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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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07 Oct 2017

Bike tour

I’m currently on a bicycle tour. It started at Cops and Doughnuts in Clare, MI and will go to Traverse City, through the Tunnel of Trees, over the Mackinac Bridge, across the UP, through Wisconsin, and across a ferry back to Michigan.

It is awesome


04 Oct 2017

Three Mules and a Funeral

I’m not sure if there are any more life events that haven’t been marked by a Mule. They’ve been present at births and played for newborns (Christopher porterfield and James those videos are my faves) engagement presents (Toddy Robinson, those pics are stunning) surprise/not so retirement gifts, played at a funeral, played at a wedding and now in a wedding! Chris’ wife Ruth surprised him with a Mule at their wedding. We shipped it to her Mom’s house. I don’t understand it really, why the work we do here gets to mark such big life events. It’s awesome, and it makes us feel part of something much larger than ourselves. Thanks so much for letting us into those parts of your lives.

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