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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: 16607

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: 10563

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: 10563

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: 8550

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: 3625

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: 4991

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: 8936

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...
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: 14602

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: 5449

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: 5449

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: 15388

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: 5449

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: 5449

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: 7038

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: 5124

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: 4010

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: 7550

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: 4010

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: 3276

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.