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KempGuitars

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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    Thanks dude
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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    Sorry I didn't see your post sooner, looks like email notifications have been switched off. Firstly, thank you for the comment on the green strat Regarding finishing, standard procedure on all my builds: grain fill and sealer, then filler primer (sanded smooth with 400 grit) then regular grey or white primer (sanded back with 400 grit) followed by top coat. This can be anything from 1k Acrylic in a can to 2k Polyurethane shot from a gun. Sand the top coat flat with 600 grit once that's dried then I use SprayMax 2k Polyurethane Matte clear coat (one dust coat then two wet coats). Done correctly, theres nothing more to do. If you get orange peel or any dust in it, you'll have to sand flat (600 grit) and give it another wet coat. I know this is quite vague but let me know if there's any specific details you need
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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    Thought I'd pop by quick as I've been spraying the latest DC build. This one is metallic "Intense Blue". Did um and ah a bit over the colour (this versus metallic purple) but decided on this blue as it looks better against the Walnut neck...
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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    Hey ScottR, Thanks, certainly saves time messing around with the glue and dust fix. I always clip back the tang when hammering frets in, regardless of which method I use to fill the slot ends. I prefer the no-tang look Hey mistermikev, You're no idiot! All the YouTube videos and forum posts mention glue and dust fills so one just goes along with that as the norm. It was only more recently that I thought about this - watching someone fill slots for a fretless conversion. I had loads of spare veneer lying around so had a go... Takes half the time and looks clean! BTW, I would suggest black dyed veneer, rather than Ebony, as it'll be much cheaper
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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    Thin strips of veneer in various species (colours) of wood... Perfect for filling those fret slot ends without messing around with glue and dust
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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    It's fretwork Friday! Just made that one up, but I am genuinely hammering frets in today. This 25% N/S Sintoms Elite Series fretwire is nice enough to work with and nowhere near a pain in the arse as stainless steel fretwire to cut and file
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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    More progress updates on the latest (and reintroduced, again) DC stock build. I won't post this much on future builds, as a full time builder they all go through near identical processes on a standard specification build, but this one is being made with new templates and tweaks to the original design =) Checking existing logo size fits new headstock with improved "straight-pull" string angle... FYI, I don't go for generic all-in-one templates when handcrafting my guitars. Instead, once the neck has been bolted on, bridge and pickup positions are measured out on every guitar individually for accuracy. This latest one has a recessed TOM bridge too...
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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    Five months ago I was planning to start working with CNC machined bodies and necks, but I decided it wasn't what I wanted to be doing. So, here we are today with the resurrection of the DC (my most requested body shape). Still some work to do, such as the archtop, contouring around the neck join and tweaking the Kemp Guitars' pointy headstock - new template being made as we speak with better (straight-pull) string angle over the nut. Also going for a single coil pickup at the neck on this one, possibly SC size humbucker, and recessed Tune-O-Matic bridge...
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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    Getting to work on the neck for the latest (handcrafted) DC build - Alder archtop body, Black Walnut neck w/ Kemp Guitars' pointy inline headstock Ebony fretboard, Gotoh bridge and tuners, pickups TBC and Vintage White finish
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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    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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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    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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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    It's on... The Kiwi Green top coat, that is. Strat body sprayed this morning. Nearly there with this one now
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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    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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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    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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    Kemp Guitars 2019 Build Thread

    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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