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by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tools I wish I never bought
Replies: 27
Views: 21233

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: 22562

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: 3513

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: 11301

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: 9312

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: 4675

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.
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: 34948

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: 34948

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: 9300

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: 4181

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: 3915

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: 5387

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: 6904

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: 8085

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: 4677

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: 9085

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: 9085

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: 12254

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: 9085

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...