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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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19 Feb 2016

Jeffrey Foucault’s Mule Resonator

This is the resonator guitar we made for Jeffrey Foucault. I’ve been listening to his songs with admiration for last seven years or so, and now he’s going to be playing them (writing them?) on this instrument. Pretty cool.


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19 Feb 2016
the black keys Steel resonator guitar

A Guitar, The Black Keys, and Grand Theft Auto

Dan Auerbach of @theblackkeys Mule. My first concert was a Black Keys show in Virginia with my friend Smithers. We both worked at Huss and Dalton guitars at the time, and drove up to Washington DC for the show at the 930 club. Ten years ago they were popular, but had not sold out a 900 person venue. We got in and I got a phone call that my van had been stolen. The cop came to the venue lights blazing, and we walked back last the line and directly into the back of a police cruiser. It was kind of fun seeing the looks on their faces. We went to get the vehicle, which was in the middle of the road running. There was a car chase. With a mini van. They knocked the ignition out with a brick so it was still running. We took the van back to the venue, used the flat head screwdriver the thieves left behind to turn it off. Went in and got our faces melted. Now Dan owns a Mule and Smithers works here at Mule. Beautiful circle.

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