Looking for abalone veneer

fishinkid2010

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Jun 24, 2009
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Tyler
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Skeeter 21i w Yamaha SHO 250
I guess I should add "at a reasonable price"... the stuff I found on google either wants you to buy multiple sheets, that are pretty spendy, or ships from the other side of the globe, with shipping more than what the sheet costs.
 

lynndeva

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Sep 14, 2009
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Debi
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here is some on Ebay that are reasonable..
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Abalone-Paua-Shell-Veneer-Laminate-4-Luthier-Inlay-/160935157226?pt=UK_Guitar_Accessories&hash=item25787b9dea
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-Fishing-Rod-Lures-Paua-Abalone-Veneer-3-x5-5-/251201874866?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a7ccc6bb2

I have some but I think it's too thick for what you're looking for..the next time I go to the Philippines (probably in March of next year) for work, I'll bring some shell veneers back with me from our factory where we farm abalone and other more exotic shells there are our OEM facility..I'll let you know when I have some..or if there's other shell aside from Abalone that you like, we probably have it there..
here are a couple of photos of some of the shells I brought back....the black lip shell (bottom pic on left) is really cool looking..these pics don't give them any justice..they are really rich/vibrant..
 

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Feb 17, 2008
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Monrovia, CA
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Tim
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None
^^^^ Cool looking shells there. Be careful of the ebay stuff - I bought some recently that was waaaaay too stiff to wrap around a rod. They would work ok to break up into pieces to a do a G-urushi, though.
 

cksea

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Let me know if you want an ab shell to try and make your own. Not sure how they get it thin enough to be flexible.
 

Rodcrafter

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Aug 26, 2010
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Angler's Envy has some really good ab to work with, ask for the pliable sheets. It's not the same as in your pic, but I've worked with both and prefer the stuff from Angler's as it doesnt have the micro-checked look when applied.
 

red34

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Aug 12, 2008
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Brice
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I personally buy the new Mudhole stuff, but have had samples from Angler's Envy. I only continued through Mudhole because of the ease of keeping all my supplies at one shop.