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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 Jul 2016

Charley Hicks

Charley Hicks is the man.  You want a new blues voice that isn’t Chicago blues? How about this guy. He recorded videos for every one of Charley Patton’s songs.  He just rips. Follow him on instagram too.

He’s bought three Mules so far, so there’s a ton of resonator guitar all over the place.

16 Jul 2016

Aggregate Alternatives

A bit of a tangent but it still applies.

We tend to think of alternatives in aggregate. “If I didn’t work this job I could start that business, go back to school and still have more free time.” We take the best parts of all our options and lump them into one big fat unrealistic alternative.    We don’t see that we don’t know how to run a business, going back to school would just be starting over, and there’s no real reason why we would actually have more free time.

It’s an important realization to have.  “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up,” the ever-wise Shia LeBouf said.  If you’re doing something, you’re further along on it than anything else you might try. Instead of changing course, double down.

It’s the same thing with guitars, even the resonator variety.  Maybe the single cone holds everything I think I’m missing, maybe it’s the pickup. Or the OM, or the dreadnaught. Round and round we go.  Instead of chasing, double down.

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