Kemp Guitars 2019 (and beyond) Build Thread

KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 125
edited February 8 in Made in the UK

It's 2019 and it's my 10th year of building guitars "from scratch", so I decided to start a new thread to coincide with this and the long list of ideas I have for Kemp Guitars this year.

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Here's the first build of the year - Idigbo Strat-body, Maple neck with Rosewood fretboard, Tonerider "Octane" Alnico 8 pup and a stunning matte Metallic Purple finish

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  • DixieDixie Frets: 7
    Very nice! the finishes look superb :)
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  • webrthomsonwebrthomson Frets: 438
    Welcome back Matt - love the purple one!

    Ross
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  • grappagreengrappagreen Frets: 232
    They do look super tidy.. love the finishes as well..
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 125
    edited February 8

    So it's 2019 and Kemp Guitars has been building for 10 years now. During my time away from the forums throughout the second half of 2018, there were a couple of changes made as a result of my increasingly painful back/shoulders, and I had decided to start using CNC machined bodies and necks.

    After speaking to a couple of potential companies who could do the work for me (as I didn't have the funds or CNC knowledge to do it myself) it became apparent that my options would be limited if I wanted to keep costs to an acceptable level. This would see me making nothing but Strat or Tele style builds - such as the Metallic Purple guitar in the opening post of this thread. Yeah, it was fun taking these traditional shapes/styling and turning them into something... well, less traditional, but it really wasn't what I wanted to be doing long-term, and, unfortunately, the costs of incorporating my own body shapes, etc into the CNC work was going to be too high - and definitely not a cost I could justify passing on to my clients.

    Over the past week, as I lay indoors recovering from flu, I decided that I just couldn't do it and Kemp Guitars had to remain the way it should be for the boutique custom guitar manufacturer... handcrafted bodies and necks... NO CNC!


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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 125
    edited February 8

     So, having decided against using the CNC Stratocaster's, I did have one last guitar planned. This will be a handcrafted build and it will be the Kiwi Green finish - as unofficially voted for on my social media posts. I will continue with this one next week, as soon as I've recovered from this damn flu-virus :#

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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 125

    Doesn't seem to many who are aware of this...

    CITES Standing Committee to exempt “finished musical instruments”, “finished musical instrument parts” and “finished musical instrument accessories” from its licensing requirements...

    http://mmrmagazine.com/mmr-global/mmr-global-gear/breakthrough-at-latest-cites-meeting/

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  • DrBobDrBob Frets: 1907
    I think it’s great that you’re back building the full fat Kemp guitars, but I also thought the superstrats were cool. Is there any value in maybe keeping the two lines alive ? Full on Kemp as the Haute Couture offering with the Superstrats as a Pret A Porter alternative?
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 125
    edited February 10
    DrBob said:
    I think it’s great that you’re back building the full fat Kemp guitars, but I also thought the superstrats were cool. Is there any value in maybe keeping the two lines alive ? Full on Kemp as the Haute Couture offering with the Superstrats as a Pret A Porter alternative?
    Thanks DrBob, it's good to be back doing what I want to be doing. The Strat-body will remain an option so there will be more of those to come still... Including that Kiwi Green one I already have planned above  
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