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  1. I have the shots so will report back on what they are like, should be starting to stain etc next week on mine
  2. I love the build quality of the Kemp guitars, at least from photos, never seen one in person. you've obviously made your own templates, do you just use MDF or have you had them laser cut? the reason I ask is that the bearing on my router bits always digs into the MDF making my cavities slightly larger than they should be.
  3. Yep, that’s definitely purple. I’ve the crimson stains purple but haven’t tried it yet, looking at the angelus stuff, I might have been better getting some angelus dye as the colour BigD gets is pretty much what I’m after. relly like the purple and rose, looks like it would be a great colour on that guitar.
  4. Thanks @Bizman62 for the stain advice. I wonder if I went a bit heavier with steel wool on that particular spot after staining it might lighten it up enough to hide the darker line? otherwise I might attempt as you mentioned the crayon trick, didn’t know about that one.
  5. Sorted the pickup cavity although I’m not overly enamoured with the results. it’s not terribly obvious, I have matched the flame, unless looking for it but I’m hoping a dark stain will hide it a bit more. belly carve done as well. I can’t see anything but if I concentrate hard I can feel the tiniest of divots in one or two places so will need a tiny bit of refining. It seems to follow the growth rings/grain so not sure if there’s anything to worry about.
  6. I agree with @Bizman62. Making a neck isn’t terribly difficult if you keep the first one basic enough and buy a pre slotted fretboard. Carving the neck is also the most fun part of any build and a very satisfying experience. It’s also easier than you might first imagine. theres lots of good resource on youtube to take you step by step and this forum is invaluable for advice.
  7. I agree I’ve used RADs pin method before with good results. @Lumberjack I don’t know whether your photo just doesn’t show the imperfect alignment but I, personally, would be ecstatic if I got ferrules as good as you have!
  8. Rear round over done and neck heel cut away to make it shallower. limba seems to be very prone to splinters. The router has taken a small chip off the corner, it’s not completely off so I’m able to glue it back in.
  9. I have a lot of hobbies. I like working on my car, motorbike, fitness, gaming (when I have the time) but out of all I love playing my guitar. I don’t have time to do everything though so I have to visit my hobbies in periodic stages. Winter time is guitar building time at the moment. as a Myers Briggs ISTP personality type, I’m naturally inquisitive and also a ‘fixer’. It makes me good at my day job in IT, and I seem to need to know how everything works. I first started looking at project guitar when I was at university probably about 18 years ago, I built my first guitar a year later over the summer break on a shoestring budget. it was horrible. so then I built a 4x12 speaker cabinet and then rebuilt an old motorbike. one winter it was snowing and I was bored so I built another guitar which I still play to this day. ive only built a few guitars in total but I have built quite a few guitar pedals and used a schematic to build a JCM800 amp with some mods. now that Ive done the wife and house thing I’ve managed to get back around to building again, partly because several promotions means I’m more desk bound than before so need to get out for fresh air and exercise. It also helps for stress relief. so that’s how I got into it and why, every now and again, I revisit this hobby.
  10. Hey Mike, I really like your adjustable planer sled. It’s seems really great for putting the angles in. I’m sure the mild steel box means the sled slides a bit easier than if it was all wood/mdf? the binding jig is cool too, a simpler (and cheaper) version of the Elmers binding jig
  11. Today I set out and drilled for the controls. There’s going to be 2x volume knobs, a tone control and a 3 way pickup selector. control cavity routed and recessed for a cover, which I haven’t made yet. I also routed out for a 9v battery box and squared off the corners with a chisel. Limba isn’t easy worked down across the grain, the fibres seem to be quite long in one direction so the chisel pulls out strands of the wood when going in a direction it doesn’t like. I wanted to recess the battery box but wasn’t sure how to get the curves just right. I found that one of the bobbin on my bobbin sander was exactly the same radius as the battery box. I just pressed a piece of mdf up against it until it created the radius that I wanted. You can see below how I made up the template. and the battery box test fitted with a hole drilled to the control cavity for the wire. I’m actually really happy with the recessed battery box, it seemed to come together really easily with results that I’m very happy with.
  12. I haven’t had a solid state amp in years so can’t really comment on what the modern ones are like. I’ve read a lot of good things about the Boss Katana as a good modelling style amp. i only have one amplifier (I’m a bedroom guitarist) but am fortunate enough to not have neighbours or kids (although that will change, wife is expecting our first). This means that I can play my JCM800 50w at reasonable volume. I built the amp as a diy clone so in the process I added an extra master volume to allow me to get an extra stage of tube distortion at lower volumes. there does come a point though when the volume gets too low and it can get quite buzzy/fizzy distortion. if you have the space and an understanding spouse, I’d highly recommend a valve amp. At the right volume a tube screamer can push it just nice as well. only downside is that the jcm is a one channel amp with a high and low input so clean and dirty are not foot switchable. Could be another reason I use the volume control on the guitar more come to think of it.
  13. Agreed everything looks class on this guitar!! Congrats on sick a lovely build
  14. I don’t know that they can be lumped into two classifications. as per your last comment, I have a frankenstrat style guitar so only one pickup and no tone control. It’s good for what itwas designed for. I use the volume control all the time on that one. but then I have a hss with hot rails for singles. I use the coil taps all the time and occasionally reach for the tone control. I rarely use the volume control on that guitar. my prs se with EMGs has everything on 10 all of the time. for me the styles of music dictates how I play my instrument rather than my own particular style dictating it. Also the equipment in use has a bearing on it. before I had my all tube amp and relied on pedals for distortion I never used the volume control as it didn’t have any real effect on distortion pedals. The opposite is true with the valve amp, I use the volume quite regularly now because of it.
  15. Getting square flat joints is very tough. I did my body blank with a Cheap no4 hand plane but I have had a reasonable amount of experience with it and had developed my technique. I also spent most of a day setting it up so it’s only removing see through thin slices. the method involves constantly using a straight edge along the length ( on the outside edges and middle as well) and Then using a square to ensure you are planing square. Every couple of passes check everything again and make small adjustments in your technique to correct any imperfections. i do think that if you have the experience a hand plane is the best way to do it. The next best is the other option of a long flat beam with a long strip of sanding belt but you need to ensure you don’t rock your piece while sanding otherwise you’ll be back to square 1. if power tools aren’t setup correctly (As I’ve so frequently experienced) you can remove way too much way too quickly so I think this is best done by hand. hope that helps.
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