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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: 6985

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: 8376

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: 6190

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: 10993

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: 10465

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: 5393

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: 19
Views: 12534

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: 5478

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: 8464

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: 9287

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: 12025

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: 6965

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...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Brite Tone Instrument Finish - quantity?
Replies: 9
Views: 6965

Re: Brite Tone Instrument Finish - quantity?

Actually, I just looked at their site, and the starter kits is pints, not quarts. I probably need more to do three instruments. I emailed them to ask what they estimate the coverage of a pint is.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Brite Tone Instrument Finish - quantity?
Replies: 9
Views: 6965

Re: Brite Tone Instrument Finish - quantity?

I bought the one quart kit, that comes with a quart of sealer, quart of finish and grain filler. What are your best guesses on what that will finish. I was planning on using that to finish three electrics. Is that not enough?
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Retail CA - which is best?
Replies: 27
Views: 14843

Re: Retail CA - which is best?

So, I was looking for the brand I used to buy, and found this article https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-best-brand-of-super-glue , which says, basically, it is all the same, and probably made by the same company, Permabond, and privately labeled. Wow, the Permabond brand is outrageously expensive, t...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Dust Collectors
Replies: 8
Views: 6680

Re: Dust Collectors

The main grounding wire from the water main to the ground rod in my yard runs right by my Oneida cyclone dust collector. When I was putting it in, I just screwed a ground wire to the aluminum tubing and attached it to the ground wire. I have not had any sparking issues.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Shielding guitar pickup cavities
Replies: 3
Views: 3607

Shielding guitar pickup cavities

If I am making a guitar with a set neck with two humbucker pickups, does it make any sense to shield the pickup cavities and control cavity with copper tape? I have never seen similar guitars made by corporations shielded, but that doesn't mean it would be a bad idea. But, I don't know if it would b...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 24 fret electric
Replies: 6
Views: 4728

Re: 24 fret electric

Thanks folks. You are right. I totally forgot about the fact that all those nodes will change, once you start fretting strings. So, if the scales are the same, is the only advantage the added two fret range? It seems to me that on every fretted instrument I have ever played, that those last couple o...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 24 fret electric
Replies: 6
Views: 4728

24 fret electric

I have read some articles lately about the 24 fret guitar, and that it places the neck pickup in a better position, related to the nodes of the strings, to produce a better sound. I don't really have any experience with 24 frets, and would like to know some more about how they are built. On the Les ...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Finished My First Guitar
Replies: 4
Views: 4188

Re: Finished My First Guitar

I know it is very difficult to accept mistakes (and I am guilty of this myself), but really, this is how you grow and improve in anything. Seeing the mistakes, and being able to look at your own work with a critical eye will help you improve much more than if you look at your instrument and always t...