G-40 Guitar-Guitar Heroes Exhibit-The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Mario Maccaferri (American, b. Italy, 1900–1993)
Guitar, G-40 model, ca. 1953
Plastic; 7 3/4 x 24 5/8 in. (19.7 x 62.5 cm)
Maccaferri moved to the United States before the outbreak of World War II. By that time, an injury to his hand had curtailed his career as a soloist, and he had entered business as a manufacturer of reeds for clarinets and saxophones. As a result of the war, cane for these reeds was difficult to obtain, so Maccaferri began making them from plastic. That led to the creation of a highly successful manufacturing business in the Bronx, where Maccaferri eventually produced a huge variety of plastic products, from clothespins to wall and floor tiles. He also manufactured plastic instruments, including guitars and ukuleles. The G-40 model guitar was an archtop version, complete with f-holes.
Serial Number: N/A
Originally molded in the 1950’s this particular model was likely part of the early 1980’s re-issue of unsold guitars. Originally 1950’s guitars had gold embossing on the headstock. That decoration was not available when re-issued.