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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Jimbow, Dec 9, 2006.
How "hard" is katalox? Would it be suitable for an unlined, unfinished fretless board?
it's pretty hard. I would use it on an unlined, unfinished fretless.
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
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.
It will be unlined.
Well yeah ...almost
Well, no. It will be unlined. I'm not putting those mini-lines in like in the picture you posted. It will be unlined.
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.
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.
katalox = swartzia = very hard
I'd do it.
Is the white sapwood any softer? Part of the board I'm looking at is sapwood, where the E string would be.
sap and heart.