Australia has had a relatively recent history of guitar makers primarily from the 1960s to the present. The museum collection includes several makers of acoustic guitar such as Graham Caldersmith and Jim Williams as well as two electric guitars, one made by Maton of Melbourne and previously owned and used by Harry Vanda of the Easybeats and a Kord-King pedal steel guitar. This guitar is significant for the collection as it was made by Roger Buckmaster in the mid 1970s when there were relatively few professional makers producing numbers of instruments or were at least in their early stages of guitar development. Buckmaster originally worked at the Maton factory in Melbourne in the 1960s and went on to study violin making in England. Although known as a violin repairer and maker in Melbourne he has also made guitars for many years and is currently producing several models of banjos sold both in Australia and overseas.