Kemp Guitars *2017-2018* Build Thread

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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    The Pinky Dinky saga continued...

    Body repaired =)

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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 15200
    Just catching up on this thread.

    You manage to find some beautiful pieces of timber!

    PME - wow.
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 2018
    TTony said:
    Just catching up on this thread.

    You manage to find some beautiful pieces of timber!

    PME - wow.

    The Leopardwood/PME build woods were actually supplied by my client... And familiar Thefretboard face @webrthomson very nice examples of very nice exotic woods though, definitely 
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  • Yup guilty as charged - I've been collecting some more unusual timber for a couple of years, mostly from sources in the USA.

    The Leopardwood build is the first outing for some of the collection and Matt @KempGuitars is doing a great job with it! :)
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30
    Yup guilty as charged - I've been collecting some more unusual timber for a couple of years, mostly from sources in the USA.

    The Leopardwood build is the first outing for some of the collection and Matt @KempGuitars is doing a great job with it!

    Thank you sir  

    Unclamped the top yesterday and unfortunately my (spare) router packed up as I did the Pinky Dinky. Got a new one coming today so I'll clean up yours tomorrow and get some more pics up
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  • Excellent stuff - loving seeing this come together!

     That 8 string DC is an absolute monster too :)

    The resurrection of the "Pinky Dinky"... Part 2


    Is it wrong that I think that looks cool already - never mind your relic’ed – this is full on broken!!!

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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    Excellent stuff - loving seeing this come together!

     That 8 string DC is an absolute monster too

    The resurrection of the "Pinky Dinky"... Part 2

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    Is it wrong that I think that looks cool already - never mind your relic’ed – this is full on broken!!!


    Nah, this isn't broken... Regular three piece body now. I know most builders would've scrapped that body and started again for the sake of £30 of wood... But this is how most bodies start out so why waste it?

    Does look a bit mad like this but I'm thinking a solid burst to refinish
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30
    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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  • Looking good - those luminlay dots stand out nicely on the PME board :)

    Ebony layer is looking good too - 100% inspired by (well, okay copied from) @Andyjr1515 build for @impmann recently - it looked cracking on that, so I've borrowed the idea for this build too!

    Coming together very nicely Matt! :)

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  • Looking good - those luminlay dots stand out nicely on the PME board :)

    Ebony layer is looking good too - 100% inspired by (well, okay copied from) @Andyjr1515 build for @impmann recently - it looked cracking on that, so I've borrowed the idea for this build too!

    Coming together very nicely Matt! :)

    Well, I can guarantee that @Andyjr1515 will, in turn, have copied it from someone else....he's just that kind of guy

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  • webrthomsonwebrthomson Frets: 444
    edited February 2018
    Looking good - those luminlay dots stand out nicely on the PME board

    Ebony layer is looking good too - 100% inspired by (well, okay copied from) @Andyjr1515 build for @impmann recently - it looked cracking on that, so I've borrowed the idea for this build too!

    Coming together very nicely Matt!

    Well, I can guarantee that @Andyjr1515 will, in turn, have copied it from someone else....he's just that kind of guy

    Well played sir - I thought it made the arm carve look very nice - so I thought I'd flatter you by copying it, well more accurately asking Matt to

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  • Looking good - those luminlay dots stand out nicely on the PME board :)

    Ebony layer is looking good too - 100% inspired by (well, okay copied from) @Andyjr1515 build for @impmann recently - it looked cracking on that, so I've borrowed the idea for this build too!

    Coming together very nicely Matt! :)

    Thanks Ross =)

    Yep, the Luminlay does stand out nicely. Even more so once the PME darkens down a couple of shades once it's got some oil on it.

    Is looking very nice with the Ebony. Wise choice... and a compliment to @Andyjr1515 for the inspiration ;)


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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited February 4

    The resurrection of the "Pinky Dinky"...

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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    Fishman Fluence Modern pups for the custom DC Leopardwood top... @webrthomson Forgot I have to put in a battery box... Could've been a disaster!!!

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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    The resurrection of the Pinky Dinky... - 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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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    Not seen the back of the custom DC Leopardwood yet @webrthomson Finished the last of the routing today, here it is ready for hand carving (neck, tummy and forearm contours)…


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  • Looking amazing Matt - awesome work :)
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  • Looking amazing Matt - awesome work :)
    Thanks Ross =) 
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    Nine years building, first time bending a droptop (7mm Flame Maple) over a forearm contour. No cracks thumb 

    New custom build (1 of 3 just started) which'll be regularly appearing over the coming weeks...


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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    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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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    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" 1f600png

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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    Introducing the Pinky Dinky 1f601png

    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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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    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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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    What's been happening in the Kemp workshop this week so far...

    Firstly, sorting out some wood for the new batch of customs just started, including this Ash (custom 7-string SD carvetop) body with Maple neck and Flame Maple fretboard...


    And today @webrthomson I've been carving the Leopardwood neck...



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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    Flame Maple and lots of...

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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    Coming in to land...

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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    About to get to work on finishing the Leopardwood DC - been waiting two weeks for Tru-Oil delivery. In the meantime, the latest batch of (Maple) necks now ready for carving. This will be done after the bodies have been routed out and are ready for finishing...

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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    edited January 30

    Leopardwood thru-neck looking a little bit dull as I finish sand it... @webrthomson ;;That'll all change tomorrow ☺ 

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  • webrthomsonwebrthomson Frets: 444
    Nice - can't wait to see this get some Tru-oil on there! :)
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 181
    Nice - can't wait to see this get some Tru-oil on there! :)

    I'll post pics tomorrow ☺
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