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Born in 1900 in Cento, Italy, Mario Maccaferri was apprenticed at the age of 11 to the luthier Luigi Mozzani. Having excelled in both the performance and making of classical guitars, Maccaferri was not above bringing new ideas to guitar construction. In 1931 he partnered with Selmer & Cie to design a guitar that would be tonally louder and bolder than any on the market. The outcome would be Selmer’s Modèle Jazz guitar made famous by the Parisian Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. By 1940 Maccaferri had emigrated to America, where he began many production experiments with plastics while living in New York. When the material became commercially viable after World War II, Maccaferri became involved with the production of a multitude of plastic objects from toothbrushes and clothespins to ukuleles and guitars.