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Mule Resonator Guitars

Custom handmade resonator guitars

My name is Matt Eich and I,  along with my brother Phil and Adam Smith, build handmade steel and brass bodied single cone and tricone resonator guitars.  After witnessing Kelly Joe Phelps play his resonator at a  show here in Michigan I left wondering if I could use my guitar making skills I learned at Huss and Dalton Guitars to make metal bodied resonators.  They are just so much guitar: volume, range of tone, look- and potential. I wanted to do them differently.  I wanted them to sound more guitar like, meaning more warmth and low end. I also wanted them to look the materials they were made from- the raw steel and brass, with a patina I've developed over the years.  I'm so excited to be able to offer them to players. Options like a P90 pickup, a tricone in a single cone body like the very first National guitars... I'm having the time of my life building these instruments and hearing what players like Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Kelly Joe, Charlie Parr, Jeffrey Foucault, Jason Dennie, Jay Lapp and so many more players I've had the pleasure to get to know during the building process.   When you send an e-mail, you get me. My brother Phil will send build pictures as your guitar goes through the work.  That's part of the experience and story. I'm happy you're here and if you have any questions please e-mail me at muleresonators@gmail.com

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12 Dec 2017

Joey Landreth Mulecaster

@Joeylandreth already has a Mule resonator he makes sweet sweet music on (YouTube Mule “Back To Thee”) but he has a growing supply of amps and so we made him this. It. Is. Awesome. Yes it’s steel. The Mule Tomthumbucker neck and Wee-90 bridge- so transparent, picking up all that volume banging around inside the guitar. Because of all that extra volume the guitar is extremely touch-sensitive. It reacts. Not in a “A2’s are more sensitive” type way, in a “bang on a table and then bang on a trash can” type way. It’s airy. It’s responsive. You hear things you haven’t, that’s built in inspiration. It looks killer. The Hipshot bender has a reigning king ,@sljguitars, and he made the levers for this because he knows what’s up. @nbreidinger and I are headed over to tool maker extraordinaire @sauer_and_steiner ‘s abode this week in Canada. Joey is going to bring an amp and come pick it up. We shall record. Story time. Document your freak out below. And tell @joeylandreth you love him. #hideyokidshideyowife #reiventingexpectations #getbehindthemule #teletuesday

29 Nov 2017


If you want to get paid $20 an hour, do work worth that when getting $10.  -Matt

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