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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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10 Mar 2016

Spinning lathe acquired

Adventure. After three years of looking for a spinning lathe, an instagram acquaintance, Brian Alfonsi, found a sweet score. A spinning factory is going out of business and unloading their machinery. He’s going down to pick one up for himself, so why not pick up two? I’ll be gearing up and making a lot of scrap in the months to come while I learn to spin my own resonator cones. A spinning lathe is a bit different than your normal lathe with heavier duty bearings to take the axial load put on the machine.

There’s quite a bit of voodoo involved with spinning cones. If you see the extravagant things that real metal spinners spin, there would be no more voodoo. It’s just like anything. I’ll document the process with videos and such, so that anyone with enough wherewithal will get a good start.

On paper, it makes sense that a guy making resonator guitars would also make resonator cones, but we’ll see.


09 Mar 2016

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