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by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: What makes a pickup hot?
Replies: 7
Views: 9106

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: 5694

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: 9106

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: 5537

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: 5537

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: 5694

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: 8339

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: 6519

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: 6519

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: 6519

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: 16
Views: 10582

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: 8339

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: 8339

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: 8339

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: 8339

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: 5776

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: 3145

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: 3658

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: 3658

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: 3658

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!