Blackbird Rider Felipe Massa
I received this press release the other day about Blackbird guitars which I found pretty interesting not only because I think Carbon Fiber Acoustics look and sound cool, but also because the Blackbird’s compact design make it ideal as a travel guitar and the Carbon Fiber construction means you don’t have to worry about damage and warping caused by changes in humidity and temperature normally associated with Acoustic guitars. The other thing that caught my attention was the photo of Filipe Massa playing the Ferrari branded Blackbird Rider as I am a big F1 fan. This isn’t the first time Ferrari have teamed up with a company for a limited edition product but I’m pretty sure it is the first time they have teamed up with a guitar company and obviously working with a company who use composite materials is a natural fit with Ferrari or any other F1 team.

Here is some info from the press release:

The ultra-rare Ferrari Blackbird guitars were sold at Ferrari Stores worldwide and signed by F1 drivers Philipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen. Based on Blackbird Guitars’ high-performance Rider travel guitar, it is the first instrument fit for the Ferrari namesake. Like Ferrari, it is a study in superlatives – among the most resonant, durable and lightest guitars in the world. The Rider travel guitar is compact enough to fit in the trunk of a sports car, but it plays and sounds like a much bigger instrument. It looks like nothing else on the market: sleek, black carbon fiber speaks to the high-tech materials and construction while the exclusive Maranello Red interior, accented red A string, and Ferrari Scuderia emblem highlights the passion of world-class Italian motoring.

The high-performance Ferrari pedigree is more than just show'‚ÄĚdesigner and Blackbird founder Joe Luttwak worked for the storied car manufacturer in Maranello, Italy. This experience laid the foundation for this thoroughbred of a guitar, inspired by Ferrari’s unque commitment to technology, style, and performance. “Great acoustic guitar construction, like great race car construction, benefits from stiff and ultra light materials. Using carbon fiber, like Ferrari’s Formula 1 race cars, for the guitar’s uni-body design produces an instrument that sounds better and is much more durable than any travel guitar available today. Many ideas for Blackbird Guitar’s models were inspired by my time at Ferrari, and it’s wonderful to make a model that honors their unparalleled technology, ingenuity and success.”

The first run of the exlusive Ferrari guitar series is now sold out, but Blackbird Guitars is accepting special, custom orders on the Rider model. Blackbird Guitars are made in San Francisco by a small team of luthiers by the Bay. The world’s best travel guitars, the Rider steel and Rider Nylon, now start at $1499. The Blackbird family also includes the larger Super OM.
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Key Features of the Blackbird Rider:
Exceptional Carbon Fiber strength and environmental stability
Hollow neck with Stereo Sound Port® in head of the guitar
Asymmetric Acoustic Design® with off-set sound-hole
Ultralight for enhanced sound, comfort and balance
Full scale length (24.5″)
3D sculpted back for improved ergonomics, playability & durability
Optional electronics for amazing amplified tone

Here is the Blackbird Rider in action: