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ZipFlex Abalone Purfling

ZipFlex Abalone Purfling

0.047" wide

Item # 1480
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0.064" wide

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0.079" wide

Item # 1482
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ZipFlex Abalone Purfling

About This Item

Now it's easy to install beautiful abalone purfling.
Creating shell purflings used to mean breaking pieces of shell and installing them one by one. ZipFlex® is a brilliant idea that makes that unnecessary.

Great results, even if it's your first inlay job!
ZipFlex is select green abalone shell on a flexible base that bends to any curve. Place it between wood outer bindings and glue them in as one piece. Zip!—you've inlaid the soundhole!

These shell colors—pastel reds blues and greens—are a good choice for accenting any wood. We especially like the way they stand out in darker tonewoods like rosewood and red cedar.

Available in 3 widths
Depth: .055" (1.4mm)
Length: 15" (381mm)

The flexible backing can be slighty wider than the abalone, measure before routing for a perfect fit.

ZipFlex purfling was developed by Kevin Ryan, of Kevin Ryan Guitars.

Tip: When installing with super glue, apply a thin coat of shellac or lacquer in the channel before gluing to keep the super glue from darkening the surrounding wood grain.



CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


Instructions

Product Instructions

How much purfling?

A handy chart for determining how much purfling is needed for the specific parts of dreadnought and 000-style acoustic guitars.

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5.0

Beautifully colour-matched

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Besides the incredible ease and durability, I'm really impressed by how well colour-matched the segments are: I had 6 strips of Paua Ab from which to choose 4 to go around the soundboard, and after considerable inspection concluded it made no difference whatsoever - they were all effectively the same in appearance and thus all equally compatible with each other - and for that matter, all very beautiful. It's the most impressive and welcome shell product that's been invented for luthiers.

5.0

Custom Guitar Builder

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Works great, and always gives a beautiful touch to the project!

5.0

Awesome, But Please Package and Ship It Flat

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Used for rosette and it turned out awesome. However, it was packaged and shipped in a bag, and curved to fit the bag. The curve was back side facing back side, and the material took a set; it remembered that curve. While installing, it kept wanting to flip back to the curve it had in the bag it was shipped in. That made an already challenging stack up much more difficult to install (doubled two of them, side to side in. TIGHT stack up). PLEASE ship it flat or put it in a plastic tube so it doesn't take a "set".

Back to the ZipFlex; this material is solid shell from top to bottom. Although it's made from segments, it is solid segments from top to bottom so you won't have to worry about "sanding through". The black "carrier" on bottom and sides was very uniform, very flexible and very tough. I was surprised I didn't tear it as the first install was a tight fit and a difficult stack up. Highly recommended.

5.0

Easy Peasy

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Works great and looks great. Super easy to use. A little pricey, but then I'm cheap so....?

5.0

Zipflex

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I really like the product! Uniform in size and easy to install. I have used it for rosettes and edges without any problems. Will be using it again!

5.0

Great product

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A real time saver, the only way to go.

5.0

Beautiful and Easy to Use

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This is my favorite purfling for sound hole rosettes. It is always consistent in width and thickness, and has enough flexibility to make it very easy to use.

5.0

ZipFlex Wahlaaa!!!

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Wow ,Man! This stuff is totally amazing!!!! I just used this stuff for the first time last night and Wow What a time saver!!! I'm a tele guy,and I used this on a top and it contoured around the horn just as beautifully as can be!!!! I cant wait to order some more and do another one!! You'll be seeing alot more of this abalone in Neville Guitars

5.0

Amaxing stuff!

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ZipFlex is incredibly easy to use compared to hand-fitting shell. It is very flexible, and fits around everything but the tightest cutaway horn without breaking. It is quite uniformly beautiful, and thick enough to permit modest scraping or sanding back. It is expensive, especially when compared to shell or ablam strips shopped throu the net, but worth it for the grief it prevents.

5.0

The only way to Re-top a D-45!

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I’ve used Zipflex on many re-tops.  A soundboard replacement is not always cost effective if there is a lot of pearl or abalone.  The labor to cut and fit small pieces is tedious and time consuming.  Installing Zipflex is just like laying any type of plastic purfling into the channel. I just finished a Martin D-45 re-top and used it on the rosette, outer edge and fingerboard extension. Installation time, about 10 minutes.  I like to lock in the pearl with cyanoacrylate after it’s installed, but be sure to seal the routed channel with lacquer or shellac first.

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