Maccaferri Islander Soprano Ukulele ca. 1950s
The Islander (Maccaferri) Ukulele
This Islander ukulele from the 50’s has been left unstrung for a very long time and this means that the condition is fantastic for its age and could even be considered museum quality, albeit with a few minor scratches here and there as plastic marks fairly easily.
Plastic ukuleles were incredibly popular in the 1950s due to their economical nature; with a brand like Maccaferri behind it, the Islander (and similar plastic ukes of the time) achieved an impressively loud and punchy sound, but delivered at a far more reasonable price than the solid wood alternatives. In fact, at one point, Maccaferri were selling 2,500 plastic ukuleles a day.
The Islander is considered by many to be of the best quality, in regards to the plastic-uke generation and when compared to other models we have, this is definitely the case.
However, as a consideration; since the ukulele has been left unstrung for a long time, the action has lowered and there is an obvious buzz on all strings. We have since strung the uke with Worth Brown fluoro-carbons to try and raise the action, which has worked somewhat, but will need additional time to be really playable. Please bear this in mind if you are looking to purchase this item.
For collectors, this really is a unique piece in exceptional condition.