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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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25 Aug 2016
24 Aug 2016

Things that Matter

Things that vibrate the most mean the most. In order of importance.

Strings, including gauge -Body size- biscuit/saddle – (top for wood guitars) -cone – back – body material.

Everything affects tone- at least in theory. And probably not in any amount that’s worth taking time away from playing to think about. Leave that to the luthiers to tinker with in their spare time.

22 Aug 2016

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22 Aug 2016



“What you do for a living is not ‘be creative’. What you do for a living is ship. ” -Seth Godin. Have you seen how our culture honors “try” as much as “finish”? Maybe we feel that in ourselves too when things don’t go as planned. That false praise can be an excuse to quit and it can be an excuse to keep at an idea that sucks. Do what you say you’re going to do. “Something came up” is an excuse. Don’t push yourself, or others, around. Commitment doesn’t mean you know the way. It means you will find it. “There is no try, there is only do. ” Finish.

20 Aug 2016

Brass Resonator

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