New Fingerboard Wood: Katalox!

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  1. AxeBuilder

    AxeBuilder Senior Member

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    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":

    [​IMG]Katalox (Swartzia cubensis)



    Common Name(s): Katalox, Mexican Ebony​
    Scientific Name: Swartzia spp. (S. cubensis)​
    Distribution: Southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America​
     
  2. onlypadog

    onlypadog Senior Member

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    Hmmm, mexican ebony...maybe not too bad, the proof is in the playing just like the rest of the new boards really :)
     
  3. Gator Slim

    Gator Slim Senior Member

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    Did Dr. Seuss name that species of wood?

    Katalox katalox! With it, make a box!
     
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  4. Bud Stoner

    Bud Stoner Senior Member

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    Hilarious! But seriously, it may be a good thing! :thumb:
     
  5. Bountyhunter

    Bountyhunter Senior Member

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    Well I'll be interested to hear from anyone who plays one. Looks good.
     
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    River Senior Member

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    Shore looks purdy.
     
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  7. Kalamazuu

    Kalamazuu Senior Member

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    Looks nice, I wonder if it's real similar to ebony then.
     
  8. flimz

    flimz Senior Member

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    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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  9. guitarfish

    guitarfish Senior Member

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    Katalox sounds like a medical condition. Is it contagious?
     
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  10. colchar

    colchar Banned

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    Only if they use it on the Fireturd.
     
  11. Olds442

    Olds442 Senior Member

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    yay wood.
     
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  12. Nirvana33

    Nirvana33 Senior Member

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    Atleast its real wood and not garbage..i mean richlite.
     
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  13. psychnurseblues

    psychnurseblues Senior Member

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    Nothing like some good Katalox and Cream Cheese on a bagel with a kuppa cawfee.
     
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  14. Sinster

    Sinster Senior Member

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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.
     
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  15. brokenarrow5

    brokenarrow5 Senior Member

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    oh god, at least it is wood
     
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    bugg Senior Member

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    Nah, it's going to be quite easy for me.... :D
     
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  18. Lysol

    Lysol Senior Member

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    Katalox is pronounced "Katalosh" dudes.

    :thumb:

    LMII Woods
     
  19. Pinkie

    Pinkie Senior Member

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    Looks nice no complaints here.
     
  20. SRXy

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    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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