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zebrawood question

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by uponwaking, Jan 16, 2006.


  1. uponwaking

    uponwaking

    Jan 10, 2006
    Kingston, ON
    I really like the look of raw zebrawood, but when it's finished i find it's too dark and loses its contrast. Does anyone know of a wood that when is finished has a similiar look to zebrawood and has that contrast of light and dark? OR a way to finish zebrawood that leaves it light and dark?
     
  2. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    Tru Oil only subtly turns it a honey brown on the light bits.
    Here's a picture of one I did:
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    It really doesn't darken that much unless you oil it or stain it, I should say at least the pieces I've worked with so far acted that way.
    Dirk
     
  3. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Danish oil (8-10 coats) :
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    I think the wood selection plays more important role in darkening then finish . On this bass the wings are made from the different billets of zebrawood, there is clean difference, lower wing is darker:

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    whole progress thread:
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=196032:bawl:
     
  4. uponwaking

    uponwaking

    Jan 10, 2006
    Kingston, ON
    Thanks for the tips! I'll definitely take a good look at the pieces before i buy them, then either go with truoil or danish oil.