Inspired by the technology, style, and spirit of Italian supercar manufacturer Ferrari, Blackbird Guitars (San Francisco, Calif., USA) has issued the limited-edition Ferrari-branded Rider guitar. The 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. The Rider travel guitar is compact enough to fit in the trunk of a sports car, but plays and sounds like a much bigger instrument. It features a Maranello Red interior, accented red A string, and Ferrari Scuderia emblem highlights.
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 design is more than just show; designer and Blackbird founder Joe Luttwak worked for the car manufacturer in Maranello, Italy. This experience laid the foundation for the guitar, inspired by Ferrari's 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."
The first run of the Ferrari guitar series is sold out, but Blackbird Guitars is accepting special, custom orders on the Rider model. Cost is $1,499. For more information, visit www.blackbirdguitars.com.