Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    Put the first coat of oil on the Leopardwood DC today. Stupidly didn't take photos but there is a video on my FB page... Hope it's okay to link: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1246044848872192&id=134315423378479

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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    @webrthomson last post =) 
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  • webrthomsonwebrthomson Frets: 375
    @webrthomson last post =) 
    Well that looks amazing Matt - no other words for it - always knew that was going to pop out but thats cool as! :)
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    @webrthomson last post =) 
    Well that looks amazing Matt - no other words for it - always knew that was going to pop out but thats cool as! :)
    Does look great, been waiting for this monent since I first got my hands on that Leopardwood... Also means we're on the final straight with the build as a whole now =) 
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  • Jez6345789Jez6345789 Frets: 942
    Have to say some lovely work going on here and as much as I am not much of a modern metal fan I do love their love of wood the leopard stuff looked fantastic and the Charvel hommage great work.
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    @Jez6345789 Thank you sir =) 
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122

    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 D



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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    edited March 21

    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 D ...

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    All cleaned up...



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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122

    Warning: Pic heavy post D

    Hope you're all having a good weekend. I've been wiring up some Fishman's and finished this wild beast... @webrthomson

    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...

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    Sorry, I know it's more pictures than usual in one go... Hope you don't mind  

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  • webrthomsonwebrthomson Frets: 375
    Right it's official, I'm now very excited to get my hands on this! It looks amazing with the Tru-oil on Matt :)
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    Right it's official, I'm now very excited to get my hands on this! It looks amazing with the Tru-oil on Matt :)

    Hey Ross. Glad to hear that... Won't be long now, I'll reply to your email shortly =) 
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  • GluedtoMusicGluedtoMusic Frets: 30
    That neck is stunning, great work!
    Supplier of Gotoh, Schaller, Hipshot, Faber, Floyd Rose, TonePros, Graph Tech, Hosco luthier tools and many more.
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    That neck is stunning, great work!

    Thank you =) 
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122

    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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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122

    That green stained Flame Maple top again... But what's this? The Hulk-burst

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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122

    Me and the Hulk-burst enjoying the sunshine! Should be finished this time next week...


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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122

    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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  • grungebobgrungebob Frets: 1107
    man, the quality of your work looks stunning.
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    grungebob said:
    man, the quality of your work looks stunning.
    Thanks Grungebob  =)
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    edited May 25

    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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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122

    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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  • twguitartwguitar Frets: 0
    Great to see you here Matt, Ive only just joined but have been following your work on Facebook for a few years now. Always enjoy seeing build updates!
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    twguitar said:
    Great to see you here Matt, Ive only just joined but have been following your work on Facebook for a few years now. Always enjoy seeing build updates!

    Hey, good to see you here too
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    twguitar said:
    Great to see you here Matt, Ive only just joined but have been following your work on Facebook for a few years now. Always enjoy seeing build updates!

    Hey, good to see you here too

    Half my message has disappeared! Anyway, I did carry on to say that I would continue posting completed builds here but most of the progress stuff will now be on FB, Twitter and Instagram. 
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122

    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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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122

    Before I get on with this lot...

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    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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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122

    Two favourites - Macassar Ebony and Ziricote - slotted, tapered and now glued to necks...


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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122

     A quick update on what I'm working on right now - left-handed, bound Flame Maple and Ziricote =)


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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122

    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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  • Very nice Matt, love the blue - do I spy a drop top?

    How do you like the BKP Ragnarok's?

    Ross

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