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TacomaDR20 10-01-2012 02:51 PM

ziricote question
 
Any input on how suitable ziricote might be for a fingerboard? I have a piece that should be about the right size; just wondering how well it might work.

Rasmus 10-01-2012 03:12 PM

I used ziricote headplate, fingerboard and bridge on my latest (redwood/tasmanian blackwood OM) and I've got nothing but good to say about it. It Keeps the frets in place nicely, easy to work with and it feels great while playing.

I say go for it.

TacomaDR20 10-01-2012 04:15 PM

Thanks Rasmus. No issues with splintering? The piece I have is very straight.

Tony_in_NYC 10-01-2012 06:41 PM

I have used it for a fretboard. It is not splintery, but it has a nickname you should be aware of, Mexican crackwood, because it does like to develop checks and cracks, especially along the black grain lines. However, I have used it successfully for bridges as well so if you have a good piece, go for it. If you get any checks, fill with sawdust and CA and level the repair. My last ziricote fretboard developed several small checks I had to fill but you cant see them once filled and the CA hopefully prevents the check from spreading.

Jeff Scott 10-01-2012 07:12 PM

I am not a builder but my two Martin Keith (he's the builder) Elfin 5 basses (fretted & fretless) both have ziricote fingerboards. I love the look of them, and the feel is very smooth with wonderful growl on the fretless. The fretted Elfin 5 has an amazing amount of sustain, the B string rings on for minutes, really. :)

Check in with Martin if you want more info on his use of ziricote.

http://www.martinkeithguitars.com/

TacomaDR20 10-02-2012 07:54 AM

Thanks, Tony. The section I have is pretty stable, its been sawn for about 6 years now. I'll be sure to save some sawdust and scraps....

Tony_in_NYC 10-02-2012 09:26 AM

My pleasure. It is beautiful wood.
Here is a link to a guitar I made using ziricote for the bridge, fret board and head stock veneer:
http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...d.php?t=256344

Bruce Sexauer 10-02-2012 09:42 AM

I have used Ziricote for fingerboards. It works very much like ebony and I've had no issues. Visually it is dull or flat looking and resembles poor quality ebony as the scale of its figure (mine, anyway) tends to be too big for the canvas.

gregsguitars 10-02-2012 09:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tony_in_NYC (Post 3196399)
I have used it for a fretboard. It is not splintery, but it has a nickname you should be aware of, Mexican crackwood, because it does like to develop checks and cracks, especially along the black grain lines. However, I have used it successfully for bridges as well so if you have a good piece, go for it. If you get any checks, fill with sawdust and CA and level the repair. My last ziricote fretboard developed several small checks I had to fill but you cant see them once filled and the CA hopefully prevents the check from spreading.


We agree with Tony on this subject.


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