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This Composite Guitar Looks Like It's Made of Wood

(Image credit: Blackbird Guitars)

Here's something we found over at Wired.

It's a composite guitar that looks like it's made of wood. Blackbird’s El Capitan model is actually made of something called Ekoa, a composite made of flax and industrial waste bioresin. As Wired puts it, "It’s lighter than carbon fiber and has a higher stiffness-to-weight ratio than old-growth Sitka Spruce, the preferred material for high-end soundboards."

“We like to say it’s old-growth wood without the worry,” says Joe Luttwak, company founder. Best of all, the guitar is 30 percent lighter than most acoustic guitars, and—as expected with composite guitars—it doesn't warp, and you don't need to handle it like a precious heirloom (although there's no need to go smashing it at the tail end of "My Generation," either). One interesting tidbit: Its neck is hollow.

To hear how it sounds—and to see how it's built—check out the video below. For more about Blackbird Guitars, head here.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.