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Blackbird "Stratus" Steel String Baritone Electric Ukulele (Built to order, ships in 18 days)

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All Blackbird Series ukuleles are built to order!  Your instrument will ship 18 days after your order.

The Blackbird Series features classic guitar designs reimagined for ukulele. This tier offers multiple pickup combinations, ornate craftsmanship, expanded electronics, and more advanced features. These are USA made, professional quality steel string ukuleles built with premium quality materials.  Experience the highest level of ukulele quality with the Sparrow Blackbird series!



This Blackbird Series ukulele is "built to order" and will ship 18 days after your order.  Click here for more information on the Sparrow Blackbird Series.

You will love the sound and feel of this solid body steel string electric  baritone ukulele!  The action is smooth and low and the intonation is spot on.  Thanks to our 19:1 ratio low backlash tuning gears, this uke is easy to dial in and stays in tune wonderfully. The body features the classic "Stratocaster" aesthetic and the multiple pickups offer 5 different unique sound options!

This model features Rosewood fingerboard, Cherry Body, Maple neck and Walnut pickup bobbins. The fret markers are Maple.

The two pickups are hand built and wound in-house to our specs!  The Alnico V magnets yield a rich and touch sensitive tone and exceptional clarity. 

The bridge pickup is a  “humbucker” which provides noise free operation and thick tone.  Pulling out on the tone knob engages “single coil split” mode which yields crystalline single coil tones and bell-like chime.  The “resistance dropping” circuit lowers the 500k potentiometer value (typically perfect for humbucking pickups) to about 290K, which is much more suitable for a single coil pickup.  This provides an even more accurate approximation of single coil character and offers true Stratocaster tone when combined with the single coil neck position pickup.  The neck pickup is reverse wound, reverse polarity to the split bridge pickup and yields true Strat style "quack" when both pickups are activated together.

The Maple neck is easily adjusted with a modern, 2-way truss rod ensuring proper setup in any season or climate.  The fingerboard has a 12" radius for easy playability.

The body is designed for ergonomics and comfort.  This baritone is perfectly balanced and wonderfully comfortable.  The belly cut on the back makes this electric ukulele perfectly suited for standing or seated performance.

All Sparrow ukuleles are strung with our custom selected set of GHS strings to ensure the perfect balance of feel, playability, ergonomics, tone and intonation.  This uke comes standard with DGBE tuning.

The action is low and light.  This uke is setup to shred!


Woods:   Cherry body, and Maple neck.  Rosewood fingerboard and Walnut pickup bobbins

Strings:   DGBE D'addario  custom set: .034, .024, .016, .012.    

Electronics:  The controls are standard volume and tone with a 3-way switch to toggle between pickup options. The Alnico 5 magnet hand wound, custom designed pickup has 6500  turns (per coil) of 42 gauge copper.  This gives the pickup a warm, organic tone that reacts nicely to picking nuance. All the bridge saddles are properly grounded to provide the quietest operation possible.

This bridge pickup is wired for “coil splitting”.  To access this feature, simply pull out on the tone knob and it will engage a switch that deactivates half of the pickup providing a much more “single coil” tone.

This model offers 5 pickup tones:

1) Bridge humbucker - switch position 1

2) Bridge "Coil split" (pull out on tone knob) - switch position 1

3) Bridge humbucker combined with neck single coil - switch position 2

4) Bridge "Coil split" (pull out on tone knob) combined with neck single - switch position 2 

5) Neck single coil - switch position 3

Truss Rod:   Two way adjustable truss rod.

Tuning:  DGBE

Fretboard Radius: 12"

Bridge:  We use individual string saddles to allow for optimum string spacing for the best feel and performance. The bridge saddles have individually adjustable intonation screws as well as standard height adjustment.

Nut:  The nut is hand carved out of bone. The nut width is 1.5″.

Tuners: 19:1 ratio geared tuners.

This model comes with 2 strap buttons installed and is ready to rock!