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  1. My first build thread is looking a little tatty - broken image links that I cannot repair, etc - so I've decided to start a new 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. So, Kemp DC or Jackson Dinky-style? I'm making both... Quartersawn Sapele bodies and Wenge/American Dark Birch (inverted) necks... These two builds will also be getting some (interesting) solid/PU colours =) 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.
  2. 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
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    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
  4. 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
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    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
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    No problem, all relevant to what we are doing 👍
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    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.
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    The resurrection of the Pinky Dinky... Part 5 - Clear coat on. Next time you see this one, it'll be finished
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    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).
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    This was one I watched... Mentions the technique I used and then he tells us about his vacuum bag https://youtu.be/yZaeuRQYdog
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    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.
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    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...
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    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
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    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)...
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    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?
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    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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    Thanks again, very much appreciated 👍 No worries, just thought I'd mention it before I spray alternative colour tomorrow.
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    Thanks Unfortunately not pink this time. I was thinking solid black to white burst. I'll take that as a compliment(s), thanks dude. Sorry about the Pinky though. Hey, if you got no issues with a 3 and a half piece body instead of 2 piece, I'd be willing to spray it pink for the right, yet reasonable price. PM me but quick as I'd planned to spray the top coat Friday
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    The resurrection of the "Pinky Dinky"... Part 3 Sealed and primer on... Who would've known?
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    Coming together nicely, this custom DC thru-neck is now all glued up, including Leopardwood and Ebony laminated top on Alder body wings, and shaped to template...
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    Glad to help The inserts are threaded on the outside as well and screw into the wood. If done correctly, they'll hold up to a hell of a lot more pressure/torque than is applied to the actual neck to body attachment.
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    Seriously though, I'm thinking solid burst on this. Fresh canvas and something I've not done in a while
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    No, the latter is not messed up, that's the uber-relic! But then I did think about some graffiti tags over it and then calling it the urban-relic or derelict-relic... Getting out of hand now
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    The resurrection of the "Pinky Dinky"... Part 2 Unclamped this morning and rough shaped on the bandsaw before getting to work with my 12" long sanding block. Levelled the new wood flush with the paintwork before going at the whole thing (front and back) to remove the best part of the original blue and pink finish. More or less ready for sealing and refinishing now, but that will have to wait a couple of days now...
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    The resurrection of the "Pinky Dinky"... Part 1 Decided to remove the whole damaged area of the SS body, taking it as far back as the rear cover recess. I found a piece of Alder almost big enough to replace the missing section of the body, but it did need a bit extra for which I used a Sipo offcut... Leaving this overnight now. May or may not get more done tomorrow but part 2 soon