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Whether you are trekking, sailing, on stage or in the studio, the Blackbird Rider carbon fiber travel guitar performs. The resonance-driven design features a proprietary hollow neck and head sound port, one–piece carbon fiber construction for a full and balanced tone with strong bass, clear mids and crystalline trebles as well as uncanny sustain. Leave your nice wooden guitar at home because the Rider is nearly indestructible, unaffected by humidity, light and compact— but has full-size loudness and richness. We are not currently taking new orders for Rider steel strings and Here is why. Some dealers will have them through 2017.  We are still taking orders for Rider nylon string models and have you seen the Savoy? Savoy is a bit larger with a cutaway, made of our Ekoa composite and sounds tremendous!

The Rider steel string includes a custom soft case, and strap buttons.

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

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Construction Carbon Unibody
Top High-Modulus Carbon Fiber 
Fretboard Width at 12 Fret 1.75 in (44.45 mm)
Fretboard Width at Nut 1.75 in (44.45 mm)
Neck material Carbon Fiber
Side Markers 5, 7, 9, 12 & 15
Bridge Material Micarta
Neck Shape Low Profile, Hollow
Neck Reinforcement Carbon fiber, non-adjustable
Bridge String Spacing 2.125 in (53.975mm)
Saddle 16 in Radius/Compensated/Graphtech
Nut Material Graphtech
Fretboard Micarta 16" radius
Tuning Machines Gotoh SG-381 Mini-Tuners
Headstock Hollow With Head Sound Port
Headplate Carbon Fiber
Recommended Strings Lights
Case Ballistic Nylon Gig Bag
Electronics Optional Mi-Si
Scale Length 24.5 in (622.3 mm)
Fretwire Medium Stainless Steel
Finish High Gloss Polyurethane
Dimensions 35.5 x 10.5 x 4.25" (90 x 27 x 11cm)
Weight 3 lbs (1.3 Kilos)
Number of Frets Clear 14
Number of Frets Total 18

Sean K., Australia
Just received my Blackbird Rider Guitar in the post here in Australia. Sounds and plays great! Thank You.

Oyvin S., Tanzania
The Blackbird Rider Steel is my most trusted and reliable tool for communication - everywhere! Here we are at the Irente School for the blind in Lushoto, Tanga Region, Tanzania, overcoming all barriers of language, culture and other abilities/ disabilities. 

Bill S. la Jolla, California
I have had my Rider steel string for a couple of years now and still love it. I can't imagine a better sounding or playing travel guitar. I almost always take it with me on trips and have never had a problem carrying it aboard an aircraft. It is unobtrusive and usually fits in the overhead directly in front of a carry on suitcase. Because it is carbon fiber, no worries about damage in a soft case either. If I didn't have the Rider I probably wouldn't take a guitar on my travels.

Scot B.
Really appreciating the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into your guitars. I just got the Rider and it is quite elegant, easy to keep close at hand - and it sings. Here it stands next to my other elegant guitar, both keeping each other's good company! 


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