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Old 02-02-2012, 04:19 PM   #1
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New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

The Les Paul Deluxe is now listed on the Gibson website as having a Katalox fingerboard:

Gibson.com: Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

A quick check on the Wood Database reveals this as "Mexican Ebony":

Katalox (Swartzia cubensis)



Common Name(s): Katalox, Mexican Ebony
Scientific Name: Swartzia spp. (S. cubensis)
Distribution: Southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:53 PM   #2
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Re: New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

Hmmm, mexican ebony...maybe not too bad, the proof is in the playing just like the rest of the new boards really
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:57 PM   #3
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Re: New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

Did Dr. Seuss name that species of wood?

Katalox katalox! With it, make a box!
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:05 PM   #4
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Re: New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

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Did Dr. Seuss name that species of wood?

Katalox katalox! With it, make a box!
Hilarious! But seriously, it may be a good thing!
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:10 PM   #5
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Re: New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

Well I'll be interested to hear from anyone who plays one. Looks good.
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Re: New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

Shore looks purdy.
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:43 PM   #7
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Re: New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

Looks nice, I wonder if it's real similar to ebony then.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:04 PM   #8
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Re: New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

I have a brand new 2011 LP Deluxe (on the right). The fingerboard is Rosewood. The Katalox thing must be for 2012 Deluxes.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:22 PM   #9
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Re: New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

Katalox sounds like a medical condition. Is it contagious?
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Katalox sounds like a medical condition. Is it contagious?
Only if they use it on the Fireturd.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:39 PM   #11
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yay wood.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:06 PM   #12
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Atleast its real wood and not garbage..i mean richlite.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:07 PM   #13
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Re: New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

Nothing like some good Katalox and Cream Cheese on a bagel with a kuppa cawfee.
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Re: New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

This is going to get confusing in about 20 years. If you gutar has Baked Maple it's going be worth xxx amount, if it has Katalox it's going be worth xxxx amount or the other wood that they have used.
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Re: New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

oh god, at least it is wood
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:25 PM   #17
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This is going to get confusing in about 20 years. If you gutar has Baked Maple it's going be worth xxx amount, if it has Katalox it's going be worth xxxx amount or the other wood that they have used.
Nah, it's going to be quite easy for me....
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Katalox is pronounced "Katalosh" dudes.



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Old 02-03-2012, 03:00 AM   #19
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Looks nice no complaints here.
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Re: New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

sounds like a nice wood....but LOL! STATUS: RARE.....errr....Gibson...seriously dudes?

Katalox
(Swartzia cubensis)

Also known as: Mexican Royal Ebony; Wamara; Bannia; Catalox; Katalosh

Status: RARE

Origin: Southern Mexico, Central America

Traditional Uses: Instruments; Fine Furniture; Cabinetry; Tables; Turnery; Gunstocks; Knife Scales; Billiard Cues


Katalox

Katalox is an extremely dense tonewood that is gaining popularity in the luthier market. The heartwood ranges from violet to deep purple which can darken to near black with age. The sapwood compliments this color tone with a creamy golden hue, and when worked into a project it provides a wonderfully vivid contrast to the rich heartwood.

The USDA ranks Katalox in several publications as a suitable substitute to African Gabon Ebony for stringed instruments. Katalox is known to have a moderate blunting effect on planing knives and other cutters due to the high density. Gluing can also be troublesome due to this density. Katalox is a wonderful turning candidate due extremely fine pores and texture. Katalox is also a choice timber by locals in the Yucatan for tables, chairs and other fine furniture due to its durability and aesthetic attributes. The signature color tone of rotating purplish black with light sapwood can be found through out the Costa Maya when visiting establishments.


Specific Gravity: 0.94
Hardness: 3690 Janka
Density: 73 pcf
Tangential Movement: 7.6%
Radial Movement: 3.9%
Volumetric Shrinkage: 11.2%
Durability: Excellent


Tone Qualities:
Katalox is well known to luthiers who are looking to construct quality guitars and is used extensively by Martin Guitars for fingerboards and bridges. It is also starting to develop recognition for quality backs and sides. Tonality for Katalox is said to mimic traditional attributes of ebony, along with excellent sustain.

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Durability: Varies depending upon species, with conflicting reports ranging from perishable to very durable. Heartwood is usually considered to have a high resistance to decay and termites; though it is susceptible to marine borers.
Workability: Katalox is typically considered difficult to work on account of its high density. The wood has a moderate to high blunting effect on cutters, and if there is interlocked grain present, tearout can occur during planing. Can be troublesome to glue because of its high density and natural oils present.
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Re: New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

sounds like a mexican maxipad...
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Or a laxitive. Some really deep purple board wood...would be cool. Okay, add to list, lifeson with stoptail, in flamed deep purple with deep purple fretboard...
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Beat me to it!
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Re: New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

(Strange thing that Gibson in not just calling it Mexican Royal Ebony. I wonder if racism is so deeply rooted as to make that common name for the wood to be some how seen as negative. If that is true we should all start asking are selves some tough question and start treat other people with humility and respect )
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Its actually Klingon and it means "Oh sh!t not again"

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I would be interested in one of those.
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What about Richlite ?!!
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Katalox sounds like a medical condition. Is it contagious?
I've got indigestion, could someone please pass the Katalox?
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