Mar 17 20113-Pound, 3/4 Size Carbon Fiber Travel Guitar Tries To Pack As Much Sound As A Full-Body


Fat sound in a little suit.

The Blackbird Rider (who the hell rides Blackbirds -- what are you, a forest nymph?!) is a 3-pound acoustic travel (3/4 size) guitar made entirely out of carbon fiber (NOT Millennium Falcon) and designed for 1. super portability and 2. as much sound as possible. I dunno, I'm still partial to toting an air-horn.

Built out of carbon fiber, the manufacturer, SF-based Blackbird Guitars, claims that at 3 pounds, the Rider is one of the lightest guitars in the world. Contrast that to your average Fender Stratocaster, which weighs more than twice that.

The designers of the Blackbird Rider solved that problem [weak sound] by a.) extending the shoulder to the 10th fret, which increases the overall volume of the sound box; b.) carving an asymmetrical hole in the body that hole works like an amplifier, boosting the effective size of the sound board; and c.) having a body made of continuous sheets of carbon fiber, rather than separate pieces of wood whose joints absorb sound vibrations (and sap volume).

The guitars start at $1,600, which, I'll be honest, is $200 more than I've ever paid for a car. Granted you can't play a two-tone 1991 Chrysler LeBaron to serenade the ladies and get your slide-whistle wet, but you can neutral-drop it at every stop light until the transmission falls out. SUCK IT, JOHN MAYER! My body IS a wonderland though -- you were right about that. Just kidding, but I did convince the Smurfs it was an amusement park once.

Hit the jump for a couple more product shots and a link to the official site.





Official Site
A Carbon Fiber Guitar Packs Big Sound in a Little Body [yahoonews]

Thanks to Jake, who can't play the guitar but can play the hell out of board games. Congratulations, Jake, what are you, seven?

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Reader Comments

Pretty sweet.

don't they call those ukelalayekjs... i gave up half way through trying to spell that.

This is totally cool. A little pricey, but way cool.

i prefer the upright harp

Anyone see the sales page?

Shit, if I had just paid $1600 (plus $75 S+H) for a guitar, you can bet your ass I wouldn't start playing it while riding in a BOAT. The guy in that picture must be one rich bastard. He's probably got another Blackbird guitar stashed in his car's glove box.

i prefer the skin flute

I prefer the butt flute

only 18 frets? call me back when they make one with 27

Sweet Tommy Boy reference...

My local has these. these aren't nearly impressive as the fullsize ones.

$1600 are you freaking retarded?

there have been 3/4 sized travel guitars made for years that weigh the same or less. plus comparing the weight of a 3/4 scale acoustic guitar to a full sized electric is like comparing taco bell 'meat' to a t-bone steak.

i mean really. if you can afford that much on a 'travel' guitar you can probably afford the extra few dollars to ship your full sized instrument to wherever you're going.

seriously though. if you can buy a MARTIN travel acoustic for $200 something like this is just bling for that annoying frat boy who still refers to The Dave Matthews Band on a first name basis like they have a special connection that matters while driving daddy's car around campus and whining about being oppressed by the man.

@9 it's fat gut in a little coat, not a little suit... you suck at obsessing cinema


Fender strays are not average!!! That's if you have a good one JHB

I'm a certified luthier and if u ask me, go with the $200 martin travel guitar, all ur payn for with this blackbird guitar is the same material my jerkoff neibor kid thinks his whole honda riceburner car should be made out of. Super FAST CARBON FIBER. This guitar already comes stock with 20+ hp.

Can't thumb the E all the way down the neck when trashing power chords.

I laugh at pathetic marketing attempt of blackbird. Hahahaha. Now, GW, get drunk on the money they gave you.

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