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by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Electric bouzouki
Replies: 13
Views: 4938

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: 4938

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: 4938

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: 3619

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.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: An impromptu binding steamer
Replies: 4
Views: 1940

Re: An impromptu binding steamer

Great idea Bob. I have one of the those steamers. I'll give it a try. Thanks!
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Finishing support
Replies: 7
Views: 2264

Re: Finishing support

That top looks great. It will be awesome. So, is it a flattop veneered, or a carved top veneered. I have seen both done.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Finishing support
Replies: 7
Views: 2264

Re: Finishing support

Steve, that is stunning. I didn't notice it before, but looking at the pictures more carefully now, I see some very cool stuff on this guitar, like using different colored woods for the headstock and heel. So the neck is sapele too. Is there a light sapele, or is this heartwood? The jig looks great ...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Finishing support
Replies: 7
Views: 2264

Re: Finishing support

That is a great idea! By the way, beautiful top wood, what is that? I just sprayed the finish on a walnut set neck like that, and I can tell you, finding a way to hold it with one hand while spraying with the other is a workout!
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Finally - Build Number 2 - Violette DC 254
Replies: 9
Views: 4805

Re: Finally - Build Number 2 - Violette DC 254

That looks crazy nice. Are those Sperzel tuners? What did you use to put the serial number on the back of the headstock?

Really nice guitar. Just beautiful.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: cutaway at neck body join
Replies: 12
Views: 5369

Re: cutaway at neck body join

The comment about the 90 degree angle didn't really sound like something Bob Benedetto would make, because he is very sensitive to what players feel, and how the player interacts with the instrument, and I think that change in angle (although blended with the neck extension) would be noticeable. How...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: The shiniest finish for classical guitar back/sides
Replies: 11
Views: 4306

Re: The shiniest finish for classical guitar back/sides

Clay, I totally agree. The tendency, at least for me, is to get all the building done, and then be really excited to get the finish done, and put the strings on. I have to really force myself to slow down, do the extra day of sanding, the three pore filling treatments, and then the sanding sealer, a...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: "Vegematic" Buttons
Replies: 13
Views: 5683

Re: "Vegematic" Buttons

Not familar with these at all, but they look like rocker switches to me. https://www.mouser.com/Search/Refine?N= ... ker+switch

Or am I totally off my rocker (sorry I had to go there)?
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Makers Knife
Replies: 10
Views: 8199

Re: Makers Knife

Ron Hock, Hock blades, make a great product. They sell some instrument making and marking blades, which you can use as they are, or attach a handle to. Great steel, great company, and made in the USA.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: WIDE ABALONE BINDING, when viewed from top
Replies: 9
Views: 3506

Re: WIDE ABALONE BINDING, when viewed from top

I know I bought some a number of years ago, but I wouldn't even hazard a guess as to where I bought it. I just Googled "celluloid abalone binding" and got a bunch of hits. I can't vouch for any of the sellers, so you will just have to take a chance. Usually, when I need something like this I check A...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: finishing a electric guitar
Replies: 16
Views: 4770

Re: finishing a electric guitar

I am working on an electric solid body right now, and am just about at the finish stages (need a little more time with sandpaper). It is a carved top, curly maple guitar. I have dyed the maple black, and sanded back twice. Then I dyed it blue and sanded that back several times, with different shades...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Method for carving a smooth recurve?
Replies: 9
Views: 3529

Re: Method for carving a smooth recurve?

I have quite a bit of the Mirka discs, but I always reach for the Abranet now, as it tends to leave less swirl marks than the paper.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bending Wood Bindings
Replies: 10
Views: 5693

Re: Bending Wood Bindings

I tried soaking some curly maple in a long PVC tube of ammonia, and it worked, although it did slightly change the color of the wood. It was still a bit hard to bend around a tight horn of a cutaway, so what I did was hold the body and the binding against my bending iron, and slowly rolled it around...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Rasps on sale @ StewMac
Replies: 17
Views: 5718

Re: Rasps on sale @ StewMac

I have the Dragon, and some Ariou. I have never done a side by side comparison, but I always seem to reach for that Dragon. It does, however, tear the heck out of my thumb holding the tip (I have one of those wooden knobs from Lee Valley, but it comes loose a lot, and always seems to be in the way)....
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Thicknessing back and sides with a jointer
Replies: 17
Views: 8434

Re: Thicknessing back and sides with a jointer

Do you have drill press? If so, StewMac sells a version of the old Wagner Safety-Planer. Pretty effective at thicknessing sides, backs and tops, and around $50 (or less).
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Brite Tone Instrument Finish - quantity?
Replies: 9
Views: 5090

Re: Brite Tone Instrument Finish - quantity?

I contacted Crystal Lac on Facebook, and they responded very quickly. They said that with 2 to 3 coats of sanding sealer, then 2 coats of pore filler, and 5 coats of Brite Tone finish, the pint starter kit will do two guitars, and maybe a bit more. So, since I am working on 3 instruments, I am going...