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Engineered Zebrawood Guitar Kits

Engineered Zebrawood is a composite timber created by applying heat, glue and pressure to a dyed cottonwood timber, which is a sub-species of poplar, to make it appear striped.

In comparison to mahogany or basswood, it is denser, and its properties are very similar to that of real hard timber. If you're interested in learning more about how different tonewood affect the tone and playability we recommend you to read – Guitar Tonewoods: How they affect Tone and Playability.

How to finish Engineered Zebrawood

The Engineered Zebrawood looks amazing right out of the box and would require very little work to apply a finish.

Recommended reading: Engineered Ebony Fretboards

There are multiple ways to make the Zebrawood pattern stand out and look even more awesome. Others would just sand it until it’s smooth and wipe it with polyurethane. Repeat the process 2 or 3 times and keep sanding in between coats of polyurethane. 

While others go the extra mile and stain their guitar bodies with bright colors to make the Zebra pattern stand out, then finish with 2 to 3 layers of your choice of clear coat.

The final finish can be glossy or semi-glossy depending on one’s preference and might require more sanding if you want to make it shinier.

Watch How do I POLISH MY GUITAR? To get detailed instructions on how to make your guitar body look shiny.

See more options for a guitar finish.

Types of guitar finishes:

  1. Oils and waxes
  2. Shellac
  3. Nitrocellulose Lacquer (‘Nitro’)
  4. Polyurethane (‘Poly’)
  5. Polyester

    The Benefit of Engineered Timber

    In addition to their exotic look, engineered timbers have the advantage of being less susceptible to cracking and warping due to humidity changes due to consistent density (no growth rings).

    You can learn more about how humidity levels may affect your guitar by reading the following articles:

    Safety Precautions

    For safety reasons, we recommend sanding and finishing your guitar in a well ventilated area wearing a respirator mask. You can learn more about safety tips that you need to follow from here: Important Guitar Finishing Safety Tips That You Must Follow.

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