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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 Apr 2017


Eating is good. Eating too much is bad. Working out is good. Work out too much and you get hurt. When it comes to our physical bodies we understand balance.

When it comes to our minds it’s kind of a free for all.  Sure there’s talk about balance in regards to work and rest, and stress and fun. But are our minds just work and rest and stress and fun?

Technology is great. Too much is bad.  What we lose when there’s too much technology is intention, fallibility, and selflessness. Usually in that order.  Carried along by our impulse and habits we lose the intention that drives us towards where we want to go. Because we can so easily voice whatever thought comes to mind (a credible thought or not) we lose the ability to recognize that most of the time we are wrong or have nowhere close to the information needed to have an opinion. Talk about yourself enough and eventually selflessness is out the window and we are bent and satisfying ourselves.

It’s hard to tell when we lose those things because they are in our mind. We don’t have to buy new pants, we don’t limp around from running too much. Those patterns turn into our thoughts, or are removed from our thinking, so subtlety that  the free-for-all that is our minds think it’s just “us”. And if there’s any doubt we use our adult-sized vocabulary to rationalize the new us.  When you understand the drawbacks of technology you can balance them.  Intention- set your direction. In things that need to be done, and in your interaction with other people. Fallibility- Practice keeping your opinions to yourself, knowing that sometimes thoughts are just thoughts.  Selflessness- Do things for others simply because they are others.

13 Apr 2017

Be Your Own Cake

A few years ago when I got done busking in Chicago I was talking to a grizzled veteran of musician who we affectionately referred to as Crazy Uncle Ken.  I told him that it was a great busking day, as far as they go, where people got into what I was playing and it didn’t feel like I was a nuisance. He listened kindly, said that it was great I had good experience, and then said;

“Be your own cake”

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