Strength comes in many forms. For guitars and ukuleles, I am only vaguely interested in Wikipedia's definition:
For Blackbird guitars these 'strength' attributes are more relevant:
As a designer/luthier/ekoa-vangelist, I understand these concepts as filtered through real world experiences via Blackbird's research and development over the last decade. Our El Capitan guitar in particular went through several rounds of prototyping over the course of 14 months with the goal of achieving the ultimate tone and a worry-free player experience. Some structural composites design decisions are a cost/benefit, and for the soundboard it's about tone. To achieve good tone the soundboard needs high rigidity and very low density. Stability is the next most important attribute. Followed by top hardness perhaps.
So while carbon fiber has roughly twice the tensile strength and modulus as compared with Ekoa, we designed the composite structural parts to practically-speaking enhance both. The 'double' top has greater tensile modulus (stiffness to weight) while the Ekoa unibody takes advantage of Ekoa's superior elongation and toughness for greater impact strength.
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