Maccaferri Ukulele

In the 1950s, there was a huge trend for plastic ukuleles. Leading the way was the Maccaferri Islander.

Maccaferri had previously been famous for making jazz guitars – particularly those played by Django Reinhardt. When plastics first started to be used to make instruments, Maccaferri jumped on the idea. Plastic meant that ukes could be made quickly and cheaply and sold by the armload.

Unfortunately, Maccaferri ukuleles aren’t exactly cheap anymore. The value of them seems to be rising – particularly if they still have the original packaging.

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2 Comments

  1. Bob K October 27th, 2010 2:52 am

    I came across a Maccaferri Islander Deluxe with the extended fingerboard and fancy bridge – not that rare but this one has a PINK top with the red swirl back and sides. I’ve never seen another with the colored top. A fun uke.

  2. dave March 2nd, 2011 6:54 pm

    i have islander us.pat,no 2,597,154 2.614,448 maccaferri.mint condition. what is its value? can you tell me please

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