Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s
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Macaferri G40 Classical Guitar c. 1950s

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$ 795.00
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Many people know that Macaferri started building wood instruments in the 1930s before emigrating from Europe and developing a lifelong interest in plastics.  He built plastic ukulele's and he invented the plastic clothespin that is used to this day.  But in the 1950s working with Dow Chemical to develop a plastic called Dow Styron, he released with much fanfare the Macaferri plastic classical guitar.  Although full of innovations that were ahead of its time, and although played by some well-known players, these plastic guitars never became extremely popular, some say due to the fact that they had the appearance of a toy guitar.  This relegated the guitar mostly to collectors although there has been recent interest in these Macaferri's and we have heard that Jeff Beck keeps one in his collection.

This example is in generally very good condition, with minor marks and scratches and only a single short hairline crack in the top near the corner of the fretboard which is not structural (see photos).  However, the instrument has been exposed to moisture at some point as a result of which all the metal parts have some rust and/or corrosion to them, and most significantly, the tuning machines are rusted and do not currently function.  This guitar had old strings on it when it arrived at our shop so we know that it holds tension and the structure is good and the action appropriate.  We polished the frets, which show little to no wear but when we realized that the tuners did not work, we decided not to attempt to change them and instead would offer the instrument at a discount with all of its original parts in place.

 

There is no case but we will ship it in a modern pa=dded bag for protection.