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Zebrano for om acoustic with cutaway?

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Zebrano for om acoustic with cutaway?

Postby Luke Ashington » Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:27 pm

Hi all, thanks for the add. Looking forward to reading up on this forum!

I am a joiner/furniture maker and have played acoustic for many years. I have always wanted to build my own guitar and the time has finally come! I am reading all I can on the subject and watching copious videos. My question is, what are people's thoughts on Zebrano for the back and sides. I.e, workability, finish, and sound etc. it is one of my favourite species and would love to use it. Although it doesn't seem to be very expensive tonewood, this could be ideal if something goes wrong!

Thank you for reading

Luke
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Re: Zebrano for om acoustic with cutaway?

Postby Rodger Knox » Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:18 pm

I believe that's what is also known as zebra wood, and it has been used as back and sides.
The only bad thing about it is the smell, which is less pleasant than rosewood.
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Re: Zebrano for om acoustic with cutaway?

Postby Randy Roberts » Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:38 pm

Boy, I'm with you Rodger... reminds me of farrowing units in the winter, definitely not a perfume ingredient.
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Re: Zebrano for om acoustic with cutaway?

Postby Bob Gramann » Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:37 pm

I made a Zebrawood jumbo many years ago. It was a very successful guitar. It sounded quite nice and it had a distinctive look. I think I remember that it liked to crack along the grain when bending, so it needs to be supported. The odor reminded me of overused shoes.
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Re: Zebrano for om acoustic with cutaway?

Postby Bryan Bear » Tue Aug 18, 2015 12:02 am

Rosewood smells like roses, zebra wood smells like. . . <g>

I've not made a guitar with it but I have seen several on the various fora. It is not super common but definitely not uncharted territory. I wouldn't hesitate to use it if I hade a large enough board.
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Re: Zebrano for om acoustic with cutaway?

Postby Luke Ashington » Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:30 am

Thanks for your input guys. Looks like I'll be wearing a mask haha. It's about £50/$80 for a book matched back and ribs so I'll get them to get started with.
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