The Blackbird Clara is a compact concert ukulele with a voice that rivals a larger tenor. Every detail was engineered to provide unmatched projection and dynamics. Built San Francisco, the Clara ukulele is crafted from Ekoa®-a biobased linen composite structurally superior to the gold-standard: vintage, old-growth wood. Clara's 'double top' soundboard is highly consistent unlike wood and tuned for the ideal rigidity and density with minimal bracing. The exceptional tone is nuanced and complex because Ekoa® is a natural material. A hollow neck resonance chamber enhances projection and sustain. The one-piece body/neck/head composite construction is rugged and weather stable offering a worry-free ownership experience.
Clara includes a soft case, and a single strap button. Build time 8-10 weeks
|Construction||Ekoa® natural linen composite|
|Top||Ekoa® natural linen composite|
|Fretboard Width at 12 Fret||1.75 in (44.45mm)|
|Fretboard Width at Nut||1.4 in (35.56mm)|
|Neck material||Ekoa® natural linen composite|
|Side Markers||5, 7, 10 & 12|
|Bridge Material||Composite, satin finish
|Neck Shape||C Shape|
|Neck Reinforcement||Composite assembly|
|Bridge String Spacing||1.6 in (40.64mm)|
|Nut Material||Graphtech Tusq
|Fretboard Material||Composite, satin finish|
|Tuning Machines||Gotoh UPT|
|Headstock||Ekoa® Natural linen|
|Headplate||Ekoa® Natural linen|
|Recommended Strings||Fluorocarbon Oasis Bright|
|Case||Padded Soft Case|
|Electronics||Optional Mi-Si Rechargeable Pickup|
|Scale Length||15 in (381 mm)|
|Dimensions||24 x 7.7 x 3 inches (61 x 20 x 7.5cm)|
|Weight||1.1 lb (499 grams)|
|Number of Frets Clear||12|
|Number of Frets Total||17|
Stacy E., Arizona
I received my Blackbird Clara yesterday and I wanted to let you know I am beyond impressed with it! I never had the opportunity to see, touch, or hear a Clara in person before purchasing it, but I took a chance on it because of the relatively sturdy and care-free eKoa material (I live in a desert climate so this is important to me) and the great reviews it has received and sound samples I was able to listen to online. I was expecting a very high-quality instrument that sounded beautiful. Well, it's one thing to have a vague notion of what that would be, and quite another to actually experience it! It opened my eyes to what a truly high-quality instrument is. The craftsmanship is beautiful. One of the first things I noticed was how beautifully resonant it is; I could feel the vibrations in my torso! The power and sustain is amazing too. And it does indeed sound so very beautiful. And I find it so easy to play! I feel I've finally found my ukulele "home".
Helen B., Canada
I take my Clara everywhere with me. I've played her in elevators, on an Amphibious DUKW vehicle, in Alaska on a cruise ship, in Glacier Bay, in an aquarium, in care homes, on the subway, on ferry trips, and at a celebration of life
It exceeded my expectations. I have over a dozen ukes that I now hardly touch because I can't keep my hands off Clara. When I am gigging or jamming I have to keep my eye on it because everybody wants to try it and are reluctant to give it back.
Great job to Joe and his team. Love the sound of the Clara and its durability means it can travel with me regularly.\
Douglas Reynolds, Nevada
I am playing Clara as my main instrument. I have several ukuleles that cost more and I've had high end models from all the top brands, Kamaka, KoAloha, Martin, etc. The Clara is the best playing and best sounding concert uke I have ever owned, played, or heard.
Steve, Dolder, MA
The Clara is super easy to play, and it makes for a truly fun playing experience. I've had two or three late night sessions of playing the Clara (especially standing up and using a strap) that have been an absolute blast! As far as tone, I have no complaints at all about the Clara. It sounds great and has great sustain.