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  • Megii said:
    Beautiful looking guitar ^ - what's the fingerboard wood, if I may ask?

    Hi Megii,

    Thanks for the comment - it's simple, but I love Sapele and it comes alive with a finish and black hardware.

    The fretboard is Makore (aka African Cherry amongst other names) and is quite similar to Mahogany - denser with a slighter deeper tone. Often figured and used as acoustic guitar back and sides. I recently sold the last of my Makore fretboard blank stock... Wish I'd kept them all now - I'll have to get some more.

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  • MegiiMegii Frets: 741
    Megii said:
    Beautiful looking guitar ^ - what's the fingerboard wood, if I may ask?

    Hi Megii,

    Thanks for the comment - it's simple, but I love Sapele and it comes alive with a finish and black hardware.

    The fretboard is Makore (aka African Cherry amongst other names) and is quite similar to Mahogany - denser with a slighter deeper tone. Often figured and used as acoustic guitar back and sides. I recently sold the last of my Makore fretboard blank stock... Wish I'd kept them all now - I'll have to get some more.

    The Sapele certainly does look lovely finished like that. Makore is a new one on me, but I like the look of it I must say. :)
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  • I was hoping to start a full-on build progress thread for a new custom build (KM-I carve-top) I started yesterday, but I decided against it. However, that Wenge top that appears in a photo a few posts ago...



    15mm bookmatched Wenge top on 28mm Sapele body, five-piece Maple/Purpleheart neck and Ebony fretboard.

    Will have to be put aside for a couple of days now but I'm looking forward to this one

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  • This isn't the type of thing I normally like but I think these look great. The shapes and the woods go really well together. 
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  • Sapele + Oil + Black Hardware = KM-I #3...

    If you fancied this guitar it appears to be up for sale on ebay. As I already have three Kemp guitars (including KM 1 #1) I won't be bidding - and if I was I wouldn't tell FB ;)

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/172473100358?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT


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  • If you fancied this guitar it appears to be up for sale on ebay. As I already have three Kemp guitars (including KM 1 #1) I won't be bidding - and if I was I wouldn't tell FB ;)

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/172473100358?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT


    Thanks John. I wasn't sure on the rules for posting links to auction listings, etc.

    Indeed, it's available. Christmas has dried out bank accounts for most so if you have a pot of cash stashed away, you might well be able to bag yourself a bargain here.

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  • Our next stock build (KM-II #2) is getting there... Neck carve tomorrow and then it'll be time to prep for an oil finish. As with the first KM-I build, the (TonePros) Tune-O-Matic bridge has been recessed to avoid the need for a neck angle.



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  • Our next stock build (KM-II #2) is getting there... Neck carve tomorrow and then it'll be time to prep for an oil finish. As with the first KM-I build, the (TonePros) Tune-O-Matic bridge has been recessed to avoid the need for a neck angle.



    Ooo....now that, I like.
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • KM-II #2 neck carve completed today, followed by hours of sanding in prep for the Tung Oil finish. Should have this one finished before the end of the week.


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  • Our next stock build (KM-II #2) is getting there... Neck carve tomorrow and then it'll be time to prep for an oil finish. As with the first KM-I build, the (TonePros) Tune-O-Matic bridge has been recessed to avoid the need for a neck angle.

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    Ooo....now that, I like.

    The recessed TOM or the whole thing?

    Did this with the first KM-I. Being a flat-top, the string height across the body would be ridiculously high if I'd gone with a neck angle.

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  • Our next stock build (KM-II #2) is getting there... Neck carve tomorrow and then it'll be time to prep for an oil finish. As with the first KM-I build, the (TonePros) Tune-O-Matic bridge has been recessed to avoid the need for a neck angle.

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    Ooo....now that, I like.

    The recessed TOM or the whole thing?

    Did this with the first KM-I. Being a flat-top, the string height across the body would be ridiculously high if I'd gone with a neck angle.

    The whole thing, mate. The recessed ToM is a genius move, though; not seen that before. My only question is whether it would cause problems with the break angle as the strings meet the body - I'd have thought it would make sense to move the string-through holes a fair bit closer to the bridge...?
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • Our next stock build (KM-II #2) is getting there... Neck carve tomorrow and then it'll be time to prep for an oil finish. As with the first KM-I build, the (TonePros) Tune-O-Matic bridge has been recessed to avoid the need for a neck angle.

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    Ooo....now that, I like.

    The recessed TOM or the whole thing?

    Did this with the first KM-I. Being a flat-top, the string height across the body would be ridiculously high if I'd gone with a neck angle.

    The whole thing, mate. The recessed ToM is a genius move, though; not seen that before. My only question is whether it would cause problems with the break angle as the strings meet the body - I'd have thought it would make sense to move the string-through holes a fair bit closer to the bridge...?


    Wenge on Limba seems to be a winning combination, great response everywhere I post :)

    With regards to the break angle over the bridge, I've drilled the strings-thru at 1.5" away from the bridge on the centreline. I wouldn't go any further back but this works - no less angle than if I was using a stop tailpiece.

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  • Wenge on Limba seems to be a winning combination, great response everywhere I post :)

    With regards to the break angle over the bridge, I've drilled the strings-thru at 1.5" away from the bridge on the centreline. I wouldn't go any further back but this works - no less angle than if I was using a stop tailpiece.

    I'm a big fan of both woods. I've got a black limba Tele and a wenge on swamp ash Tele, both made by Jaden, and they're my favourite guitars by a massive margin.

    I wasn't criticising about the break angle, by the way...just getting my head around it. 

    Are you at The Guitar Show at the end of Feb? I'd love to try one of these out...
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • Wenge on Limba seems to be a winning combination, great response everywhere I post :)

    With regards to the break angle over the bridge, I've drilled the strings-thru at 1.5" away from the bridge on the centreline. I wouldn't go any further back but this works - no less angle than if I was using a stop tailpiece.

    I'm a big fan of both woods. I've got a black limba Tele and a wenge on swamp ash Tele, both made by Jaden, and they're my favourite guitars by a massive margin.

    I wasn't criticising about the break angle, by the way...just getting my head around it. 

    Are you at The Guitar Show at the end of Feb? I'd love to try one of these out...

    No, no worries, I didn't think you were criticising :) It was a good question.

    Unfortunately, no shows this year. I did want to do a couple this year but after the recent rebranding, etc, these will now have to wait until next year.

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  •  The other 7-string build (Black Walnut KM-II custom) I'm working on is now ready for fret dress/polish and assembly...


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  •  The other 7-string build (Black Walnut KM-II custom) I'm working on is now ready for fret dress/polish and assembly...


    That is an amazing looking guitar - I love the walnut - what sort of ball park is a 6 string version of that (non floyd)?

    Thanks!
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  • equalsqlequalsql Frets: 2003
    Wow,. What can I say. I normally hate pointy guitars but.these are amazing! There's almost an Alembic vibe to these instruments.
    (pronounced: equal-sequel)   "I suffered for my art.. now it's your turn"
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  •  webrthomson said:

     The other 7-string build (Black Walnut KM-II custom) I'm working on is now ready for fret dress/polish and assembly...


    That is an amazing looking guitar - I love the walnut - what sort of ball park is a 6 string version of that (non floyd)?

    Thanks!

    Comments very much appreciated, thank you.

    With regards to pricing, I'm not sure of the forum's policy with regards to answering that publicly so I'll send you a message shortly :)


    equalsql said:
    Wow,. What can I say. I normally hate pointy guitars but.these are amazing! There's almost an Alembic vibe to these instruments.

    Thanks equalsql.

    If only I could charge Alembic prices :# I don't know if I could ever justify that, but seriously, I recently worked with a guy who wanted a bass which was to be heavily influenced by Alembic in shape. Unfortunately, the build was ditched last minute and I never got to build that - so many different wood species, multi-laminate body and neck, etc. The idea for the shorter horn on my KM-I shape was influenced by the body template I made up for that build.

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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 7900
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    With regards to pricing, I'm not sure of the forum's policy with regards to answering that publicly so I'll send you a message shortly

    Don't worry about it - absolutely no problem putting prices up when you're actively contributing :)

    (I'm actually quite curious too, and for the previous two guitars you posted)
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  • With regards to pricing, I'm not sure of the forum's policy with regards to answering that publicly so I'll send you a message shortly

    Don't worry about it - absolutely no problem putting prices up when you're actively contributing :)

    (I'm actually quite curious too, and for the previous two guitars you posted)


     Thanks for the info, digitalscream.

    In that case, here's what I said to webrthomson;

    The Walnut KM-II custom in the photo is costing my customer £1670 - which includes the Floyd Rose, Bare Knuckle Pickups (7-string Juggarnaut set), stainless steel frets, hard case and shipping to USA (approx. £80).

    Let us say you ditched the Floyd and went with, for example, a Hipshot bridge or TonePros TOM, and added the shipping rate for UK, you're probably looking at around £1550.

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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 20
    edited January 18

    Juggarnauts!!!

    Frets dressed/polished and pickups in (Bare Knuckle Pickups Juggarnaut set with Black Battleworn covers)... We should have this one finished tomorrow and photographed for the website gallery on Friday - I'll post some here too. I'm also waiting for the oil finish to dry overnight on the 7-string KM-II #2 build, so we should have both guitars complete before the weekend

    PS. Yes, the fleece blanket with lions all over it... If it's good enough for a baby's skin, it's good enough for protecting a brand new guitar finish!



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