1 A CAD assembly is created from initial sketches and dimensions including all parts (down to the fret slots) so that every detail is fine-tuned for superb playability, action and tone.
2 A virtual model is CNC machined to exacting dimensions. A prototype is sculpted and re-sculpted for comfort and feel.
3 Negative 'hard' molds are machined for the heated and pressurized curing process to make the body. A physical prototype is tested and tweaked: steps B and C are repeated until the results are achieved.
4 Composite is skillfully layered into the mold with 70+ pieces for every ukulele and 120+ for each guitar.
5 The top is molded in a press with both body and top are trimmed for assembly every one crafted with precision by expert instrument builders.
Blackbirds all feature a hollow neck, one-piece shell built unlike any other. The sound board extends through the neck and is bonded to the body along with the composite fretboard and bridge. Forming the main component as unitary eliminates the weak and sound-absorbing joints associated with conventional instruments. This patented construction relies on the incredibly strong and stiff properties of Ekoa and carbon fiber as well as plenty of unique design features to create the strongest, most resonant small-bodied guitar available anywhere.
Composite Ekoa and Carbon fiber materials come in a variety of different styles and configurations, accommodating a huge range of applications. The amazing strength and stiffness is derived from the fabric reinforcement with the resin acting as a strong matrix. Blackbird takes full advantage the material's versatility utilizing a blend of uni-directional (stiff in one direction) and woven fabrics along with core materials to add strength and reduce weight.
Blackbird uses materials physically superior to wood for the sound board for world class tone and resiliency. The durability and strength, no matter the conditions, makes for the perfect musical companion.