Wayne McPhee Maccaferri Gypsy Jazz Guitar (Available Now)
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THE MCPHEE MACCAFERRI
I am excited to introduce you to Melbourne based Luthier- Wayne McPhee!
Wayne has been building guitars since 2019 and has been building Selmer Maccaferri guitars for several years now. As you read the details of his guitars you will agree they incredible value for money!
This model is a beautiful D hole built from the original Selmer Maccaferri plans.
Wayne is one of the few luthiers who builds Gypsy Jazz Guitars with real heat bent pliage (folded sound board) from the Bridge down. This is a design feature of the original Selmer Maccaferri guitars and is quite rare as it is very hard to do. It also adds to the volume and tone of the guitar soundboard.
For this guitar Wayne has used a solid piece of Sitka Spruce for the sound board (top) and solid Ovankol on the back and sides. Ovangkol is an attractive hardwood indigenous to tropical West Africa. Its grain pattern closely resemble East Indian rosewood. It also shares some tonal characteristics with rosewood, but boasts the livelier "sparkle" found in such medium-density hardwoods as mahogany and walnut.
SEE BELOW FOR ALL THE Spec's....
Here is Rodrigo Santiago (Left) playing this McPhee Gypsy Jazz guitar along with Camaron De la Vega "Secret Love"-
Here is Camaron De la Vega (right) playing "Songe D'Automne" on this McPhee
The specs for The McPhee Maccaferri are -
Back and Sides: Solid Ovankol
Soundboard: Solid Sitka Spruce
Pliage: Yes- Made with heat bent Pliage
Bridge: East Indian rosewood
Fingerboard: Qld walnut
Tuners: Gold Grover
Pick Up: No
Scale Length: 670mm
Bracing: Soundboard Main Bracing- spruce Lattice Bracing- Paulownia reinforced with Carbon Fibre. Finishing: Sprayed Lacquer Finish
I asked Wayne about his work-
My name is Wayne McPhee
I started building guitars in 2009, I was learning to play and decided to upgrade from the cheap guitar I had, I had a budget to stick to so I went shopping and almost all the guitars in my price range was Chinese or Indonesian so I decided to build myself one so I did and that was the start of an addiction. At the moment I’ve built about 60 guitars.
I started with steel string guitars, then progressed to classical guitars which are a specialty of mine. I also have built archtop guitars and a variety of electric guitars but I prefer acoustic guitars. The Selmer guitars are a real challenge and I really enjoy building them now, that wasn’t always the case the first one really gave me a hard time but it turned out great and now I have a feel for them, so not giving me such a hard time now but still a challenge.
I only use quality materials on whatever guitar I’m building outside and inside.
Bracing is very important and for soundboards I use spruce for the main braces, all of my acoustic guitars have lattice bracing in them reinforced with carbon fibre, for lattice I use paulownia it’s light and very stiff.
I now teach guitar building at the local mens shed for a few hours every Friday, it’s great helping people to build their first guitar I currently have two guys I’m teaching and I also help some of the other guys who have built guitars but are a little unsure of something.