1950s Maccaferri Plastic

1950s Maccaferri Plastic

We’ve seen these being offered around but haven’t come across one in a while, and certainly not in this condition let alone at this great price. For those of you who don’t know about Mario Maccaferri, he was huge in our industry. After designing the Selmer-Maccaferri guitars made in France in the 1930s-40s and made famous by Django Reinhardt, Mario came to America and got into the molded-plastics business, concentrating on plastic ukuleles endorsed by Arthur Godfrey, a hugely popular TV personality in the 1950s. Godfrey played his Maccaferri uke on the air, and these guitars as well. I got to meet Mario when he was in his late 80s, about forty years ago, in the building that had been his factory here in The Bronx, NY, and he was quite the character. He regaled my good friend Michael Gurian and me with stories about WW II, about coming to America, about Django, about how his real fortune and been made by inventing and manufacturing the original plastic clothespins, and on and on. So here it is, a true original, in a condition that is way better than most. The tuning gears all function well, something one rarely encounters in these; the acton is a bit high (but only a wee bit) and the neck will un-bolt for a quick re-set, and you can either play with it to your heart’s content or have your favorite guitar tech do it for you. In totally intact and together condition, again something one rarely encounters in these. Offered at the miraculous price of only $595 w/bag


w/bag

$595.00
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