Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2 - Progress and Completion

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  1. KempGuitars

    KempGuitars UK Custom Builder Vendor

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    KempGuitars UK Custom Builder Vendor

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    Before posting these next pics, I would like to mention that I am currently building other guitars besides these and they will appear very soon. In the meantime; now on the blanket and not far off completion...

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    These two are now on pre-sale - priced at £1599 for the DC (Kiwi) and £1699 for the SS (Orange). Prices include hard case and UK shipping (overseas shipping can be calculated on request). 33% deposit to reserve - both will be ready to ship by the end of this month (August 2017). PM or email matt@kempguitars.co.uk, thank you
     
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    Finished these two...

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    PS. "Half-fan" is the name I have adopted for the multiscale layout used on these guitars - and future builds. Instead of the placing the neutral (zero degree) fret halfway down the fretboard, I have positioned it at the bridge. Why? Recent research tells me that as you play closer to the guitar's body your hand and wrist resumes a more natural position - meaning the angled frets are no real benefit at this point. So, in addition to all the same benefits of a "regular" multiscale guitar, the half-fan multiscale allows the use of any standard guitar bridge and pickups (you are no longer limited to single bridge units or expensive custom made bridge plates, nor do you have to bear the expense of a custom made angled pickup - not yet available from all pickup manufacturers). The half-fan system is also less daunting for those new to multiscale, as I'm often asked "how easy is it to adapt to a multiscale". Described as "much more logical and playable than the standard approach", I believe the half-fan is the way to go and can be applied to any number of strings.
     
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    Fantastic innovation, fantastic craftsmanship and fantastic choice of colours!
     
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    Thanks again Jim. It's always gives me a boost to hear these positive comments when trying something new :)
     
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    Awesome! This means the half-fan allows using an Evertune bridge. That combination would be ace.
     
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    Yep :) Any bridge can be installed and used with the half-fan multiscale layout. In terms of position on the body, intonating, etc, you wouldn't know the frets were fanned or spread across different scale lengths. That's the beauty of it!
     
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    Next build... How about a San-Dimas/Strat-body inspired guitar? Leftie version? And what about an archtop body... And reverse headstock... Yeah! I've also got a fair bit of Wenge and Maple to use up so we'll have some of that too :) Now to decide on the colour.

    We're also about to get to work on a custom 8-string multiscale V but the Buckeye Burl top for that is currently sitting in a warehouse in Bodmin with a £40 customs charge on it to be paid More on that one asap.

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    ^ cool build...just missing a single coil at the neck
     
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    Contemplating it but I'm not a neck pickup user, certainly not single coils. Perhaps I will look into SL-59 or Quarter Pounder.
     
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    The left-handed archtop Strat-body build taking shape. Going with a blue on this one, black Gotoh hardware and Seymour Duncan Distortion (white) - decided not to go with the neck pickup. Not "cutting costs", just not adding expense as I think this'll be a one-off unless I get the demand - I'm not big on the traditional Strat body...

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    We are back online having recently moved house. Unfortunately, not much to report on the build-front as I've been unpacking boxes... However, that leftie Strat-body is ready for spraying (delayed as a result of the move) and the Buckeye Burl top for the custom 8-string multiscale KR3 is now in stock and dry enough to use.

    In the meantime, started work on a new design (DC3) a couple of weeks ago. This build is purely to get a feel of the shape, so no half-fan fretboard or luminous paint job on this one. Instead, it'll be left natural...

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    I've also started making a little progress on an 8-string Multiscale neck-thru V, starting with the Wenge/Maple neck, on to which I'm gluing a Marblewood fretboard and Buckeye Burl head plate (to mirror the Buckeye top on the Swamp Ash body)...

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    On the bench at the moment... Includes the custom 8-string multiscale KR3 I've spoken of before. The 3-piece Wenge and Maple (thru-body) neck with Marblewood fretboard is ready to glue Swamp Ash wings to before a figured Buckeye Burl top goes on...

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    And that leftie Archtop Strat-body that I was last seen working on last month...

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    SHOCK BLUE!! :)
     
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    I'm just wondering that why the heck nobody else have not applied this before?? This sounds to me the most viable solution what comes to fanned frets. Great job!
     
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    Thanks Snarpaasi, I appreciate your post. I wasn't a big fan of fanned frets but I'm getting on with the "half-fan" layout nicely. It makes sense to me - tried and tested - and I've had others say exactly the same as you. I don't really know why we haven't seen this layout used more often - I know one particular Australian builder has started using this layout on his production models and Strandberg use a similar layout but with the neutral fret at the nut. I will be using the half-fan layout as standard from now on - although I will also happily use the "traditional" layout on request.
     
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    wow...that v is gonna look amazing.

    did you sell the green dc?
     
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    Hopefully, thanks M3CHK1LLA :)

    The DC has now gone but I'd love to use that green again... Hoping to open up a run of semi-custom builds very soon. Full choice of finish colours, just slightly limited on the other spec options - which will be reflected in the price. I'll post about that once I've finalised the options.
     
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    All glued up; KR3 with it's Swamp Ash (body) wings and Buckeye Burl top. I will be filling those couple of bark pockets/voids in the Buckeye next - sadly, no way of avoiding them. Hardware will be BKP 16 degree angled Painkiller, ABM 3210 single bridges and Hipshot Grip-lock.

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    And that archtop Strat-body (not quite finished but I it's coming together). There's been a delay on cases but the delivery should come through tomorrow so I can get on with installing machine heads and stringing up, etc to finish. Leftie archtop old-school Superstrat... Anyone interested in it? Open to offers/questions - UK customers only (due to Rosewood/CITES), sorry. Will post finished pics and full spec in the next couple of days.

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