Master grade curly western big leaf maple, with two carbon fiber reinforcement bars, and two-way truss rod Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewo...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Electric bouzouki
Replies: 13
Views: 1038

Re: Electric bouzouki

I would love to see that too. Do you remember his name, or location? The Greek bouzouki community is pretty tight.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First Electric Guitar
Replies: 8
Views: 979

Re: First Electric Guitar

I know exactly what you mean Mark. When I finish an instrument, I just shake my head, and think, how can anybody expect to make a living doing this? It takes so much time, and things don't always go as planned, and the cost of materials is high. You start to understand why companies do what they do....
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First Electric Guitar
Replies: 8
Views: 979

Re: First Electric Guitar

You are right about the time and effort. I just do this as a hobby, so it might be a few hours after work during the week, but most of the work is done Saturday, Sunday and any days off I might have. I started these in November 2017!
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: First Electric Guitar
Replies: 8
Views: 979

First Electric Guitar

Just finished my first electric guitar over the weekend. It is a lefty that I built for my brother. Curly maple top, gloss black finished mahogany back, curly maple neck, ebony fretboard. Quite the learning experience. I chambered the body to keep the weight down (9 lbs complete). https://i.imgur.co...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lacquer available in canada
Replies: 10
Views: 1413

Re: Lacquer available in canada

I'll add a plus one for Brite Tone. I have used KTM-9, and EM6000 in the past, with great results, but they do have that bluish tinge. I sprayed the Brite Tone right in my basement shop with an HVLP conversion gun (the Iwata LPH-80 - fantastic gun) and a small pancake compressor. I had a small fan b...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Electric bouzouki
Replies: 13
Views: 1038

Re: Electric bouzouki

I used a two way truss rod from Mark Blanchard. It is similar to the Allied Lutherie two-way truss rod with Allen head adjuster. To be honest, I have had Allen head adjusters strip out, and the only solution is to remove the fretboard and replace it. Although I did give the owner a ball-head wrench....
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Electric bouzouki
Replies: 13
Views: 1038

Re: Electric bouzouki

The pickup is pretty hot, being active, so it should be loud enough. I don't really use an amp for playing, and I just have a little Roland Cube I bought to mess around with. It sound good out of that, but somebody who plays professionally will get a much better sound of it with the right settings a...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Electric bouzouki
Replies: 13
Views: 1038

Re: Electric bouzouki

I am working on that right now. Sorry about that.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Electric bouzouki
Replies: 13
Views: 1038

Electric bouzouki

Just finished this electric bouzouki. Master grade curly maple carved top, mahogany body (weight relieved), ABS plastic back support covered with master grade curly maple veneer (this places the instrument in the same position as an acoustic bouzouki), master grade curly maple neck with truss rod an...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Build #2 completed!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1026

Re: Build #2 completed!!

Stunning! Fantastic job. I am almost done with the two I am building. I can attest that this is a huge amount of work. I was able to spray the Brite Tone. Hope mine come out half as nice as yours. Congratulation.