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  1. KempGuitars

    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Finished the "Hulk-burst" DC... Flame Maple/Mahogany body, Maple neck, Flame Maple fretboard w/ Luminlay dot inlays, Wilkinson bridge, AT-1 and Cruiser pickups, Gotoh 381 locking tuners and Green-Purple burst under matte finish...
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Thanks Prostheta. This is now the point, dare I say it, that I'm not really into bursts myself. I haven't really messed around with finishes like this, or even thought about it for myself... Except for a solid colour burst I was thinking about giving the Pinky Dinky after the repair. I had a picture of a finish to replicate, bought the colours (spirit based stains - I don't like water based) and got on with it. The result was surprisingly good and my client is happy with it. That said, what you said is all true, and perhaps I will look at different methods/materials to use next time.
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Prostheta, you got it bang on... It was not easy. I must've done a dozen tests on scrap and most left a brown blend. In the end, I found that repeatedly overlaying the purple, blending it and then (hard to explain) almost trying to rub away that blended "edge" with some green. It looks like there's brown there in the pic but it there isn't. It's very difficult to capture the true colour on the camera... And it does look much better in person. My client sent me a picture of a Kiesel with this colour burst and I think I replicated it nicely. I did try and find out what they used but no joy. I am not a big fan of stains or bursts but I'm quite happy with this.
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Me and the Hulk-burst enjoying the sunshine! Should be finished this time next week...
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    That green stained Flame Maple top again... But what's this? The Hulk-burst
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Thanks Stu. There's three coats on there to get the shade of green required using Chestnut Spirit Stain Green.
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Been a little quiet over the past couple of weeks so have a teaser pic, and just a sample, of what's to come over the next month or so
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    Fishman pups wiring help...

    I hate these damn pickups This is a diagram from Fishman. Given to me by a customer. I was thinking the same about the push-pull combination... And there is no mention of tone pot down. Switching, I guess, would be one of these monster switches but I don't normally use anything other than 3-way toggles so even wiring up a regular 5-way lever requires the help of a diagram. This would be over my head completely. I'll get in touch with Fishman and see if they can give me the full schematic. Thanks Curtisa
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    Fishman pups wiring help...

    Hey, Fishman Open Core (neck and bridge) and active single coil (middle). I'm after this configuration, can any one help me with a wiring schematic... Many thanks in advance
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

  11. KempGuitars

    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Thanks guys. I appreciate the great feedback ☺
  12. KempGuitars

    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    I had varying results on the planer. The neck blank was fine, without any tearout, one side but quite bad on the other. I didn't put the top anywhere near anything other than sandpaper
  13. KempGuitars

    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    I felt the Leopardwood warranted the extra pics... Including that neck carve/heel area. Like you said, the carved areas do look particularly good ☺ Not a wood that crops up too often
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Warning: Pic heavy post Hope you're all having a good weekend. I've been wiring up some Fishman's and finished this wild beast... Full spec: 6-string DC with Leopardwood neck-thru-body, Alder body (wings), Leopardwood top with Ebony laminate, Pale Moon Ebony fretboard, Gotoh 510 Series tuners, TonePros T3BT Tune-O-Matic bridge, Fishman Fluence Modern pickups and Tru-Oil finish... Sorry, I know it's more pictures than usual in one go... Hope you don't mind
  15. KempGuitars

    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    No worries. But can I ask, have you been drinking?