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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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28 Nov 2017

Reinvented Expectations

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

22 Nov 2017

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