Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by vbasscustom, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. vbasscustom


    Sep 8, 2008
    ok so im a little confused, zebrano, zebrawood, same thing?:confused: or are they different, they look the same, and both have zebra in them, is that just another way of saying it?
  2. ysand


    Mar 26, 2005
    ebony, ebonol?
  3. LedBelli Bass

    LedBelli Bass Fine, Handmade Custom Bass Guitars

    Dec 25, 2008
    Pasco, WA
    Zebrano-Zebrawood. Yes, they are one and the same.
  4. T2W


    Feb 24, 2007
    Montreal, Canada.
    Yes they are the same, as for Ebony and Ebonol, they are not the same at all. Meant to look the same, yes.
  5. As for I know... we call it Zebrano (in Dutch) and the correct English word for it is Zebrawood.
  6. vbasscustom


    Sep 8, 2008
    cool, i was just wonderin
  7. DanielM


    Jan 6, 2007
    jup jup. very pretty stuff but not easy to work and very heavy! mind if you have a Zebrawood body you do get pretty good sustain.
  8. For my current build, I'm considering a Zebrawood top (6 mm) on a chambered Mahogany body. You say it isn't easy to work with.. is that because of the grain / open structure, making it hard to get a good finish or are there other unpleasant features I should know about?
  9. vbasscustom


    Sep 8, 2008
    splintering, not like the kind in your fingers, but when you cut it, or route it, it will sometimes take huge chucks out. so just watch for cracks, even hairline ones can cause big issues, ive used the stuff before, and i must say, i do intend to use it again. the end result is beautiful
  10. Thanks for the tip.. I'll think about it! It really is a beautiful wood!
  11. CH Design

    CH Design Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2007
    Ottawa, ON
    I've read on TB that is has an unpleasant odor. I've never worked with it so I don't know how much of a problem it is.
  12. bigTbass


    Nov 17, 2008
    I've also heard that it has an unpleasant odor but only when it is wet.

    Once finished the problem goes away.
  13. vbasscustom


    Sep 8, 2008
    well, it never had any smell when i used it, or maybe i just didnt notice, but i dont think it did, people like the smell of blood wood, i hate it
  14. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Toxic as all get out! Make sure you wear a respirator with this stuff, it is truly noxious. There is one bass out there I made with zebra, and it shall be the only one!
  15. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Inactive

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments

    You must have had a different species. All of the Zebrano that I work has a bit of a delightful aroma.
  16. vbasscustom


    Sep 8, 2008
    well, it was zebra wood, standard zebra, i asked, no special species. but it didnt smell, itv had a little woody smell, like all does, but thats it
  17. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC

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