A guitar has been made out of reclaimed wood from The Tote, The Corner, Cherry Bar and more
22.04.2021

A guitar has been made out of reclaimed wood from The Tote, The Corner, Cherry Bar and more

Tim Rogers - image by Jay Hynes
Words by Will Brewster

The project aims to raise awareness of the city’s venues as they battle against capacity rules.

A Maton electric guitar made from timber from some of Melbourne’s most iconic music venues has been revealed as part of Support Act and Mushroom Group’s Made From Melbourne project.

The Maton MM3000 guitar is crafted from reclaimed wood from seminal local venues such as The Corner, The Espy, The Tote and Cherry Bar, celebrating the legacy of each venue and their role within Melbourne music culture.

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The guitar was commissioned as part of Support Act and Mushroom Group’s upcoming Made From Melbourne project, which was originally spearheaded by the late Michael Gudinski as a means of raising funds for the local scene to assist in their post-pandemic financial recovery.

Directed by Matt Weston (The Chats, Cosmic Psychos), Made From Melbourne will be released to streaming services in the days ahead, with punters being able to watch the film for a yet-to-be-disclosed price. All proceeds raised from the film will be donated directly to Support Act.

The film features appearances from local identities such as Adalita, You Am I’s Tim Rogers and former Recovery host Jane Gazzo, who can be seen discussing the city’s vibrant musical culture in the trailer below.

It’s also been reported that the Maton MM3000 will also travel to various venues and studios around Melbourne after the premiere of the film, with members of the general public being able to play it for free.

“Based on Maton’s BB1200 JH model, the MM3000 blends a variety of timbers, infused with the blood, sweat and spilt beers of Melbourne’s live music scene and stands as an enduring symbol of the importance venues have in building a thriving music community,” a statement to the press reads.

“Once launched, the Maton MM3000 will live on in the venues and studios of Melbourne – free to be played and used by local and visiting artists – and stand as an enduring symbol of the importance venues have in building a thriving music community.”

Find out more about the guitar via the Made From Melbourne website.