Maccaferri G40 Guitar

Maccaferri G40 Guitar

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This guitar was designed by Mario Maccaferri and made by the French American Reeds Manufacturing Company of Mount Vernon, New York in 1954. Maccaferri (1900-1993) was born in Cento, Italy and at the age of eleven became an apprentice to guitarist and luthier Luigi Mozzani. After an early career as a guitarist and instrument maker in Europe, Maccaferri immigrated to the United States in 1939. Mario Maccaferri developed a variety of plastic instruments including plastic woodwind reeds and a plastic ukulele. This six course (6x1) guitar, model G-40, was made of Dow Styron plastic. As indicated in the original brochure accompanying this guitar, it sold for $39.95.
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Object Name
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Maccaferri, Mario
place made
United States: New York, Mount Vernon
overall: 38 in x 13 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in; 96.52 cm x 33.655 cm x 11.43 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Maria Maccaferri
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