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by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fretboard inlay advice
Replies: 57
Views: 30604

Re: Fretboard inlay advice

This thread has sort of gone from inlay to radiusing, but no worries. Years ago, I built a cradle that held the fretboard in place and had radiused guides that you attached to a holder that carried the router and then you ran the holder up and down the cradle moving it from side to side. It is big a...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fretboard inlay advice
Replies: 57
Views: 30604

Re: Fretboard inlay advice

If you can't find what you need at DePaul Supply, he can also make it for you, for a small fee. I have sent them drawings, and they digitize them, and turn them into inlays. Very good work, for a reasonable price. They are very good to deal with.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Just completed - purpleheart and maple
Replies: 11
Views: 8577

Re: Just completed - purpleheart and maple

Beautiful work. Would love to hear a sound sample.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: how to wire a guitar with two humbuckers and one single coil with the EMG system
Replies: 4
Views: 3698

Re: how to wire a guitar with two humbuckers and one single coil with the EMG system

I have no idea how to do this, but I do know the EMG has fantastic customer service. I purchased a pickup and headphone amp from them, and I called them to ask how to wire it up, and somebody in customer service drew out a diagram and emailed it to me. You might start there, as they probably know th...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: P 90 cavity depth needed
Replies: 3
Views: 3294

Re: P 90 cavity depth needed

I've got the Bartlett Guitars plans for the '59. I just did the route for the cavities last weekend. Came out great. The problem is that I am out of town right now and can't tell you exactly what the plans say. I will be home Thursday, and can let you know then. If memory serves me, the bridge was 3...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Truss rod when planing fretboard and dressing frets.
Replies: 5
Views: 4786

Re: Truss rod when planing fretboard and dressing frets.

As well as using silicone caulk, as Bob does, I always install the two way truss rod a bit below the top face of the neck, and glue a spline to the top. I use any scrap of wood lying around, but it is usually mahogany. When you glue it in, you put a spring clamp at each end and one in the middle, wh...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: SATA MiniJet 4
Replies: 2
Views: 6316

Re: SATA MiniJet 4

Jim, I know this post is pretty old, but did you ever sell the SATA minijet?
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Wet-sanding question
Replies: 11
Views: 7050

Re: Wet-sanding question

Brian, I am a bit confused by your last post. You said that your research indicated that the Brite Tone chemically bonds itself to previous coats, but EM6000 does not. However, you then noted that one of the touted benefits of EM6000 is that subsequent coats will burn-in, or chemically bond with pre...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: What's the best gram strength hide glue to use for a set neck?
Replies: 3
Views: 4126

Re: What's the best gram strength hide glue to use for a set neck?

A lot of really good builders who use hide glue just use 192 gram strength for everything. The 192 will make a bond that is stronger than the wood, so that is all you would really need. However, some also use the glue in the range of 200 or the 315 for gluing bridges to acoustic guitars, and that sh...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: How to pop the grain on walnut
Replies: 16
Views: 7798

Re: How to pop the grain on walnut

Thanks for all the tips. I have got a bunch of scraps so I will do some tests and see what I like best.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: How to pop the grain on walnut
Replies: 16
Views: 7798

Re: How to pop the grain on walnut

I am strictly water based finished in my shop. I will be using an Aqua Coat grain filler, and am trying a new water based lacquer, Brite-Tone. The Aqua Coat is supposed to help pop the grain. I'll do a bunch of samples to see what looks best.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Burst and French Polish?
Replies: 17
Views: 10789

Re: Burst and French Polish?

Tom Bills talked about this in one of his recently monthly webinars for The Luthier's Edge. Tom switched to French polish many years ago. He said he can get a sort of very subtle burst effect by using a darker shellac in the French polish bodying process over several coats, all around the edge. Howe...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: How to pop the grain on walnut
Replies: 16
Views: 7798

How to pop the grain on walnut

I am working on my first electric build, a carved top, set neck guitar. The top is curly crotch walnut, and is a fantastic piece of wood. I know on curly maple, you can use some dark brown or black dye on the raw wood, and then sand it back to accentuate the curly grain. My understanding of how this...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Guitar
Replies: 27
Views: 14515

Re: New Guitar

Nice work. Beautiful guitar.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Does choice of tuning heads affect the sound of an instrument?
Replies: 14
Views: 9317

Re: Does choice of tuning heads affect the sound of an instrument?

I don't know how much of PRS' claims are true or not. I have seen a lot of his videos, and some make sense (gluing on the nut, making sure the neck joint is nice ant tight) but other things make me wonder. When people claim to have secrets that they don't reveal, I get suspicious. For example, the m...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Does choice of tuning heads affect the sound of an instrument?
Replies: 14
Views: 9317

Re: Does choice of tuning heads affect the sound of an instrument?

Paul Reed Smith thinks the tuning machines do have an affect on the tone. He thinks that a lot of the new tuning machines have a lot of plastic in them, which sucks tone. The PRS tuning machines supposedly don't have that much plastic in them, and he thinks that improves tone.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun May 27, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Can a 3 turbine HVLP gun spray clear without OP?
Replies: 16
Views: 7268

Re: Can a 3 turbine HVLP gun spray clear without OP?

I have sprayed with a HVLP turbine gun and gotten a decent finish. My problem is that I just don't have room for a dedicated spray booth, and it takes a lot of time to tarp off an area in my garage, and then it is not heated or cooled or protected from dust. I sort of have decided to switch to Frenc...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun May 27, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Sanding flat and level
Replies: 3
Views: 3100

Re: Sanding flat and level

Always use a sanding block. This alone will eliminate most high and low spots. After that, use a raking light to check and double check. Sometimes a bit of mineral spirits or a sealer coat will bring out some imperfections and then you can try to finesse the leveling by taking down the area around t...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun May 27, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: When to bind the body?
Replies: 7
Views: 4266

Re: When to bind the body?

Well now I feel a lot better. I was kicking myself for not drilling that output jack hole before I routed the pickup cavities, but I forgot all about the binding router bit. Now I am glad I forgot.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon May 21, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck build Q's - frets and binding, and fish glue
Replies: 16
Views: 7543

Re: Neck build Q's - frets and binding, and fish glue

I think using fish glue would be similar to using HHG. Some builders prefer to use epoxy to glue on the fretboard, to avoid introducing water (which is in both fish glue and HHG) onto the fretboard and neck. Now, as far as the fret ends, my feeling (and this is only my opinion) is that Gibson's meth...