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Ron Forrest

 

From:
Logan Ohio, USA
Post  Posted 4 Dec 2022 8:31 am    
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Hi,

Were does everyone source the chrome trim strips from? I'm reburbing a 79 Zum and would like to replace these as they are damaged on the top edges.

Thanks

Ron
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Jerry Overstreet


From:
Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 7 Dec 2022 3:34 pm    
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About all you can find in the stores anymore is 1/2 in. Zums, and most other strips are more narrow than that. You might be able to source some of these aluminum strips from one of our steel builders or possibly have a metals supplier cut some the proper width for you.
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Mark Lee


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Southern IL
Post  Posted 7 Dec 2022 4:29 pm    
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I recently ordered an aluminum trim strip from Al Brisco for a D10 Carter guitar. Al secured it to a wood dowel to protect it during shipping.
The ZumSteel trim may have different dimensions from the Carter, and I'd suggest that if you order one, get it from a USA address since shipping costs from Canada will roughly double the cost of the part.
If you live near a city, you might check with local metal dealers. It's likely that they may have aluminum flat stock of the correct dimensions. The piece would still need to be polished with a buffing wheel and compound.
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Ron Forrest

 

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Logan Ohio, USA
Post  Posted 8 Dec 2022 5:56 am    
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Thanks for the great tips. I've actually contacted a local machine/fab shop and they said they can make them easily for me.

Ron
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Jim Pitman

 

From:
Waterbury Ctr. VT 05677 USA
Post  Posted 11 Dec 2022 3:11 am    
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McMaster-Carr.
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Chris Lucker

 

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Los Angeles, California USA
Post  Posted 12 Dec 2022 12:31 pm    
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I had a loaf of them that came from Crawford's shop a few years after he passed away. They were long and a masking taped bundle of these were what Bobbe Seymour was cutting -- with a table saw -- when he had his accident. I was not there. As awful as it sounds, I only needed a few for future restorations. I imagine the rest stayed in his shop.

When you order the strips, remember that the idea is that the thickness is not off-the-shelf. It should be slightly proud of the mica you are using. So, if you are using horizontal grade mica or vertical grade mica, or Formica or WilsonArt, the thickness required would be different. It looks silly to have trim strips made for horizontal grade mica on a guitar with thin vertical grade Formica or WilsonArt.
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Jim Palenscar

 

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Oceanside, Calif, USA
Post  Posted 15 Dec 2022 8:12 am    
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They are not chromed generally- they are aluminum that is polished.
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Chris Lucker

 

From:
Los Angeles, California USA
Post  Posted 16 Dec 2022 5:30 pm    
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Is the top strip too far gone to tap and file out the dents, wet dry to perhaps 600 the scratches, tape the pieces to a board for support and buff out to smooth and shiny? I use 1x1 maple stock to hold inlay for buffing.
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Ron Forrest

 

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Logan Ohio, USA
Post  Posted 17 Dec 2022 6:34 pm    
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Chris,

The original chrome strips are pretty banged up from years of use. I could try to sand them but i don't think i would be able to get it back close to new condition.

Ron
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Ron Forrest

 

From:
Logan Ohio, USA
Post  Posted 17 Dec 2022 6:38 pm    
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Jim,

A local machine shop thinks they can make them for me at a pretty reasonable price. They will be aluminum and I'll polish them out for the final install on the guitar.

They are also going to to make me a new set of pedals for the Zum also. Since its a 79 they are basically aluminum U channel with some machining to get to look like originals. Cant wait to get this back together!!!
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Jim Palenscar

 

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Oceanside, Calif, USA
Post  Posted 17 Dec 2022 8:13 pm    
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You might also ask them if they can polish the strips for you as it's a bit of a pain to do well. I put double sided sticky tape on them and tape them to a stiff board but would be happy to have someone else take it on Smile. Sounds great and glad a machinist has taken care of you.
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Philip Mitrakos


From:
The Beach South East Florida
Post  Posted 23 Jan 2023 5:55 pm    
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You take origional ones off turn em around and upside down
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Johnie King


From:
Tennessee, USA
Post  Posted 24 Jan 2023 9:44 am    
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My pictures an tips on cutting narrow thin aluminum strips ::: I removed steel players need all there fingers and most of there toes. 😆

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Johnie King


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Tennessee, USA
Post  Posted 24 Jan 2023 9:53 am    
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Thanks

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Chris Lucker

 

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Los Angeles, California USA
Post  Posted 24 Jan 2023 10:30 am    
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With all due respect, Bobbe Seymour's cutting my supply of the aluminum strips (all of the JCH leftover supply) on a table saw is what caused Bobbe's accident. Bobbe trusted tape.
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