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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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03 Aug 2017

Torrefied maple and titanium

The qualities of a good neck – a shape that everyone likes – not just a C, not just a V, not "thick" not "thin". After handcarving around 1,000 necks Mule customers are telling me I'm on the right track.

You also want a guitar neck to be stable. Stability means it doesn't move around in changes in humidity. This is typically done by kiln drying the wood and then, preferably, letting it sit around for a few years.

Torrefaction is a process where wood is dried in a special vacuum kiln. This is able to draw out more moisture, but also resin in the wood. The wood becomes more like cells found in old wood. It's über stable- it doesn't change with humidity.

Titanium is magic. It's super strong, crazy light, and rings. Oh lawdy does it ring. In a guitar neck these increase the strength – resistance to string tension over time- and also vibrate like the dickens.

We now offer this as an option for Mules.

Torrefied/Ti quartersawn $100
Torrefied/Ti flame or Birdseye – $200

02 Aug 2017

Tuner hole jig

Out of 300 guitars I had never mis drilled the tuner holes. Until last month when I whiffed on two. This will fix that. Fellow guitar makers- learn basic CAD and how to weld, MIG is perfect although you'll see me TIG the Mulecasters, and it will change your jig game.

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