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by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon May 14, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Grain-matched control cavity covers
Replies: 20
Views: 12795

Re: Grain-matched control cavity covers

When I bought my mahogany body blanks, I asked the seller to sell me slightly thicker blanks, and then he cut a slice off the back. Since this is pretty straight grained mahogany, the grain on the thin slice should match pretty well. I think you technique should work well too. By the time you put fi...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon May 14, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Using veneer or drop top wood to cap a carve top
Replies: 8
Views: 4580

Re: Using veneer or drop top wood to cap a carve top

Thanks for that information. My question really was two questions. 1. Could you use a drop top on an already carved body (so you would get an extra thick body, carve the appropriate shape into the body and then laminate it with a drop top)? 2. If one would not work, because the drop top was too thic...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Wed May 09, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Using veneer or drop top wood to cap a carve top
Replies: 8
Views: 4580

Re: Using veneer or drop top wood to cap a carve top

Thanks, Eric. I also found some other videos on YouTube, where they show the process. I now see what you mean about the center seam.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Wed May 09, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Archtop
Replies: 22
Views: 13235

Re: New Archtop

Beautiful work! Lots of nice details. About your tailpiece, do you find that providing more afterlength for the high strings makes them feel looser? Normally the low side of the tailpiece is shorter, to give more afterlength to those strings. In my mind, if the whole afterlength principal works, you...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun May 06, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Using veneer or drop top wood to cap a carve top
Replies: 8
Views: 4580

Re: Using veneer or drop top wood to cap a carve top

Eric, I took a look at that video. Very cool. Can you please give me some more detailed information. How thick was the piece you glued on? Was it an actual veneer or something thicker? How thick? Also you mentioned a frame around the body. Was that just so that the top would not get bent over the bo...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat May 05, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Using veneer or drop top wood to cap a carve top
Replies: 8
Views: 4580

Using veneer or drop top wood to cap a carve top

I have noticed that the availability of wood for drop tops is much greater (and a lot less expensive) than wood for carve top electric guitars. I am wondering if it would be possible to carve the top of a body blank like a regular carve top (Les Paul type, for example) and then use a drop top cap or...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Vacuum press for chambered body glue-up?
Replies: 12
Views: 6218

Re: Vacuum press for chambered body glue-up?

I recently purchased a vacuum press setup to glue the top caps on carved top solid body electrics. I have not used it yet, but will in the next week or two. I did a bunch of research and talked to several vendors, and luthiers who use vacuum setups. My take on it was that the vacuum pressure will be...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: fretboard dots
Replies: 7
Views: 4244

Re: fretboard dots

Greek bouzoukis have the dot on the 10th fret. The Greek bouzouki is tuned CFAD (low - high) so the 10th fret is C.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Darkmoon pickups
Replies: 2
Views: 3549

Re: Darkmoon pickups

I decided to go with the Lace Hemi pickups rather than the Darkmoon Overkills. Lace has a lot of great reviews and from what I heard and read, I liked the sound.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Building a bowlback mandolin
Replies: 9
Views: 6600

Re: Building a bowlback mandolin

I have built several Greek bouzoukis, which are basically a bowl back mandolin with a longer neck. I built my first one in 1980, with the help of a local lute maker. There are a few things you need to adjust. On a lute, the bowl is basically a semicircle in cross section. On a mandolin, the bowl is ...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Darkmoon pickups
Replies: 2
Views: 3549

Darkmoon pickups

Anybody ever use Darkmoon pickups. They make several humbucker versions which I am considering for a set neck electric guitar build. I am looking at the Aurora from their Vintage series and the Overkill from their Dark Arts series.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: LP Chambering
Replies: 2
Views: 2923

Re: LP Chambering

I am working on two set neck electrics right now. They are not chambered, but they are weight relieved. I came up with my own weight relief routing pattern, cut it out of 1/2 inch MDF, and used it to route cavities in the body.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Les Paul ABR bridge installation question
Replies: 6
Views: 5145

Re: Les Paul ABR bridge installation question

Freeman, I have these Faber Tonelok's in god l https://www.faberusa.com/product-category/faber-bridge-studs/for-nashville-conversions/faber-bswkit/ . I am building this guitar from scratch, and it is for me. It is not a Gibson or a Les Paul copy, so I don't have to worry about being accurate. I have...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Les Paul ABR bridge installation question
Replies: 6
Views: 5145

Re: Les Paul ABR bridge installation question

David, these are the posts from the bridge. The original Les Paul's had these really thin posts that had threads on them. You screwed them into the top, and then put on the big wheel that held up the bridge. Then the Nashville style bridge came along with the threaded stud plug you pressed into the ...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Les Paul ABR bridge installation question
Replies: 6
Views: 5145

Les Paul ABR bridge installation question

I am working on a Les Paul style build. I am using ABR style bridge studs (although much beefier ones to prevent them bending). After drilling the hole, is the ABR stud just twisted into the hole self threading itself, or do builders thread the hole first? I am a ways off from this step, but just pl...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Headstock veneer material - black
Replies: 5
Views: 4745

Re: Headstock veneer material - black

You can just buy a "black" veneer, which is some plain wood dyed black, or you can get the black fiber veneer. Many companies use the black fiber in lieu of ebony, because it is jet black, cheaper and does not use valuable and scarce ebony for the look of jet black-no grain veneer.
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Super Glue joint repair
Replies: 9
Views: 7339

Re: Super Glue joint repair

Tom Bills in his Luthier's Edge class dealing with fretting shows glueing the binding to the fretboard with CA glue. I have done it, and gotten great results, but you have to basically have the two pieces flush and tight together when you do it. You just lightly clamp them or tape them and spot glue...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Should neck reinforement run through the body of the instrument? Howabout the truss rod?
Replies: 8
Views: 15763

Re: Should neck reinforement run through the body of the instrument? Howabout the truss rod?

The truss rod is going to want to bend somewhere near the middle of its length. If the truss rod ran all the way through the body, you would be fighting the stability of the body (which you don't want to bend) to try to get the neck to bend, and I think you would have difficulty. You want to install...
by Christ Kacoyannakis
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: another router (trimmer) question. bit speed
Replies: 9
Views: 6500

Re: another router (trimmer) question. bit speed

I think there is a general rule that you should not try to route more than 1/2 the width of the bit. So, if it is a one inch wide bit, you should only try to route 1/2 inch depth with each pass. Seems to work better and faster the shallower cut you take, plus easier to control the router.