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  • Fr3t said:
    Love this thread. Awesome build you have there!

    Thanks Fr3t. Watch this space for more builds in the very near future =)
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  • Definitely not =) Thanks Ross
    NP - Keep up the good work!

    Fr3t said:
    Love this thread. Awesome build you have there!
    I agree - awesome stuff to see these builds come together :)
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  • Build updates coming in the next day or two. In the meantime, I recently bought a Richlite fretboard blank out of curiosity. When it arrived, I thought it looked and felt like a bit of (black dyed) MDF. Having now thicknessed and slotted it, glued it (using epoxy) and added some 4mm MOP dot inlays, I'm getting use to it (the idea of using it). Left to do now is sanding in the radius and polishing prior to hammering in some frets. Looking forward to seeing the final look and trying it out on a finished guitar... And yes, this is a Fender-style neck (reverse headstock). Not my usual thing, just a one-off for a private build of my own... You won't miss this one when it's finished  


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  • End of another week. What have we been doing in the Kemp workshop? Three generic looking builds coming together but they'll all come to life soon enough with some paint and hardware...


    In the meantime, this box of brutal delights arrived in the post today - BKP Aftermath 8-string set - these are for a forthcoming custom thru-neck DC featuring the Half-fan multiscale fretboard and that stunning Ziricote top seen in the background there  


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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1856
    Awesome :)
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  • Four necks prepared for my current batch of builds, ready for carving. This includes that Richlite and the Bocote (on the thru-neck) fretboards which are both woods/materials I've not used before. They've both come up nice and are going to look great on their respective builds. Next week will see work begin on the bodies. Aside from the thru-neck, I won't be posting too many updates until they're ready for spraying as they are all fairly similar in style. However, that Ziricote top will be pulled off the shelf very soon so look out for that :) Have a great weekend!






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  • A couple of custom builds on at the moment, two are standard DC/DC3s but this one is a little bit special - 8-string thru-neck DC Half-fan multiscale with Ziricote top thumb ready to glue on...


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  • Tidy work dude!
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  • How do you like the Richlite Matt?
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  • How do you like the Richlite Matt?
    Hey Ross. Yeah, I'm quite happy with it actually. Wasn't sure when I received the blank - which resembled the look and feel of MDF! A little harder to slot as a result of the friction heat causing the epoxy to bind slightly with the saw - and that was using a brand new saw. Otherwise, glues well (using epoxy), sands up nicely, looks good being jet black and feels like a real nice piece of Ebony. I can definitely see the appeal as a synthetic alternative to Ebony and would have no issues working with it again if asked. Yet to play the neck but that one will be ready after Xmas... One for myself :) You okay? 
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  • Hey Ross. Yeah, I'm quite happy with it actually. Wasn't sure when I received the blank - which resembled the look and feel of MDF! A little harder to slot as a result of the friction heat causing the epoxy to bind slightly with the saw - and that was using a brand new saw. Otherwise, glues well (using epoxy), sands up nicely, looks good being jet black and feels like a real nice piece of Ebony. I can definitely see the appeal as a synthetic alternative to Ebony and would have no issues working with it again if asked. Yet to play the neck but that one will be ready after Xmas... One for myself :) You okay? 
    Nice - very interested I got offered a trade LP custom with a board in it so very interested :)

    I'm good Matt - I've ideas for the new year too - you will be involved!!!
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  • Hey Ross. Yeah, I'm quite happy with it actually. Wasn't sure when I received the blank - which resembled the look and feel of MDF! A little harder to slot as a result of the friction heat causing the epoxy to bind slightly with the saw - and that was using a brand new saw. Otherwise, glues well (using epoxy), sands up nicely, looks good being jet black and feels like a real nice piece of Ebony. I can definitely see the appeal as a synthetic alternative to Ebony and would have no issues working with it again if asked. Yet to play the neck but that one will be ready after Xmas... One for myself :) You okay? 
    Nice - very interested I got offered a trade LP custom with a board in it so very interested :)

    I'm good Matt - I've ideas for the new year too - you will be involved!!!
    Nice. I read many forum threads/arguments and the only real issue is those "traditionalists" who think anything but a wood fretboard is wrong. That's fine, for now, but as woods become scarce and subsequently protected under Cites, we all need to consider these alternatives. 
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  • Hey Ross. Yeah, I'm quite happy with it actually. Wasn't sure when I received the blank - which resembled the look and feel of MDF! A little harder to slot as a result of the friction heat causing the epoxy to bind slightly with the saw - and that was using a brand new saw. Otherwise, glues well (using epoxy), sands up nicely, looks good being jet black and feels like a real nice piece of Ebony. I can definitely see the appeal as a synthetic alternative to Ebony and would have no issues working with it again if asked. Yet to play the neck but that one will be ready after Xmas... One for myself :) You okay? 
    Nice - very interested I got offered a trade LP custom with a board in it so very interested :)

    I'm good Matt - I've ideas for the new year too - you will be involved!!!
    Nice. I read many forum threads/arguments about Richlite and the only real issue is those "traditionalists" who think anything but a wood fretboard is wrong. That's fine, for now, but as woods become scarce and subsequently protected under Cites, we all need to consider these alternatives.

    Look forward to hearing from you in the new year :)
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  • webrthomsonwebrthomson Frets: 375
    edited December 2017
    Hey Ross. Yeah, I'm quite happy with it actually. Wasn't sure when I received the blank - which resembled the look and feel of MDF! A little harder to slot as a result of the friction heat causing the epoxy to bind slightly with the saw - and that was using a brand new saw. Otherwise, glues well (using epoxy), sands up nicely, looks good being jet black and feels like a real nice piece of Ebony. I can definitely see the appeal as a synthetic alternative to Ebony and would have no issues working with it again if asked. Yet to play the neck but that one will be ready after Xmas... One for myself You okay? 
    Nice - very interested I got offered a trade LP custom with a board in it so very interested

    I'm good Matt - I've ideas for the new year too - you will be involved!!!
    Nice. I read many forum threads/arguments about Richlite and the only real issue is those "traditionalists" who think anything but a wood fretboard is wrong. That's fine, for now, but as woods become scarce and subsequently protected under Cites, we all need to consider these alternatives.

    Look forward to hearing from you in the new year

    Yeah - I tend to agree, I think the CITES listing of Rosewood and the subsequent rush of the big companies to Ebony, Pau Ferro etc. is only more likely to add these species to the list too. So pragmatically you are right we need to change our thinking up as guitarists and be open to alternatives – however we, as guitarists, are all slightly conservative in our views as evidenced when Gibson do anything that’s not faithful to a design made in the 1950’s

    Speak to you soon!

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  • Just a couple of pics of the latest Kemp Guitars custom DC that will be on it's way to Canada tomorrow. Yes, it's quite similar in looks and spec to some of my other recent work. However, aside from being a leftie, it's got a Half-fan multiscale fretboard with the revised 6-string scale lengths (25.5"-26") - which I think works better and really comes into play here as this guitar is setup with heavier 13-56 strings and is tuned to B standard... A perfect example of the need for a 6-string multiscale  Full spec: Sapele archtop body, Wenge/Sapele 3-piece neck, Macassar Ebony Half-fan multiscale fretboard loaded with Jescar FW57110SS fretwire, Gotoh fixed bridge and 381 Magnum Lock tuners (Cosmo Black) and Bare Knuckle Pickups Nailbomb...




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  • Something interesting arrived at the workshop the other day from @webrthomson - Leopardwood. Updates and full spec on this custom build coming soon...


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  • Exciting stuff can wait to see this transform into a guitar! :)
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  • Exciting stuff can wait to see this transform into a guitar! :)
    Got that top and the Pale Moon Ebony to sort out yet  =) 
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  • Exciting stuff can wait to see this transform into a guitar! :)
    Got that top and the Pale Moon Ebony to sort out yet  =) 
    Can't wait to see it Matt!

    Ross
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 9063

    Something interesting arrived at the workshop the other day from @webrthomson - Leopardwood. Updates and full spec on this custom build coming soon...


    Do you know the species name.   I have also seen similar sold as "lacewood", and some similar sold as lacewood that had much smaller medullary flecks.


    Anyway, the important thing is it needs a green stain to look like a crocodile ;)

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  • WezV said:

    Something interesting arrived at the workshop the other day from @webrthomson ;;- Leopardwood. Updates and full spec on this custom build coming soon...


    Do you know the species name.   I have also seen similar sold as "lacewood", and some similar sold as lacewood that had much smaller medullary flecks.


    Anyway, the important thing is it needs a green stain to look like a crocodile


    I didn't order it in myself, but it was sold as Leopardwood (Roupala montana). It is related to Lacewood, looks similar and is often called and/or mistaken for Lacewood. Being my first first-hand experience with Leopardwood, I read up in it and I understand that gLacewood is quite soft whereas Leopardwood is very dense (Janka Hardness of 2150 lb/f). There is no doubt by the weight of this neck blank that it's Leopardwood. The flecks, again unlike Lacewood, are only marginally softer than the rest of the wood so I don't foresee any issues in carving the neck - no more than when carving a Wenge neck. 

    Haha, I don't know if @webrthomson will go for the green stain-crocodile look =)
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  • Haha, I don't know if @webrthomson will go for the green stain-crocodile look =)
    Not sold on the green, the wood does look great though!
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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 453
    I’m really hoping I get lucky in that prize draw now...

    Is there anything way of confirming entries by the way? I think I pressed all the right buttons on Facebook... :-)
    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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  • JayGee said:
    I’m really hoping I get lucky in that prize draw now...

    Is there anything way of confirming entries by the way? I think I pressed all the right buttons on Facebook... :-)

    Message me your name (as it appears on your Facebook profile) and I will check my notifications :) 
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  • sgosdensgosden Frets: 667
    JayGee said:
    I’m really hoping I get lucky in that prize draw now...

    Is there anything way of confirming entries by the way? I think I pressed all the right buttons on Facebook... :-)

    Message me your name (as it appears on your Facebook profile) and I will check my notifications :) 
    Also got all my fingers and toes crossed on this one!!!
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    edited December 2017

    Christmas is on our doorsteps, the presents are all wrapped and the best part of the fridge space has been engulfed by a large headless bird! KEMP GUITARS WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. This will be the last update of the year: I leave you with these two custom beauties, in various stages of production. The DC 8-string Half-fan multiscale now ready for finish sanding and the latest custom DC build featuring a lot of Leopardwood and a Pale Moon Ebony fretboard  More on that one in the new year. Don't forget also, the Kemp Guitars competition will be closing on 1st January at midday (GMT) - with the winner being announced on the 2nd January. Details on the Facebook page. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1856
    Stunning work. I’m interested to hear more about the Richlite. It has been mainly negative feedback but I gather this is coming from traditionalists who don’t like change.
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  • lonestar said:
    Stunning work. I’m interested to hear more about the Richlite. It has been mainly negative feedback but I gather this is coming from traditionalists who don’t like change.


    Thanks lonestar. I've never used it before but have read the negative views too so I thought I'd give it a try on a build for myself and find out what the problem is. Yes, it's all to do with the fact that it's not wood - and a lot of Gibson players mainly don't seem to like that. Fact is, with the Rosewood family now affected by CITES restrictions, how soon before other species are affected. Okay, it could be some time yet before all easily obtainable woods are restricted, but it will happen and we (guitar builders and players) need to consider synthetic alternatives for fretboards. So far, it's been okay. I've machined it, hand slotted it and sanded it. All that's left for me to do now is play it. As soon as I've got this build finished, I will update on it but quite frankly there is nothing wrong with it as a fretboard material... Certainly not for the modern electric guitar and it's player as a alternative to Ebony, even Rosewood (Richie is available in brown too).

    Will keep you posted on this in the new year :) 

    Merry Christmas
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    edited December 2017
    Didn't think I'd post again until 2018 but I've been catching up on a bit of work on my own builds during the "crimbo limbo". These necks will soon be bolted to the forthcoming stock DC3 (white w/ black hardware) and a SS (with the Richlite fretboard and reverse F-head for my own collection), aptly named the "Pinky Dinky"... You can see why from this shot Happy new year to everyone on Thefretboard and thank you all for your kind words and support throughout 2017

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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 15013
    There are some beautiful pieces of wood on this thread.

    Nice work sir.
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