04 December 2009
04 December 2009
Blackbird Guitars' has recently launched a limited edition Ferrari-branded Guitar, named ""Rider"", which takes its inspiration from the technology, style, and spirit of the famed Italian supercar manufacturer.
Designed for portability, the rider is lightweight and two thirds the size of a traditional acoustic guitar, but its overall strength has not been compromised as, like many modern high-performance cars, its body is made from carbon fibre.
The guitar features a one-piece, hollow neck, carbon fiber construction and a unique sound port at the head, which Blackbird say was directly influenced by F1 race car design.
Designer and Blackbird founder, Joe Luttwak, was inspired to create the Rider after his experiences working for Ferrari during his time in Maranello, Italy. ""Great acoustic guitar construction, like great race car construction, benefits from stiff and ultra light materials. Using carbon fiber, like Ferrari's Formula 1 race cars, for the guitar's uni-body design produces an instrument that sounds better and is much more durable than any travel guitar available today. Many ideas for Blackbird Guitar's models were inspired by my time at Ferrari, and it's wonderful to make a model that honors their unparalleled technology, ingenuity and success,"" says Luttwak.
Blackbird say that whilst the Rider is compact enough to fit in the trunk of a sports car, it plays and sounds like a much bigger instrument.
The first run of the Ferrari guitar series has now been sold out, but Blackbird Guitars is accepting special, custom orders on the Rider.
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