Eco-Friendly Blackbird Clara Ukulele Boasts a Rich Sound within an Ekoa Composite Body

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Ukuleles are beloved by travelers and artists for their compact, easily transportable frame that packs a surprisingly loud sound. Blackbird Guitars took the small and simple instrument to the next level by introducing the world’s first flax-fiber string instrument. Constructed from earth-friendly and lightweight Ekoa natural composites, this wooden ukelele boasts a vintage sound and feel within a durable, travel-friendly design. The Blackbird Clara Ukulele was also the recent recipient for the 2014 Industrial Designers Society of America IDEA product design award.

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