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  1. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    8-string thru-neck Half-fan multiscale custom DC taking shape with the Ziricote top glued, shaped and routed/drilled for pups and hardware... Before I sign off. Just a few hours to go to vote for this month's Guitar of the Month and we have a entry
  2. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    A couple of custom builds on at the moment, two are standard DC/DC3s but this one is a little bit special...
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    Hey Woden. Not a problem, good to hear that others are benefitting, not only from my posts but also this alternative fret layout. Good luck with the build
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    Exactly, no compound scarf Back to the ergonomics of multiscale and where is best to put the neutral fret. With the idea being that the angled frets/nut allowing a better, more comfy hand and/or wrist position at the farthest reaches of the fretboard - I find this really only helps from first to fifth frets. Once you're at 12th fret and beyond, there isn't a need for angled frets because you're wrist is back to a natural position. Of course this can vary a little on your own playing position but I found angled frets pointless and the benefits of standard hardware come into play. The benefits on intonation, etc are there wherever the neutral fret lies.
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    The neutral fret is at the bridge. I do not feel any benefit from having the neutral fret halfway up the fretboard from an ergonomic point of view. Therefore, moving it to the bridge allows the use of any bridge and non-angled pickups (which have to be custom made). You can apply this to a Floyd equipt guitar but you'd need to use a zero fret with the locking nut mounted perpendicular to the centreline as normal... Unless you can find someone willing and able to design and machine you an angled locking nut, of course
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    Exactly 😀
  7. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Thanks Prostheta 😀 It's a big enough space for me and allows me work at my optimum - that is the most I'd be wanting to be building at any one time, which is what I'm on at the moment.
  8. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Four necks prepared for my current batch of builds, ready for carving. This includes that Richlite and the Bocote (on the thru-neck) fretboards which are both woods/materials I've not used before. They've both come up nice and are going to look great on their respective builds. Next week will see work begin on the bodies. Aside from the thru-neck, I won't be posting too many updates until they're ready for spraying as they are all fairly similar in style. However, that Ziricote top will be pulled off the shelf very soon so look out for that Have a great weekend!
  9. Hello PG community. Decided to put forth this little (monstrous) beauty in for this month's GOTM: custom 8-string KR3. You may or may not have seen my build progress threads - the current one is here http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/48992-kemp-guitars-uk-build-thread-2/ - but this guitar is little different to a lot of the builds I've been doing lately (it's not bright orange with just 6 strings). Built to customer spec in my (Kemp Guitars) workshop in Cornwall, UK, here's what we have in detail... - 8-string custom KR3 - Wenge/Maple 5-piece thru-neck with Swamp Ash body wings - Marblewood multistage (25.5"-27.5") fretboard - Figured Buckeye Burl top - Hipshot Grip-lock tuners - ABM3210B single bridges - Bare Knuckle Pickups "Painkiller" with custom 16 degree angled baseplate and Aged Cream coils - Single volume and rear mounted Strat-style jack plate - Dunlop flush-mounted strap locks - 2K Poly matte finish (body) and Try-oil finished neck - GHS Boomers Heavy 11-85 strings (setup in standard tuning) All specs chosen by customer who was looking for 8-string V with multiscale and unable to find anything remotely close to this off the shelf. There are a few of the original progress posts in the link above. Additional photos of this and my other builds can be found on the FB page - https://www.facebook.com/kempguitars Thanks for looking ☺️
  10. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Might give it a go as this one's a little different than most of my other builds ☺️
  11. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Thanks Osorio, always a pleasure to hear what other forum members think about these builds ☺️
  12. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    End of another week. What have we been doing in the Kemp workshop? Three generic looking builds coming together but they'll all come to life soon enough with some paint and hardware... In the meantime, this box of brutal delights arrived in the post today - BKP Aftermath 8-string set - these are for a forthcoming custom thru-neck DC featuring the Half-fan multiscale fretboard and that stunning Ziricote top seen in the background there
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    Thanks Andyjr1515
  14. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Build updates coming in the next day or two. In the meantime, I recently bought a Richlite fretboard blank out of curiosity. When it arrived, I thought it looked and felt like a bit of (black dyed) MDF. Having now thicknessed and slotted it, glued it (using epoxy) and added some 4mm MOP dot inlays, I'm getting use to it (the idea of using it). Left to do now is sanding in the radius and polishing prior to hammering in some frets. Looking forward to seeing the final look and trying it out on a finished guitar... And yes, this is a Fender-style neck (reverse headstock). Not my usual thing, just a one-off for a private build of my own... You won't miss this one when it's finished
  15. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Oh yes, had a few moments of panic there. Only done a few multiscales so still getting to grip with that illusion
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