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by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Brite Tone Instrument Finish - quantity?
Replies: 9
Views: 5086

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: 5086

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: 9902

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: 4640

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: 2407

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: 3119

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: 3119

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: 2812

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...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Finished My First Guitar
Replies: 4
Views: 2812

Re: Finished My First Guitar

Looks great. Congratulations! Are you planning another? Keep up the good work.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A bit off fun!
Replies: 13
Views: 6021

Re: A bit off fun!

Looks aged all right. Not my thing, for sure, but there are all kinds of tastes in the world, and somewhere, somebody will think this is the coolest thing in the world, and they will love it. That's the only thing that is important.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Les Paul done and dusted!
Replies: 11
Views: 5198

Re: Les Paul done and dusted!

I can't speak for how Martin bent his binding, but I am working on a carved top, set neck guitar, and I used curly maple binding. I saw some videos where people where bending wood by soaking it in ammonia. So, I ran a few tests, and it seemed to work. I should have run some control tests, and soaked...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Les Paul done and dusted!
Replies: 11
Views: 5198

Re: Les Paul done and dusted!

Fantastic job! It looks awesome. Love the top.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: laminated necks
Replies: 9
Views: 7099

Re: laminated necks

Not really much extra work. I made a couple of archtops using Benedetto's book, and his technique of buying flat sawn curly maple 1 inch boards, cutting out three neck profiles, and gluing them together. On a current project, I bought some 2 inch thick curly maple, and had to cut a scarf joint to ma...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tools I wish I never bought
Replies: 25
Views: 17233

Re: Tools I wish I never bought

A long time ago, I started buying Bridge City Tool Company tools. I then joined the Founder's Circle and got on an automatic purchase plan where they sent me every tool they made with my initials and special serial number engraved on the tool. While almost all of these tools are beautiful and very h...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My latest - a cherry parlor
Replies: 35
Views: 19564

Re: My latest - a cherry parlor

Bryan, that is a killer sounding and very beautiful guitar! Congratulations. Have you checked out Robbie O'Brien's French polishing course (he also may have some free videos on his YouTube channel). He uses Royal Lac, and he does a very fast French polish finish, that always looks great - he has to,...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: What is "Advanced Spruce"?
Replies: 2
Views: 3036

Re: What is "Advanced Spruce"?

Sounds like something Google translate might come up with. Maybe they were, as Mario noted, trying to up-market the instrument, and were trying to say that it was a higher or better grade of spruce, and ran it through Google translate, and that it was came out. For fun, my daughter likes to take the...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New 17" archtop
Replies: 15
Views: 9973

Re: New 17" archtop

Beautiful work, love the cherry back!
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: They said it couldn't be done (truss rod tool)
Replies: 14
Views: 8394

Re: They said it couldn't be done (truss rod tool)

Brian. I was confused too. I did a bit of research on StewMac, and realized that this is a low profile two way truss rod. So, it is narrower than a regular Allen head truss rod, where the adjustment nut is the same width as the rod assembly. On these low profile rods, the rod assembly is narrower th...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: glueing bone to madasgar rosewood?
Replies: 5
Views: 4081

Re: glueing bone to madasgar rosewood?

Smith Epoxy is specially formulated for oily woods. I believe it is a bit thinner and will soak into the pores of the wood better to create a better bond with the wood. Of course, as you are already doing, wiping off the surface oils with acetone right before glue up will also help.