California based Blackbird Guitars have introduced the world’s first natural fibre composites concert level ukulele named Clara
The product has been engineered to generate the acoustic quality of a much larger instrument. From its patented hollow-neck design to its high-tech eco-fabric and resin construction, the Clara is meticulously crafted by skilled artisans at Blackbird’s San Francisco workshop, aided by computer-driven precision technology.
Clara has been made using Ekoa, a product made using renewable plant fibres that give the ukulele great strength, dampening, resilience and even lighter weight than carbon fibre. Like all composite materials, Ekoa is made up of fibre 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. The Clara ukulele, is the debut application of Ekoa which is suitable for numerous other applications from sports equipment to furniture.