A major exhibition showcasing a vast collection of vintage Maton guitars has opened in Sydney, offering a comprehensive history of one of Australia's leading musical instrument manufacturers.
Maton: Australia's Guitar opened to the public last weekend, with 130 models being displayed at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. It's the largest ever retrospective exhibit for the icon Australian brand, who first started making instruments back in 1946 out of a Melbourne garage and are now considered as one of the most respected instrument manufacturers of all time.
The exhibit features a range of vintage, rare and custom-made instruments from the Melbourne company, including legendary producer and Easybeats' guitarist Harry Vanda's own Maton used to write 'Friday on My Mind', as well as Tommy Emmanuel's original Maton MS500M guitar and the first guitar created by Maton founder Bill May way back in the 1940s.
Other prominent models featured in the exhibition include custom models made for Tommy Emmanuel and Diesel, as well as a range of ukuleles, lap steels and amplifiers from noted instrument collector Wadih Hanna.
Maton: Australia's Guitar is set to run from now until the end of October, and better yet, it's totally free: all you need to do is book your tickets, and you'll be right to roll on through. Guitar enthusiasts definitely won't want to miss this one - head to the Powerhouse Museum website to lock in your visit today.
For more details on the Maton: Australia's Guitar exhibit, head here.