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  1. 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... 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
  2. Doesn't seem to many who are aware of this... CITES Standing Committee to exempt “finished musical instruments”, “finished musical instrument parts” and “finished musical instrument accessories” from its licensing requirements... http://mmrmagazine.com/mmr-global/mmr-global-gear/breakthrough-at-latest-cites-meeting/
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    Hi - Starting building #6

    Hey, That's one of my DCs, not based on anything else Not sure what Ben's formula is for the Crimson Finishing Oil but the results you're getting from the sanding sealer/wipe-on Poly look good.
  4. Hey Project Guitar viewers... Just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has commented and supported Kemp Guitars to date. Unfortunately, due to my increased use of social media, I will be taking an extended break from posting on the forums. However, you can find me easily on the big three and keep up-to-date with new/finished builds and news - just Google "Kemp Guitars". Thanks again and here's one for the road... Full spec: Sipo Mahogany body and neck, Macassar Ebony fretboard (20" radius/24 jumbo frets), DiMarzio Crunchlab pickup, Gotoh 381 tuners, Wilkinson Tune-o-matic bridge (recessed/strings-thru-body) and finished with an open-pore trans purple stain and matte Poly finish... Thanks again and good luck with your own projects, etc. Feel free to get in touch any time
  5. Thanks mistermikev Plenty more one-pup builds in my galleries... And to be build soon!
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    Hi - Starting building #6

    Mmmm… Ziricote and Black Limba combo *drooools* Nice work dude What finish did you use? Doesn't look like it's finished. I know ScottR mentioned a downside to using oil on Ziricote earlier in your thread, but worked okay on one I did a while back using Tru-Oil...
  7. I couldn't leave you all indefinitely Reading back on my ProjectGuitars threads/posts I decided to make everything look pretty again [fixing broken image links] and continue where I left off. There will be a 2019 thread coming soon [this is my 10th year anniversary] but I thought I'd complete this "final" 2018 thread with one of the last stock builds I did before deciding to go "CNC" - more on that soon! Towards the end of 2018, I decided to reinstate the KM2 and built this 7-string version - full spec: Mahogany archtop body, Wenge/Bocote neck, Purpleheart fretboard, Super Distortion pup and WD Music/Gotoh hardware... Look out for that 2019 thread soon
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    Kemp Guitars 2017-18 Build Thread

    Another Kemp Guitars thread updated [broken links fixed]… Enjoy
  9. Welcome to my 2017 build thread, which also coincides nicely with the start of some new builds that will show a slightly new direction for Kemp Guitars. I won't give too much away now but all will become apparent as these two stock builds get underway. FYI, Birch, as you may or may not know, is known for it's "natural EQ qualities" and this variety has a grain pattern and strength similar to Black Walnut... along with an unusual colour.
  10. Hello ProjectGuitar, Been working on some new design ideas for guitars, nothing too extreme, and I wanted to share the work on which these designs are based. I've been building an assortment of guitar designs/shapes for some years now, and although the variety has been interesting, it comes at a price when you're forever making up new templates, etc... So, I've decided to take control, add an element of continuity whilst still producing "one-off" builds. I will post regularly - I have a number of builds on at the moment - and hope that you enjoy seeing the work I'm doing... The new body designs I am using are made up of a combination of various designs I've used in the past - various curved sections, cutaway depths and shapes, bevelled edges, etc - but not been entirely happy with... I am happy with these, especially the KM-I (see below)… The recently finished KM-I #1 with Black Limba/Wenge body, Wenge/Black Walnut neck, Ebony fretboard and Gotoh/Hipshot hardware... More to come soon
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    Kemp Guitars - 2016 Build thread

    FYI. Revisiting some old forum threads and decided to spend the last hour updating broken image links. All fixed now if anyone's still interested in reading the old Kemp threads On to the next one...
  12. Thanks @Andyjr1515 ☺ You too, Mr Natural, thanks... Will try ☺
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    Kemp Guitars 2017-18 Build Thread

    Thanks Mr Natural
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    Kemp Guitars 2017-18 Build Thread

    All that Flame Maple ^ Has now become this, Kemp's latest creation... Full spec: Custom 6-string SS leftie, Black Limba body with Flame Maple top, 5-pce Wenge/Ash neck, Ziricote fretboard, Gotoh fixed bridge, Gotoh 381 Magnum Lock tuners, Bare Knuckle Pickups "Ragnarok" covered set and matte trans Blue/natural Poly finish
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    Kemp Guitars 2017-18 Build Thread

    Well, yeah, as any good builder does, I keep master copies of templates and have devised various jigs/setups for processes such as truss rod channels, etc. Those processes and details are then reproduced accurately and clean on every build :) I don't use much binding nowadays but it does look good around the Flame Maple. Got another build coming up wrapped in binding too :D
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    Kemp Guitars 2017-18 Build Thread

    Thanks P TBH, this one is pretty much the same shape and size as the Dinky so it's a tried and tested design.
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    Kemp Guitars 2017-18 Build Thread

    A quick update on what I'm working on right now - left-handed, bound Flame Maple and Ziricote
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    Kemp Guitars 2017-18 Build Thread

    Two favourites - Macassar Ebony and Ziricote - slotted, tapered and now glued to necks...
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    Kemp Guitars 2017-18 Build Thread

    Sounds interesting. Hope you get the issues resolved and it all works out well... Then let us know ☺
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    Kemp Guitars 2017-18 Build Thread

    It's never perfectly flat (like it would if I sanded it) but I like it and so do those who own one of my matte finish guitars. This is what allowed me start spraying again. I had issues with workload in the past when doing gloss finishes. Not only does matte clear take less time to cure, but it's ready to go as soon as it's cured - avoiding all that wet sanding and polishing... And I love the matte look ☺ I don't really have any experience with other matte clear coat products or techniques for creating a matte (or satin) finish from gloss. How are these tests coming along?
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    Kemp Guitars 2017-18 Build Thread

    Thanks Prostheta. There is a slight texture to the clear coat. If I'm honest, this one (being a stock build) was rushed a bit. It notices visually but you don't feel it.
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    Kemp Guitars 2017-18 Build Thread

    Before I get on with this lot... Why not enjoy my latest "bridge-only-pickup" build in the fantastic Kiwi Green... Full spec: Poplar body, Maple three-piece bolt-on neck w/ non-reversed head, Richlite fretboard, WD Music fixed bridge, Gotoh 381 Series Magnum Lock tuners, Kent Armstrong Super Distortion pickup and, of course, that Kiwi Green finish
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    Kemp Guitars 2017-18 Build Thread

    Hey guys, Trying to keep out of the sun and heat, the coolest place in the house right now is the office so I thought I'd go through some recent photos and post a general "what I'm up to at the moment" So, there are a few custom builds and a couple of stock builds in progress at the moment. All early days apart from one which I sprayed yesterday and is ready for clear coat tomorrow. Remember this colour? I had to do it again... The other builds are just started with blanks machined, body shapes routed and scarf joints ready to glue. Includes some Flame Maple, Quilted Maple, Swamp Ash and more tasty wood-goodness... And believe it or not, in nine years of building, this is the first time I've made a Flame Maple neck...
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    Kemp Guitars 2017-18 Build Thread

    Not to worry, the guitar is gone now but thank you. I did think I should've drawn a diagram before sending but it's going to be looked at by someone else now
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