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So it's 2019 and Kemp Guitars has been building for 10 years now. During my time away from the forums throughout the second half of 2018, there were a couple of changes made as a result of my increasingly painful back/shoulders, and I had decided to start using CNC machined bodies and necks.

After speaking to a couple of potential companies who could do the work for me (as I didn't have the funds or CNC knowledge to do it myself) it became apparent that my options would be limited if I wanted to keep costs to an acceptable level. This would see me making nothing but Strat or Tele style builds - such as this Metallic Purple guitar...

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Yeah, it was fun taking these traditional shapes/styling and turning them into something... well, less traditional, but it really wasn't what I wanted to be doing long-term, and, unfortunately, the costs of incorporating my own body shapes, etc into the CNC work was going to be too high - and definitely not a cost I could justify passing on to my clients.

Over the past week, as I lay indoors recovering from flu, I decided that I just couldn't do it and Kemp Guitars had to remain the way it should be for the boutique custom guitar manufacturer... handcrafted bodies and necks... NO CNC!

 So, having decided against using the CNC Stratocaster's, I did have one last Strat planned. This will be a handcrafted build and it will be finished in Kiwi Green - as unofficially voted for on my social media posts. I will continue with this one next week, as soon as I've recovered from this damn flu-virus :#

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Welcome back!

And you're bringing two pieces of good news......The Cites news and the fact that you will be joining us again.

SR

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5 hours ago, KempGuitars said:

So it's 2019 and Kemp Guitars has been building for 10 years now. During my time away from the forums throughout the second half of 2018, there were a couple of changes made as a result of my increasingly painful back/shoulders, and I had decided to start using CNC machined bodies and necks.

After speaking to a couple of potential companies who could do the work for me (as I didn't have the funds or CNC knowledge to do it myself) it became apparent that my options would be limited if I wanted to keep costs to an acceptable level. This would see me making nothing but Strat or Tele style builds - such as this Metallic Purple guitar...

kemp-alnico8-superstrat-02.jpg

Yeah, it was fun taking these traditional shapes/styling and turning them into something... well, less traditional, but it really wasn't what I wanted to be doing long-term, and, unfortunately, the costs of incorporating my own body shapes, etc into the CNC work was going to be too high - and definitely not a cost I could justify passing on to my clients.

Over the past week, as I lay indoors recovering from flu, I decided that I just couldn't do it and Kemp Guitars had to remain the way it should be for the boutique custom guitar manufacturer... handcrafted bodies and necks... NO CNC!

 So, having decided against using the CNC Stratocaster's, I did have one last guitar planned. This will be a handcrafted build and it will be the Kiwi Green finish - as unofficially voted for on my social media posts. I will continue with this one next week, as soon as I've recovered from this damn flu-virus :#

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love the blue/purple - great color!  Your work is really inspiring on a lot of dif levels.  I may have to do a single pickup guitar in the future (here we go again)!  nice designs.

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On ‎2‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 5:52 PM, mistermikev said:

love the blue/purple - great color!  Your work is really inspiring on a lot of dif levels.  I may have to do a single pickup guitar in the future (here we go again)!  nice designs.

Thanks mistermikev.

Sorry, only just seen your post - not been online much the past month due to flu and house move. Back online now... note also the spec change to that latest Strat build :) 

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Finally back in the shop full-time after a month off to flu and a house move. Quick update on where I am right now. Currently finishing up sanding this handcrafted Strat ready for spraying... Then once this one is done, I'll be moving on to some proper Kemp-like builds, including some new custom work :)

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the flu... had that myself... almost killed me.  glad you are back at it. 

spec change?

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On ‎3‎/‎7‎/‎2019 at 11:11 PM, mistermikev said:

the flu... had that myself... almost killed me.  glad you are back at it. 

spec change?

Thanks, yes, glad to be back. I'm one of these people that hates sitting around doing nothing... That was more the worst bit, not being able to get into the shop for three weeks!

Yeah, had to go hardtail on the Kiwi Green build after running into difficulties mounting the Lockmeister correctly with the bridge HB routed. Selling the tremolo now.

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A new week in the shop and today was spent finishing up sanding out the handcrafted carve on my latest (and last) Skunk-stripe neck - they look good but those few minutes of anxiety whilst routing into the back of the neck is too much. This one also has a one-off headstock shape as seen on recent mock ups...

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Decided to post a bit more regular with this build as it's the last one I intend to do as stock in the traditional Strat style. That said, unlike my other recent builds in this style, this one has not been machined or shaped at all using CNC, it's completely handcrafted and therefore has some significant, yet subtle, differences.

Something about a standard Strat nut I don't like, so giving this neck a 1/4" thick GraphTech TUSQ XL nut 😃

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Sizing up the scratchplate for the final time before spraying clear coat. Will be putting the Seymour Duncan TB-15 (Alternative 8) into this one...

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It's been a gorgeous day today so I decided to take a drive to Binner Downs here in Cornwall for an outdoor photoshoot with the latest build...

Handcrafted KST0419 full spec: Alder body, Maple neck (Modern C profile), Maple fretboard (12" radius, 25.5" scale length), 3-ply scratchplate loaded with Seymour Duncan Alternative 8 pickup and CTS volume pot, Hipshot Fixed Bridge, Gotoh 381 tuners and Kiwi Light matte Poly (body)/matte Poly (neck) finish

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