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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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10 Aug 2017

Truly Made by Hand


Generally speaking if you wanted a resonator guitar you bought it from one place or you bought an import. Three guys in Saginaw, MI give another alternative. An argument can be made what "handmade" actually means. If that's what you're looking for- there are no robots here. We didn't throw handmade next to our name on a new website with a picture from 100 years ago. We carve, hammer, patina, using our mitts. Right now. When you get your guitar your name is on inside label. The guitar is made by Matt, Phil, and Smithers. There's no president/CEO's here. It's a new option, a new sound. Reinventing the steel. #guitar #resonator #dimebagdarrell

10 Aug 2017

The new sound

THE NEW SOUND- Built in inspiration is a new sound. When you hear things you haven't heard in an instrument you go someplace new. It's uncomfortable at first because it's unexpected. You settle in a bit and start fishing around. Out comes new songs. That's what these guitars get you. They aren't only "blues guitars". Most of my customers aren't blues guys, and more than you would think have never even played a resonator. These guitars are a new sonic layer that opens your ears. When you go back to your wood body guitars then you hear them in a new way-to your ear now they are "unexpected". And round and round it goes. Built in inspiration. It's not a tag line it's how you can put tone to work.

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