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Katalox

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Jimbow, Dec 9, 2006.


  1. How "hard" is katalox? Would it be suitable for an unlined, unfinished fretless board?
     
  2. it's pretty hard. I would use it on an unlined, unfinished fretless.
     
  3. eleonn

    eleonn

    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    All the katalox blanks I've seen had nice figuring so as Wilser said I would left it unlined but if you want some marks to show where you are at playing you can try something like this

    [​IMG]
     
  4. msherman

    msherman

    Nov 20, 2002
    Connecticut, USA
    Yes, it is fine for a F/B and is similar to ebony. I am building a bass with katalox for a TB member at the moment.

    Check with Todd (tribal) as he has some.
     
  5. try cocobolo
     
  6. It will be unlined.
     
  7. eleonn

    eleonn

    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    Well yeah ...almost
     
  8. Well, no. It will be unlined. I'm not putting those mini-lines in like in the picture you posted. It will be unlined. :)
     
  9. eleonn

    eleonn

    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    Oooh I got you. You were talking about your fretboard. I thought you were talking about the posted picture that's why I said almost referring to those little lines.

    Definitely an unlined fretboard is the way to go with a figured wood as a FB.
     
  10. Yeah. Those little lines are cool though if you want it to be lined. Personally, I don't think it's any harder to play an unlined.
     
  11. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Maryland
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    katalox = swartzia = very hard

    I'd do it.
     
  12. Is the white sapwood any softer? Part of the board I'm looking at is sapwood, where the E string would be.
     
  13. tribal3140

    tribal3140 Banned

    Nov 9, 2004
    near detroit...uh
    same density
    sap and heart.
     

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