Nylon strings–and a nylon guitar

Here it is, something for the non-traditionalist–a carbon fiber nylon guitar:  The Blackbird Rider Nylon guitar. “Blackbird’s…one-piece, hollow body, neck, and head construction mark a major departure from traditional guitar design- it transforms the entire guitar into a sound box – enhancing loudness, frequency-range and sustain. To further increase the air volume of the sound box, the guitar’s right shoulder extends up to the tenth fret, dubbed the Soundscoop…”Read rest of description, with more pictures, at Guitar Site. By the way, the neck is hollow, which evidently adds to the resonance.

I have not played one yet and have no idea what it actually sounds like. But it looks pretty neat. One problem for traditional classical guitarists, though, is that it looks like this guitar’s non-figure 8 contour won’t lend itself easily to the traditional seating arrangement.

You can order one from Blackbird. Here’s their site. They also make a steel-string version (which is smaller in size than the nylon string version). The classical is about $1800.


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