Lutherie- Guitars and Violins

This section will focus on Mario Maccaferri’s work on wooden instruments.  More information coming soon.

Cento 1923-1928-Early Instrument Catalog

Year Model No. Model Name Notes
1923-1927 No. 1 9-String Contraguitar
1923-1927 No. 2 11-String Contraguitar
1923-1927 No. 3 9-String Guitar
1923-1927 No. 4 6-String Cutaway Guitar
1923-1927 No. 5 6-String Guitar
1923-1927 No. 6 6-String Spanish Guitar
1923-1927 No. 7 Short-scale Guitar
1923-1927 No. 8 Terz Guitar


1928-1931 Pre-Selmer


Year Model No. Model Name Notes
1928-1931 No. 1 Chitarrone 9-String-Cutaway Lyre-Guitar
1928-1931 No. 2 Chitarra 9-String-Cutaway Lyre-Guitar
1928-1931 No.3 Chitarra 11-String-Cutaway Lyre-Guitar
1928-1931 No.4 Chitarra 9-String-Cutaway Lyre-Guitar (non-cut)
1928-1931 No. 5 Cutaway Spanish Guitar
1928-1931 No. 6 Spanish Guitar (non-cut)
1928-1931 No. 7 Parlour Guitar
1928-1931 No. 8 Terz Guitar



Year Model No. Model Name Notes
1928-1931 No. 1 Mandolone
1928-1931 No. 2 Mandoloncello
1928-1931 No. 3 Mandola baritono
1928-1931 No. 4 Mandola tenore
1928-1931 No. 5 Mandola soprano
1928-1931 No. 6 Mandolino
1928-1931 No. 7 Quartino


Paris 1931-1934-Selmer-Maccaferri Guitars


Year Model Features Notes

Selmer Modèle Espagnol



1932-1934 Selmer Modèle Concert
1932-1934 Selmer Modèle Orchestre
1932-1934 Selmer Modèle Jazz
1932-1934 Selmer Modèle Hawainne
1932-1934 Selmer Modèle Eddie Freeman


New York 1938-1991 Post-Selmer Wooden Instruments

1970’s Maurice Summerfield Selmer-Maccaferri Replicas

Mac. 1-Classical model

Mac. 2-Jazz/Folk model

Mac. 2.S-Jazz Oval Hole Model

Mac. 3-Jazz model with the soundbox

1981 (Mac10)Ibanez Produced Selmer-Maccaferri Replica

Produced by Ibanez distributed by CSL

MAC10 model produced by Ibanez from 1979 to 1983. The MAC10 featured numerous design improvements and sold for almost twice the price of the CSL model. In the later years of production Maccaferri became critical of the instruments quality and refused to sign the label.

Mario verbally committed to the design updates.  However after playing the models he retracted his endorsement.  Labels were signed by Maccaferri and then sent to Japan to be placed in the guitars.  Maccaferri stopped sending the labels due to the production quality. Only 440 MAC10s were produced.

Updates from original design:

-A 5 brace top (an extra brace was added between the soundhole and heel.
-A 4 brace back (the original Maccaferris only had three braces on the back
-A center spline on the back
-No zero fret
-A truss rod accessed from the headstock
-Large 16″ body (originals were 15 3/4″)

1982-1983 Maccaferri-Monteleone Collaboration (12 Guitars)

1985-1986 Violins

1985 (complete)

1985B (finished but lacking tailpiece and strings)

1985C (finished but lacking tailpiece and strings)

1986 Ultimo (finished but lacking tailpiece and strings)

1985 Cello

Produced around the same time as the violins from leftover wood.