Massa’s Ferrari Guitar!

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Many of you may not know this but I like guitars. There are 13 of them cramping my office making blogging very difficult for me at the moment. A passion from a young age, I was driven by the siren call of being a rock star. Many rock bands later, I decided to get a real job.

Massa Blackbird

Imagine my surprise when I found Blackbird Guitars has releases the Ferrari model made from all carbon fiber! Yes, the technology that drives Ferrari, and all other F1 cars, is now being used to brilliant effect in the world of luthiers. Specifically Joe Luttwak and Blackbird in San Francisco California. Here is the press release:

San Francisco – Inspired by the technology, style, and spirit of the famed Italian “supercar” manufacturer, Blackbird Guitars’ brings you the limited-edition Ferrari-branded “Rider”. The ultra-rare Ferrari Blackbird guitars were sold at Ferrari Stores worldwide and signed by F1 drivers Philipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen. Based on Blackbird Guitars’ high-performance Rider travel guitar, it is the first instrument fit for the Ferrari namesake. Like Ferrari, it is a study in superlatives—among the most resonant, durable and lightest guitars in the world. The Rider travel guitar is compact enough to fit in the trunk of a sports car, but it plays and sounds like a much bigger instrument. It looks like nothing else on the market: sleek, black carbon fiber speaks to the high-tech materials and construction while the exclusive Maranello Red interior, accented red A string, and Ferrari Scuderia emblem highlights the passion of world-class Italian motoring.

Blackbird Guitars blends traditional guitar-making with design and construction inspired by Formula 1 race cars. The guitar features a one-piece, hollow neck, carbon fiber construction—and a unique sound port at the head directly influenced by F1 race car design. The high-performance Ferrari pedigree is more than just show—designer and Blackbird founder Joe Luttwak worked for the storied car manufacturer in Maranello, Italy. This experience laid the foundation for this thoroughbred of a guitar, inspired by Ferrari’s unque commitment to technology, style, and performance. “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.”

Blackbird Ferrari

I am so excited about this product and for all the guitar players out there, check out the website to hear the tone, and volume of this amazing design. The carbon fiber construction gives the strength needed to allow for a hollow body and neck so that the resonance of the guitar by volume is on par with traditional acoustics. Only the brilliant design and materials could allow for that scenario and the technology that has gone in to this guitar from white paper to final product is astounding.

Ferrari have every right to be proud of their association with Blackbird as they share a common passion for technology and design. My two worlds have finally met and perhaps one day I can get a Blackbird Ferrari and hammer out the Italian national anthem just for fun…or to annoy the hell out of SJ Skid, Grace and the others.

If you are a guitar player and stop by to order one, let them know that you will actually be buying two of them, one for you and one for your friend at Formula1blog.com.

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