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KempGuitars

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  1. 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... Just a stock build but I wanted to use the purple stain on Mahogany (type wood) like I did on the Hulk burst a few months back. 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
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    Thank you Norris ☺
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    Final post from Kemp Guitars

    Thanks @Andyjr1515 ☺ You too, Mr Natural, thanks... Will try ☺
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Thanks Mr Natural
  5. 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.
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    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 UK Build Thread #2

    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 UK Build Thread #2

    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 UK Build Thread #2

    A quick update on what I'm working on right now - left-handed, bound Flame Maple and Ziricote
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Two favourites - Macassar Ebony and Ziricote - slotted, tapered and now glued to necks...
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Sounds interesting. Hope you get the issues resolved and it all works out well... Then let us know ☺
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    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 UK Build Thread #2

    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 UK Build Thread #2

    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 UK Build Thread #2

    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 UK Build Thread #2

    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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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Thanks for responding... And for your kind words. Don't know if it has anything to do with it or not bur effectively there was (is) two circuits in the guitar... Fishmans each to their own vol/voice push-pull, wired to a 3 way toggle selector switch. Switch to tone pot then wired to a 2-way mini switch. The Lollar single coil wired to its own vol pot then to the 2-way mini switch. The 2-way switch is wired to the jack. I would've thought switching to the Lollar would completely cut the Fishman circuit and give us the Lollar output, and vice versa. It didn't. There was nothing from the Lollar. Selecting the Fishman circuit, I had both neck and bridge live, regardless of the position of the 3-way switch. The volume, tone and voicing push-pulls had no effect whatsoever. There is also the Fishman USB charger pack installed. Positive connected to both pickups, ground to the Fishman tone (where I also took the ground to bridge) and a third "switch" wire also connected to the jack (I assume kills the battery pack when no jack plugged in). This means there was never a complete break in the circuit, regardless of the 2-way switch position, but it was only the battery positive and ground connected to the Fishman circuit. The output was still going through the 2-way mini switch. Is it. Possible something was amiss here? Hope that all makes sense
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Yeah, does look good. Fishman do singles, ironically, but my client wanted the Lollar
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Yes, learnt that now No more active/passive setups. I hate wiring as it is. Anyways, the guitar is going tomorrow and my client is going to get someone else to look at it. Not my ideal departure for a guitar but it was his suggestion.
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Yes, definitely worth it when you see the end result Appreciate your views on the wiring passives and actives. I have had to set that aside for a few days as I need to get on with other work but I will speak to my client about the options.
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Thanks Prostheta. Discipline = hours of sanding, probably the least favorite part of building as I imagine you'll agree ☺ Still got some tweaking to do but the single coil and Fishmans are wired to a 2-way switch which does mean it's one or the other. I've never mixed them before, nor do I know how to properly. My client just wanted that single coil mid option so we went for what is essentially two circuits hooked up to the same jack via a selector switch. Won't be doing it again though
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Hey guys, Sorry I haven't posted in a while, lots going on at home and been concentrating on the social media stuff to get myself "out there" and all that. However, just finished this one. My first 7-string in a while, named "The Rook" and very au naturel. Custom 7-string SD with Ash body, Maple set-neck, Flame Maple fretboard, Tonepros TP7 tune-o-matic bridge, Gotoh 381 Series Magnum Lock tuners, Fishman Fluence Modern set with coil split and USB recharge pack, Lollar Tweed single coil pickup (this passive/active mix has almost sent me insane today... Never going to attempt it again) and natural Poly clear coat finish...
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Is a bright one
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Yeah, been a while but I'm still here and working on a number of builds that will present themselves over the coming few weeks. The first, in celebration of this glorious sunshine we've been having, this yellow SS (actually not influenced by the sun at all, but an idea I had some time ago) in the typical "bridge-only-pickup" style. I went for chrome hardware after seeing an old ESP in a very similar yellow with chrome and thought it suited. Full spec: Mahogany archtop body, Maple three-piece bolt-on neck w/ reversed head, Wenge fretboard w/ binding, Gotoh Tune-O-Matic bridge and 381 Series tuners, Seymour Duncan Distortion pickup and matte Cadmium Yellow finish...
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    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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