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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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17 Mar 2017

Don’t be a Hostage

Owners- if you show up to a supplier with money and they don’t get back to you, or take your money and don’t get your stuff, or say it will “be done next week” but isn’t they are holding you hostage.

And you’re letting them. You’re practically volunteering for it. “Hi I would like to purchase what you do, I have the money and need it now so I can do what I do,  but you can finish it whenever. Oh it’s fine that excuse happened, and that one, and that one, I’ll just wait.”

Take situations for what they really mean.  When a supplier takes you hostage you’re subsidizing their business with your yours.  Your putting yours on hold so they don’t have to. You’re giving them money and they are using it to do other things in the meantime.

16 Mar 2017

Things only you Can Do pt 2

If you work with other people or have people who work for you or work on your own – so everyone- remember: there are things only you can do.

Why spend your time doing things everyone else can do? You have a skill set, a vantage point, a plan that’s unique to you.  Of course we are all working within some limitations – and that’s exactly where the creativity shines.

If you are an owner there are jobs that someone else would willingly accept money to do for you. There are things as an owner that only you can do. Do those things. Don’t hold yourself hostage.  For a long time you gritted your teeth and did everything. EVERYTHING.  It’s so hard. You get in a mental mode of DO IT because you have to.  But you change- as an owner, and as a human. Don’t get stuck in a rut of gritting it out. It’s costing you things. The things only you can do.

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