It’s the sweet sound of sustainability. Blackbird Guitars has launched a new eco-friendly uke model. In November, the San Francisco-based instrument manufacturer introduced the Clara, a concert-sized ukulele made from Ekoa, a plant-fiber composite that looks like real wood. According to the company, Ekoa is “a proprietary, first-of-its-kind, renewable, plant-based material that provides the warm sound and feel of vintage old-growth wood with the toughness of carbon fiber.”
“Blackbird has spent the better part of a decade developing small, travel-friendly, carbon-fiber instruments world class tone,” Blackbird Guitar’s co-founder Joe Luttwak noted in a press statement. “With the Clara, musicians get what was previously unobtainable – the experience of a vintage old-growth wood instrument in a lightweight, durable, and sustainable package.”
The Clara list price is $1,150; an optional Mi-Si preamp is an additional $200.