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Zebrawood Fretboard??

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by wvumaniac79, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. wvumaniac79

    wvumaniac79 TDPRI Member

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    Hi! The other day at a wood store i saw a piece of zebrawood about the size of a fretboard which made me wonder...has anyone ever tried this?:?:
     
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    I've not tried to use zebrano for a fingerboard, but I wouldn't of thought that it's suitable (my guess is it would wear quite rapidly). Great for bodies as it's quite similar to ash and looks a million dollars.
     
  3. wvumaniac79

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    Yeah i would think you would be right. I just wanted to be sure because it just looks so cool
     
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    Try Wenge. Looks cool and is at least as hard as rosewood. It can be splintery when working but once sanded has a great feel.
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  5. wvumaniac79

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    Woah! That does look cool! Thanks, I might try that.
     
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    Jeeez...There ya go, stealin' my ideas! ;)
     
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    Microberlinia brazzavillensis has a density of 0.65–0.73 g/cm³.

    Acer saccharum: 0.63-0.68g/cm3.
     
  8. wvumaniac79

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    Ooops sorry :lol:
     
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    The thing about Zebrawood is it's very course in texture and splintery. Maybe with an epoxy finish on it?
     
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    Zebrawood should work OK from a hardness/strength perspective. I'd worry that the lighter wood would show dirt though.
     
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    True. But maple is used for fretboards too and i would think it would be even lighter?
     
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    That could work. I've never done an epoxy finish before though
     
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    Why not take inspiration from Rickenbacker, and lacquer the fretboard?

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    If I remember correctly, zebrawood smells like a wet dog when you mill it.

    I guess that is a bonus if you like wet dogs.
     
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    Neither have I. But since the Zebrawood wouldn't be a very nice playing surface after the lacquer wore away, I think you'd want something as durable as possible. I'm just guessing that epoxy may be a better choice.
     
  16. wvumaniac79

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    Yeah i've used epoxy on other things, once it dries completely its very sturdy
     
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    It sounds like a hassle. I bet it would look cool as all get out. I for one hope you give it a go.
     
  18. wvumaniac79

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    Yeah, I'll at least give it a try. I mean I've got nothing to lose right?
     
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    How do you guys upload images? i cant figure it out, i did a mock up of what it would look like but i cant upload, Thanks
     
  20. herr_rudolf

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    Join photobucket (or something similar) to upload your pics. You'll get the individual 'IMG'-code to copy and paste into your posts. That's what I do...

    Good luck.
     
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