Blackbird continues to refine their models and add various options including radius fretboard, side soundports, and more. Here is an overview of the most popular Blackbird ukuleles. Check our current stock HERE.
These are “raw” sound samples with no compression of mastering. Use quality headphones or monitors for most accurate sound.What is EKoa?
Blackbird says, “Ekoa is made up of fiber reinforcement fabric in resin matrix, but one that is worker and planet-friendly. The plant-based fabrics and biobased resins have a beautiful designer material quality, which does not always require finishing along with distinct performance advantages over other composites. Ekoa is suitable for numerous applications from sports equipment to furniture, but the Clara ukulele is its debut application.”
The clara is impressively deep and rich in tone with fantastic projection for a concert size ukulele. It has a relaxed easy tension that’s a breeze to play and makes a wonderful companion for any occasion.
Farallon TenorThe breakthrough of EKoa was confirmed with the release of Blackbirds tenor model. It’s really quite amazing what a rich, and even “woody” tone you get. The body is made from linen and bio resin and the bracing is carbon fiber. This instrument is not affected by humidity levels and less affected to weather conditions than wood instruments so it makes the perfect travel tenor. But even beyond that, it’s a great value for an incredible instrument.
As Blackbird was coming out with the prototype Farallon a few years ago we went and visited them in San Fransisco to try them out and talk with Joe.
Farallon Tenor w/ Side SoundportOver the past few years Joe and his team have added various upgrades to the models. Just like the Clara and BTU carbon fiber model you can get a Misi active pickup installed, and a 12″ radius fretboard. Many people find a radius fretboard to be more comfortable for chording.
With this model they show a new option for the Farallon, a large side sound port. It seems to give even more volume to a model that was already loud! Kalei points that out in his sound sample here.
Farallon Tenor Gloss Sunburst
The EKoa instruments are always unassuming in appearance, humble if you will. BUT, if you prefer more eye candy as you play we are now exclusively offering this high gloss finish sunburst model. As they are in stock that is, these never last long but inquire with us and we can notify you when another arrives. Blackbird is pretty much a boutique line. It’s not some crowded assembly line factory thing. So we get them as we can. But when we do it’s a pleasure to share their unique and impressive style and tone with you. Stay tuned for more from one of our favorite builders, Blackbird!