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KempGuitars

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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.
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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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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Thanks Prostheta. This is now the point, dare I say it, that I'm not really into bursts myself. I haven't really messed around with finishes like this, or even thought about it for myself... Except for a solid colour burst I was thinking about giving the Pinky Dinky after the repair. I had a picture of a finish to replicate, bought the colours (spirit based stains - I don't like water based) and got on with it. The result was surprisingly good and my client is happy with it. That said, what you said is all true, and perhaps I will look at different methods/materials to use next time.
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Prostheta, you got it bang on... It was not easy. I must've done a dozen tests on scrap and most left a brown blend. In the end, I found that repeatedly overlaying the purple, blending it and then (hard to explain) almost trying to rub away that blended "edge" with some green. It looks like there's brown there in the pic but it there isn't. It's very difficult to capture the true colour on the camera... And it does look much better in person. My client sent me a picture of a Kiesel with this colour burst and I think I replicated it nicely. I did try and find out what they used but no joy. I am not a big fan of stains or bursts but I'm quite happy with this.
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Me and the Hulk-burst enjoying the sunshine! Should be finished this time next week...
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    That green stained Flame Maple top again... But what's this? The Hulk-burst
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Thanks Stu. There's three coats on there to get the shade of green required using Chestnut Spirit Stain Green.
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Been a little quiet over the past couple of weeks so have a teaser pic, and just a sample, of what's to come over the next month or so
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    Fishman pups wiring help...

    Hey, Fishman Open Core (neck and bridge) and active single coil (middle). I'm after this configuration, can any one help me with a wiring schematic... Many thanks in advance
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    Fishman pups wiring help...

    I hate these damn pickups This is a diagram from Fishman. Given to me by a customer. I was thinking the same about the push-pull combination... And there is no mention of tone pot down. Switching, I guess, would be one of these monster switches but I don't normally use anything other than 3-way toggles so even wiring up a regular 5-way lever requires the help of a diagram. This would be over my head completely. I'll get in touch with Fishman and see if they can give me the full schematic. Thanks Curtisa
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Oo-er!
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Thanks guys. I appreciate the great feedback ☺
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    I had varying results on the planer. The neck blank was fine, without any tearout, one side but quite bad on the other. I didn't put the top anywhere near anything other than sandpaper
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    I felt the Leopardwood warranted the extra pics... Including that neck carve/heel area. Like you said, the carved areas do look particularly good ☺ Not a wood that crops up too often
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Warning: Pic heavy post Hope you're all having a good weekend. I've been wiring up some Fishman's and finished this wild beast... Full spec: 6-string DC with Leopardwood neck-thru-body, Alder body (wings), Leopardwood top with Ebony laminate, Pale Moon Ebony fretboard, Gotoh 510 Series tuners, TonePros T3BT Tune-O-Matic bridge, Fishman Fluence Modern pickups and Tru-Oil finish... Sorry, I know it's more pictures than usual in one go... Hope you don't mind
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    No worries. But can I ask, have you been drinking?
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Not sure if this is a joke... If not, think about it. If you take your car to a garage for new brakes and it takes them an hour, they charge you £40 labour. If you take your car in for a new radiator and it takes them two hours, they charge you £80 labour. At which point, I'd be wishing I was a mechanic See what I'm getting at
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    I could build with handtools but it'd cost you more and take longer
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    More routing and messy shenanigans in the Kemp workshop today. Started working some more on the competition winner build which is a Korina DC 6-string with Floyd and Seymour Duncan HSS pickups. Edit: and only 24.75" scale length, not something I do often. First up, some sawdust ... All cleaned up...
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    I have to agree with you there... I didnt before though. I think it's the single coil pickup I don't like the look of, but, silly as it sounds, I love the look of the hot rails
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    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    It's full steam ahead with the next build whilst I'm slapping those Tru-Oil coats on the Leopardwood DC. In all it's Maple glory... it's another 6-string custom DC. The finish on this is going to be quite exquisite, but you'll have to wait until it's done to find out what it will look like
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    JimF's First Build!

    Hey JimF. Taking the plunge? Go for it mate You look all set and plenty of support here should you need it. Ditto on the templates and pre-slotted fretboard... Use those myself. Look forward to seeing this progress into a work of art. Nice knife handles too!
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    Black Limba Flying V

    I'm loving this build. Black Limba is a favourite of mine and that headstock is as mean as they come - always fancied building myself a V based on Ran's Invader with that headstock. I look forward to seeing this finished. Hope the filler and clear coat works out... What will you use to fill the pores? I'd recommend Z-poxy Finish Sealer
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