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Zebrawood Tele

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by chromaken, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Have you considered an Acrylic Lacquer finish? I find that stays pretty clear, and if you buff it out it adds a mirror like finish.
     
  2. JasonRobert

    JasonRobert Tele-Holic

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    I use acrylic lacquer. its very good stuff, although it can be slightly "sticky" to the touch.
     
  3. maiga

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    Nice!

    Have you considered losing the Tele control plate for one on the back, and just have shiny knobs on wood?

    The more of that stuff is on show and not hidden behind pickguards and such, the better I reckon...
     
  4. chromaken

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    Yes, I have been thinking about pickguard vs. no pickguard. I tried to visualize it both ways. 1 w/o and the controls laid out tele style or with a tele control plate, and then also with the guard. I know it may be a sin to cover nice wood, but it seems so naked without the guard. I know the guitar no longer has a "traditional" Tele look, but I am not sure about the guard, although when it is done, it may be too far from traditional to have the same appeal anyways... I have not tried acrylic laquer. I do not have much experience at all with painting... So I am trying to take it slow. It is in a hodling pattern at the moment as I try different paints, shades, fills etc. I have never been so patient / impatient with a project before. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but its a long walk~!
     
  5. cmatthes

    cmatthes Tele-Meister

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    What about a clear guard?
     
  6. TELE_BLUES

    TELE_BLUES Tele-Afflicted

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    same look as flamed maple top...kinda.Very nice wood no matter which way its it's facing
     
  7. martyb1

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    Ahh,the joys of Zebrawood
    I have been working on this off and on for 3 months.I have to say zebrawood has to be one of the nastiest woods I have worked with.The grain is relentless
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    I am not sure just how many times I have filled this,a lot
    Just about got it
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  8. chromaken

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    That looks amazing. What did you use to fill the pores?
     
  9. martyb1

    martyb1 Tele-Afflicted

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    All the stuff I use is water based
    It is made by Target Coatings
    Target

    Right now there is a couple coats of the filler and lots of coats of the 8800 sealer.It actually fills almost as good as the filler
    Really nice stuff to work with
     
  10. chromaken

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    Thank you Marty.
     
  11. jkingma

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    The zebrawood you have looks nice but I am not really keen on having the grain run the "wrong" way. It just doesn't look right to me.
     
  12. SixShooter

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    Hey, break the rules. Isn't that what rock n roll is about? I love it.
     
  13. jimdkc

    jimdkc Friend of Leo's

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    Love the "wrong way" grain! Looks so cool!

    I'd actually like to see one with the grain running at a 45 deg. angle...

    Jim
     
  14. PraiseCaster

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    My son used nitro to fill the grain on my pickguard. He'd spray a coat, sand. Spray a coat, sand. Repeat a dozen or so times.

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    Turned out nice.

    Oh, and yeah, it breaks the rules (grain direction), but thats a cool way to break the rules!
     
  15. Satyrist777

    Satyrist777 NEW MEMBER!

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    Very Cool. I actually have a solid zebrawood Schecter tele. Amazing wood, great grain, but damn heavy and a little too bright for my tastes. a little like maple. Had this one for years, and finally got motivated, so I'm transforming it into my custom tele with a new body etc...

    Anyway, my zebrawood body appears to be oil and wax finished. You can still feel the grain. So apparently that's an option. Good luck!
     
  16. chromaken

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    Oh Crap. If my Zebra Tele is maple sounding, I am not going to be a happy camper. That is my least favorite solid body sound, such a lack of lows.
     
  17. Colt W. Knight

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    I think that when its used an automotive finish catalysts or hardeners are added, but Im not sure, as I know nothing about paint.
     
  18. chromaken

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    An update, a couple coats of clear and my Kender logo.

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  19. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Whoa. thats pretty.

    How did you do your logo?
     
  20. chromaken

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    Just used paint.net to change the F to a K, then got some waterslide decal paper (ebay). Print then spray decal with clear to keep color from running, then apply like you would on a model. The decal edges disappear after a few coats of clear. I looked around the internet for samples of stones and pearls, abalone, etc.. used the layering part of paint.net to put the sample of abalone under the lettering. thanks
     
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