Kemp Guitars (UK) thread

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  1. KempGuitars

    KempGuitars UK Custom Builder Vendor

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    You may already be familiar with my name - I was building/trading as Serpentine Guitars until late summer 2016, when I decided to make some changes to how I run the business and make guitars.

    It had been a hectic year and I wanted (needed) to take back a little control of the workload. I am still making custom guitars, and currently offer over 100 different custom options, but only in my own designs of body shapes - the KM-I and KM-II.

    These designs are a combination of all the best bits from previous Serpentine designs and more. They're all comfortable, well-balanced shapes that I feel offer something unique to me and Kemp Guitars.

    I recently completed a batch of stock guitars (working prototypes) which all sold very quickly, and I've started to receive some positive feedback about them. So now I plan to take Kemp Guitars up a notch throughout 2017 with more exciting builds in the pipeline - including the new KM-III (and reintroduced DC).

    In the meantime, here's a brief snapshot of what I've been doing with Kemp Guitars so far. Enjoy and feel free to get in touch/visit the Facebook page and website (links in signature)...

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    KempGuitars UK Custom Builder Vendor

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    Some more of what Kemp Guitars has been doing over the past few months...

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    All the recent showcase/working prototype builds were hand-signed. Future builds will have a Kemp decal on the headstock.

    This is the latest to be "completed" - 8-string multiscale RR/V with matte black finish, features ABM single string bridges, Lundgren M8 and Hipshot Grip-lock tuners. Sadly, one of the tuners has decided to play silly buggers and refuses to unlock, so I have to sort that out with Hipshot before I can continue and get this one strung up and setup before it heads out to Switzerland...

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    KempGuitars UK Custom Builder Vendor

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    Very interesting! Finally not just another Blackmachine rip-off.
     
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    KempGuitars UK Custom Builder Vendor

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    Something new to look out for in the very near future, amongst other things - my prototype KM-III (with Zebrano top on Ash body). The detailing (edging, etc) is yet to be decided, but probably the chamfered edge seen previously, perhaps with some deeper bevelling in the cutaway...

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    looks nice
     
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    Getting a little further with the Zebrano KM-III...

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    great work

    that v looks incredible
     
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    Thanks M3CHK1LLA - it sounds incredible too, I'll see if I can get a video
     
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    Latest build to be completed; custom 6-string KM-II with Black Walnut body, Maple/Black Walnut neck, Cocobolo fretboard, Gotoh hardware and BKP Nailbomb covered set, finished with Tru-Oil...

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    That looks amazing.
     
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    Why, thank you, sir :)
     
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    Next build to come out of the Kemp Guitars workshop will be this custom carve-top KM-I - Wenge on Mahogany body, 5-piece Maple/Purpleheart neck, Ebony fretboard, Floyd Rose, Schaller M6 tuners and BKP Cold Sweat (N)/Miracle Man(B). The first coat of Tru-Oil was laid this afternoon, aim to be finished by end of first week of May...

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    that wenge top is awesome :yesway:
     
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    Finished with Tru-Oil, our first KM-III is being put together now...

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    Ash body w/Zebrano top, Wenge/Sapele neck w/white pinstripes, Ebony fretboard...

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    It's finished, my first KM-III - Zebrano top on Ash body, Wenge/Sapele neck, Ebony fretboard, Hipshot bridge, Gotoh tuners and Tru-Oil finish... Enjoy [​IMG]

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    gorgeous.
     
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    A couple more pics of the latest build (KM-III #1)...

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    Amazing attention to detail on these builds. So tempted to pull the trigger on one of these. Love how you've lined up parts of the grain on the cavity cover!
     
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    Appreciate your comments :) As always, all KM designs available in 6, 7 or 8-string versions... Quote form at http://www.kempguitars.co.uk/custom-guitar-quote.html
     

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