Maccaferri Guitar Project 2 - Construction Sequence

    Photos of each stage are on OneDrive - click on the photos for the link.

Back & Sides Soundboard Neck
Click for pictures.


Click for pictures.


Click for pictures.



French Polishing

Completed photos
Click for pictures.



Click for pictures.


Click for completed photos.


The significant difference in the construction of this guitar is the heat bent dome in the soundboard - sometimes called the "pliage" (pleat / fold in French).

Construction details:
The guitar was built in a similar way to the first Maccaferri, the main difference being the heat bent top (pliage). 
Full details of the heat bent pliage construction.

Soundboard - European Spruce, 2.2mm thick .

Sides & back - East Indian Rosewood

Neck - American Walnut, scale length 640mm. A slim, modern design and using the Cumpiano bolted mortise & tenon neck / body joint.

Fingerboard - Ebony

Binding - Rosewood - much easier to heat bend than the ebony bindings used last time.

Finish - French polished with transparent Shellac.

Tuners - enclosed gold plated Schaller.

Sound - brighter, louder and more responsive than the first Maccaferri guitar. I am guessing that this is due to the heat bent top making the soundboard stiffer.

After experimenting with different bridges it seems this can have a significant effect  -

  • A bridge making contact all along its base sounds mellower.

  • A bridge with less mass sounds  brighter.

  • There is a tonal difference between ebony and rosewood. 

*The guitar was constructed over a period of 2 years.


The guitar is now on sale at Hobgoblin Music (Bristol)

"New Selmer Maccaferri luthier alert ! Peter Davies came in with this lovely guitar he'd built. It's a grande bouche 12 fret, with a rosewood body, spruce top, walnut neck, ebony fingerboard and bridge. It's fitted with an Ashworth pickup, Schaller tuners and a Killy Nonnis tailpiece. He has absolutely nailed the sound, and this guitar is as good as any D-Hole I've played, and is easily better than many of the famous names. This is only his third instrument, and you should definitely try it! 1500 and worth every penny!"