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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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19 Feb 2016

Old Steel (and Brass)

Applying the patina to our resonator guitars is a creative process and one that is something we’re constantly tweaking, improving, and trying to make more beautiful.

We could chrome plate them, but you wind up with a Christmas ornament.

We could powder coat them, but you end up with a factory shelving unit.

We want something that looks aged, played, loved. Something that is intriguing but not overpowering. Something that adds rather than subtracts, and allows someone to see that this is a “handmade something” that isn’t contrived, artificial, or painful to look at.


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19 Feb 2016

Customer Review

“The Mule just arrived. Damn. I’m looking at it and I can’t believe it’s actually mine. Like, I’m worried that you’re going to call and say there was a mistake and I’m not worthy or something. It’s perfect. More than I could have expected. I can get used to pretty much any fretboard radius which is why i never bothered to ask about that sort of thing but – wow – it’s beyond ideal for me for finger style and slide. This mule is officially a family heirloom.

My expectations couldn’t have been higher and I truly couldn’t be happier. I’m sure I’ll be back for another one of these days; I’ll continue to follow your exploits on Instagram etc. If you ever need a reference or a testimonial or you’re looking for an investor, I’m your guy.

Thank you a million times.”

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