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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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19 Aug 2013

The Steel Wheels SpokeSong tour

I’ll be helping these fine fellas pull their instruments on bicycles 350 miles through North Carolina the next two weeks. If I’m slow on the reply it’s because I’m struggling up a mountain somewhere, fear not, I will respond. If we survive. www.thesteelwheels.comwheels

13 Jun 2013

Mule Custom Resonator #19 headed to Sweden

What we have here is Mule #19. Almost 20, but not quite. Better than some meaningless number, this is going to a good friend of mine, one of the best in fact, Elias Rådelius. He traveled here from Sweden during highschool solely because he heard I was starting a hard rock band and it was called Burning Death Machine Symphony Orchestra. Only half of that statement is true and I’ll let you decide which half. I heard Elias played drums so I asked him, ‘Can you play hard rock?’ and he said, ‘No, I play punk.’ and I said, ‘Great’. Fast forward through a lot of noise, conversations which sole point is to be ridiculous, a few thousand miles and we have this and three other guitars along with myself heading to Sweden next Tuesday. Yes that’s right, because of his mad translation ability I sold four guitars in Sweden and am going there to hand deliver them because that’s how I roll. I have been through airport scanners with these before and have not been pulled aside to be searched. If that doesn’t say something about our national security then all those fellas listening to my phone calls and watching my facebook better reexamine how they spend their time.

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