@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
The purpose of making an instrument is to be inspirational and transparent and a component of that is building what people expect. A guitar should guide players to new songs while also getting out of the way. A three horned double neck guitar with a floating bridge trem might have some new songs in it, but it eventually gets in the way and get puts down.
When you build what people expect the intention is transparent. “Ah, 12 fret resonator,” and generally speaking you have an idea of what it may sound like. That’s where reinvented expectations come in and where the builder makes his statement. I see it whenever someone new picks one of the Mules up. Unexpected complexity, unexpected warmth, unexpected touch. Things they feared about resonators – too thin, too brash, can’t play slide, don’t play blues- go away. Things they used to play may not fit so they adjust, they find new sounds, new songs. It’s a new puzzle with new pieces. It’s built-in inspiration. -Matt