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1960s Maccaferri Plastic (NIB)

1960s Maccaferri Plastic (NIB)

We’ve seen these being offered around, but haven’t come across one that is still in its original Maccaferri carton, still packed up, never opened or unpacked for over fifty years, what some call “NIB” for “new in box”. Still has all its original cardboard packaging material, original strings, cool braided strap still in place, ditto for the owner’s manual. For those of you who don’t know who Mario Maccaferri was, he was huge in our industry. After designing the Selmer-Maccaferri guitars made in France in the 1930s-40s-50s and made famous by Django Reinhardt, Mario came to the US and got into the molded-plastics business, concentrating on plastic ukuleles endorsed by Arthur Godfrey, a hugely popular TV personality who played his uke on the air, and these guitars as well. I got to meet Mario when he was in his late 80s, in the 1980s, 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 (I actually remember those colorful things from when I was a kid, in the early 1950s), about an attempt at plastic clarinet reeds during the years when cane was scarce, and on and on. So here it is, a true original, in a state that is nothing short of miraculous. $895 w/everything



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