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Maton: Australia's Guitar Exhibition

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by Belinda Nolan-Price (subscribe)
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Currently being staged at Powerhouse Museum is a tribute to Australian guitar manufacturer Maton. The largest-ever retrospective is taking place until 2 May, 2021.

Melbourne-born jazz musician, woodwork teacher and luthier Bill May founded Maton in 1946 and has since created over 200 guitar models and the company now produces 8000 guitars a year.

Maton: Australia's Guitar explores the company's beginning, its first models and influence on the music scene transcending through genres such as country and western, folk and classical, rock and roll, and jazz.

Image supplied by Articulate PR. Photo by Zan Wimberley.

Featuring more over than 130 guitars, highlights include Harry Vanda's (The Easybeats) guitar which he used to write the song Friday on My Mind, Tommy Emmanuel's first Maton, a Maton electric Mastersound MS500M and hand-painted case and the first guitar Bill May made as a teenager.

Musicians who play Maton guitars include ARIA award-winning artists Archie Roach, Keith Urban, Missy Higgins, The Seekers, Colin Hay, Garry Beers (INXS). International performers have included Elvis Presley, Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones), George Harrison (The Beatles), John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day).

Image supplied by Articulate PR. Photo by Zan Wimberley.

This stunning and thorough collection of Maton guitars, ukuleles, lap steels and amplifiers are part of the personal collection of Bankstown-based instrument collector Wadih Hanna. The instruments interact with a light show and original music score, written for the exhibition by composer Nick Wales and DJ Johnny Seymour, and performed by a string of musicians on instruments from this collection.

To manage the capacity of visitors, tickets must be pre-purchased online here. In response to COVID-19, the museum has introduced protocols to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff.

Come and celebrate the Maton: Australia's Guitar exhibition currently on display at the Powerhouse Museum until 2 May, 2021.
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Why? The largest retrospective of Australia’s guitar manufacturer
When: 25 July - 2 May
Phone: (02) 9217 0111
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo
Cost: Free
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