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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 SIX MONTHS

Questions? Please use our online contact form, or call us at (415) 625-0977. 

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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)
Saddle Graphtech
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)
Fretwire Nickel silver
Finish Natural Matte
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

Mike D.
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.

Eddie M.
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.

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