NAMM booth 1706
San Francisco– January 2011 - Blackbird, the high performance musical products manufacturer, to premiere Lucky 13, which sports a unique 13th fret neck connection. This new model stealthily blends classic looks with the superior playability, responsiveness and resiliency of hollow-neck carbon fiber construction for a full-size feel that fits in a ¾ case.
Traditional style meets the 21st century
Lucky 13 is inspired by early 20th century 12th fret guitars widely adopted by players of the day. They were expected to be loud enough to entertain crowds un-amplified while handling the bumps of traveling the Juke Joints– a task these fragile wooden guitars were not well suited for. Enter the 21st century and Blackbird’s proprietary hollow-neck, one-piece carbon fiber contruction blends the powerful voice of an ultra-light boutique guitar with the ruggedness of carbon fiber. “The look and feel of this guitar is familiar and is at home in a variety of playing styles and performance situations. Being a small body Blackbird means it’s louder than it looks and amplifies beautifully as well”, says founder Joe Luttwak. Both exponentially stronger than wood and humidity proof, carbon fiber is also more acoustically efficient making for a small-body guitar with a big sound that is perfect for the road.
Blackbird’s player-centered design and technology results in superior ergonomics, playability and comfort. The compact form is only 13⅞” wide with a very slight arch back that is both secure, easy to cradle and very strong as well. Access to higher frets is improved by the absence of a heel-block which is eliminated in the uni-body construction. The 13th fret neck connection allows for greater fret access than a 12-fret while retaining the tonally sweet bridge placement. The neck profile is a comfortable blend of vintage shallow ‘V’ and a more contemporary shallow ‘C’. The ¾ scale plus Blackbird Lucky 13, straddles the benchmark Rider extra-small travel models and the medium-sized Super Orchestra Model. A 24.75” full-scale length makes for very easy reaches while helping to keep the overall length shorter. A 12th fret, 25.5” scale version will also likely be made available later in the year. Pricing starts at $1799.
- Exceptional carbon fiber strength and environmental stability
- Small size, high performance tone and responsiveness
- Hollow neck with head mounted Stereo Sound Port®
- 3D sculpted back for improved comfort, access and strength
Blackbird was founded in 2005 with a mission to create high performance instruments. The first model was the Rider steel-string, a truly satisfying and nearly indestructible travel companion which set the benchmark for the category. Blackbird’s singular blend of F1/aerospace design technology and traditional craft gives form to a new highly resilient and responsive guitar annually and including the first carbon fiber ukulele. Each Blackbird is individually made by small team of luthiers in San Francisco.