Guitar (Romancer model)

about 1960
Mastro Industries (American), Designed by Mario Maccaferri (Italian, 1900–1993)


Object Place: New York City, New York, United States

Dimensions

Length 88.3 cm, width 32.3 cm (Length 34 3/4 in., width 12 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2001.421

Medium or Technique

Plastic

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Body, neck, headstock, bridge, nut, and end button of injection molded Dow styrene plastic. Belly, fingerboard, and front of headstock ivory colored. Back, ribs, neck, and back of headstock colored brown with swirl pattern imitating wood grain. Belly, fingerboard, and headstock decorated with red and black images of teenagers playing guitars, dancing, etc. Eighteen frets molded into fingerboard. Tuning machines of aluminum with knobs of plastic. Internal construction: Three longitudinal braces of wood. Original neck strap of red and blue braided cord, pick of red plastic, instructional brochure, and storage box of cardboard.

Inscription

Marked on headstock: New/ Romancer/ by Maccaferri/ U.S. Pats. No. 2,597,154 2,614,448/ Made in U.S.A.

Provenance

About 1990, sold by Maria Maccaferi, the designer's widow, New York, to Brian Fischer, Dover, New Hampshire; 2001, gift of Fischer to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 27, 2001)

Credit Line

Gift of Brian Fischer