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Harry Vanda's cherry-red, Maton 12 string electric guitar.

"Harry Vanda's family migrated to Australia in 1964 from the Netherlands, and settled in Sydney. Vanda came to fame there in 1964-65 as the lead guitarist in Australia's most popular and successful group of the 1960s, The Easybeats. In 2007, the Australian Musician magazine selected the meeting of Vanda and George Young in a Sydney migrants' hostel in 1964 as the most significant event in Australian pop and rock music history.

 

In 1966 Harry began a successful and enduring writing partnership with rhythm guitarist Young; together they penned all of The Easybeats' late 1960s recordings, including their major international hit, "Friday On My Mind".

 

After returning to Australia in 1973, Vanda & Young took over as the house producers for leading Australian independent record production company, Albert Productions, and publisher J. Albert & Son.

 

From 1974 onwards they enjoyed huge success in Australia and elsewhere, writing and producing hits for a number of popular Australian groups and solo singers, including John Paul Young, Cheetah, Stevie Wright, Ted Mulry, Rose Tattoo, The Angels, William Shakespeare, Mark Williams and, most notably, AC/DC.

 

AC/DC included George Young's brothers, guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young. Vanda & Young produced landmark albums such as Let There Be Rock, Powerage, If You Want Blood You've Got It, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, High Voltage/TNT, amongst others.

 

In 1988 he was inducted, along with George Young, into the inaugural class of the ARIA Hall of Fame

 

Vanda used a 1964 Hofner Verithin 1574 with Bigsby tremolo and 511 pickups, before switching in 1965 to a Gibson 345. In "The Easybeats, Vanda also often played a cherry-red Maton 12-string electric guitar, which he donated to the collection of Powerhouse Museum in Sydney in 1999."

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Vanda

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Easybeats

 

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Taken on December 15, 2011