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  1. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Started on the hand carving elements of this build today; neck and tummy carve... and this handsome forearm carve. Yep, that's Ebony there
  2. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Hey, No, that blanket is staying - I've no plans for any more kids!! TBH, the reason my paintwork looks the way it does is because I only spray matte. I stopped spraying altogether a couple of years ago due to time restraints and workload. If it wasn't for the matte clear, I still wouldn't be spraying. Okay, yes the prep is equally important, but it is much easier to get top class results from matte paint. The additional agents in gloss are what make it more prone to orange peel and slower curing times. The stuff I use (2k Polyurethane) cures enough to start assembly within three days at the moment and that's in the winter. In summer, it'll be even less time. I also get out of all that wet sanding and polishing... That was the time issue in the past, especially when I have other dusty stuff going on... Dust and fresh paint do not mix! Saw dust... As above, prep definitely contributes most to the finishes achieved. Matte still won't hide scratches, dings or dips It's good to get it off your chest Thanks Norris... As above. Sorry for being lazy with the "see above" all-in-one replies
  3. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Introducing the Pinky Dinky Mahogany/Alder 3-and-a-bit-piece SS body, Maple (reverse F-style) neck, Richlite fretboard, Gotoh fixed bridge (Cosmo Black), Gotoh 381 tuners (Cosmo Black), Irongear "Metal Machine" pup and Amaranth Red matte finish
  4. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Next batch of builds on the bench... Maple necks with Flame Maple, Richlite (again) and Wenge fretboards. Bodies in Ash, Sipo, Korina and Sipo with Flame Maple top. Doesn't look too fancy at the moment but they will when "finished" In the meantime, finally got the Pinky Dinky on the blanket today... Frets sorted and shielding (rear cavity and pup rout) done ready for assembly and setup tomorrow
  5. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    No problem, all relevant to what we are doing 👍
  6. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Hey Prostheta I don't think I've ever used Khaya TBH so can't really give you my views on that. However, I've not experienced any of the issues you've described with Sapele. I've been using Sipo a lot lately since my Sapele supplier switched to it. Apparently it's more stable, again I've never had any issues with Sapele in that respect. Sipo (Utile) is pretty much identical - rough sawn I only knew what I had when I got to the sales desk. It's not as pretty as Sapele, lacks the ribbon figure of a quartersawn board, and doesn't smell as nice.
  7. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    The resurrection of the Pinky Dinky... Part 5 - Clear coat on. Next time you see this one, it'll be finished
  8. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Thanks Pariahrob I get the common timber, eg Sipo, Sapele, Ash and Maple, from a local hardwood specialist. Anything else and it could be Exotic Hardwoods UK, Timberline or eBay (UK and US sellers).
  9. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    This was one I watched... Mentions the technique I used and then he tells us about his vacuum bag https://youtu.be/yZaeuRQYdog
  10. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Just a bit of planning and good prep... And YouTube I didn't use steam for this... Although I might've considered that if it was a bigger contour (such as that on my non-offset body shape). The method I used involved routing some narrow channels perpendicular to the bend direction on the underside of the top (as seen done by a few builders on YouTube). Essentially just taking down the thickness of the wood so it bends easier. I did clamp and apply heat alone before gluing but that didn't really achieve anything.
  11. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Nine years building, first time bending a droptop (7mm Flame Maple) over a forearm contour. No cracks New custom build (1 of 3 just started) which'll be regularly appearing over the coming weeks...
  12. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Haha. Actually not sure what that is. It's not tear out because that's on the screw pillar the other side of the cavity damn Alder, hate routing that stuff
  13. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Not seen the back of the custom DC Leopardwood yet. Finished the last of the routing today, here it is ready for hand carving (neck, tummy and forearm contours)...
  14. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    The resurrection of the Pinky Dinky... Part 4 - Thought about coming away from the "pink" theme completely but I didn't want to use the neon paint again as I wasn't happy with the product or application. Working with what I already had in terms of paint, I thought about a solid black/white burst. Unfortunately, I didn't have as much black as I'd like so I ordered in some Amaranth Red, in keeping with the pink theme a little... Aye?
  15. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Fishman Fluence Modern pups for the custom DC Leopardwood top. Forgot I need a battery box... Could've been a disaster!!!
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