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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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01 May 2016

Building Resonator Guitars wherever You’re Allowed

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You have to do what you  have to do, and getting going with these resonator guitars was no different.  I spent about a year and a half at the first ‘Shop”, two years in the basement and the last six months at shop number three.  It’s been 13 years in the making though, and it’s been an awesome adventure.

01 May 2016

What are resonator guitar Cones made from? Resonator Biscuit Cone Material Revealed


What is the boring composition chart you see above?  This is the composition of a tricone cone I sent to Metaltest in Washington state to have tested.   I’m in the process of getting my lathe set up to start spinning my own resonator cones which is a new adventure for me.

I think there’s a certain amount of voodoo involved with resonator cones simply because so few people do it, so there isn’t a lot of information on it.  The internet starts trying to fill in the gaps and the voodoo is born.  I think the beauty of making things is that there isn’t any voodoo involved.  There is material and there is technique.  And then there are the important things like ambition and persistence.  I would love if there were 20 people in the world spinning cones.  Imagine what we could come up with?  Maybe seeing this information will spark something inside your head that this is something you want to do-CAN do- and you’ll create something great.

As you can see, it’s  most likely 3003. An alloy used for spinning, drawing etc.

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