We build guitars and ukuleles in our San Francisco workshop using wood free, worry free Ekoa and carbon fiber composites. Advanced molding and machining techniques are blended with traditional instrument craft. All of our instruments share hollow neck construction for enhanced tone and durability.

Blackbird Guitars was formed in 2005 when founders and designers Joe Luttwak and Kyle Wolfe gave-up searching for a compact guitar worth bringing along for the ride. The only 'travel' models available were thin-sounding and fragile. Armed with experience in high tech products, the quest started innocently enough with the tried-and-true design mantra to generate as many concepts as possible and prototype the winners. It helped to have access to the latest advanced manufacturing early in the process, including three-dimensional CAD (computer-aided design), automated manufacturing as well as carbon-fiber composites. The team benefited greatly from the tutelage and encouragement of several Bay Area guitar-making luminaries. After two years of development, the resulting Rider model is a harmonious blend of technology and traditional craftsmanship. Part mountain dulcimer, part F1 race car, Blackbird guitars are high performance instruments built for the road in our shop in San Francisco's Mission district.

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We offer 30 minute appointments 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mon.-Fri via the form below. Can’t make it on a weekday? Let us know and we’ll try to accommodate you.