Do it for the story

Do it for the story

The main reason we like vintage gear is the story connected to it. A ‘54 strat was there at the beginning. The marks are proof of where it’s been since. Getting an instrument from a maker is another way of becoming part of...
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Brassy Goodness

Brassy Goodness

Resonators on fire. Matt...
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Steel Tricone Cutaway for Mr. Kowalcyzk
Raw Steel Mulecaster

Raw Steel Mulecaster

  Raw stainless steel Mulecaster.    -Matt...
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Work Life Balance for Work/Life Balance

Work Life Balance for Work/Life Balance

I'm going to start a series of posts of maintaining a work life balance directed at fellow maker/owners.  A lot of been written about work/life balance which is basically 'work less and do not work things more'.  There's some...
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Steel Resonator Guitar - Tri-cone
Build Pictures

Build Pictures

My customers get some pretty snazzy build pictures as their guitar is being built. Here are some from this week. -Matt ...
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New Guy Will

Will is our new employee, and he's already got the best hair in the shop. "I'm from a mile-long beach town on the Delaware Bay, where you had to drive a half hour to get milk or bread. I started working at Musikraft four and...
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Cutaway

Cutaway

We don’t make 14 fret guitars but we do make cutaways with what has become known as the L-hole. Looks more like a backwards J but that’s longer......
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Jeffrey Foucault's New Album

A songwriter who has been a big part of the Mule story going back to before I had ever even seen a resonator guitar is Jeffrey Foucault. If you havn't heard his stuff you're in for a poetic grit you havn't experienced.  He's...
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Jeffrey Foucault on his Mule Resonator Guitar

Here's Jeffrey Foucault doing his thing on his Mule Resonator. You're welcome. -Matt https://youtu.be/uk66lcM4d60...
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Winning One More

I coach JV football. We frequently talk about “finding a way to win”. Depending on who they are playing against they need to try different techniques and strategies to win. A particular strategy might win them one more play....
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Acoustic Guitar Article

Acoustic Guitar Article

When I was 20 I first saw Huss and Dalton in Acoustic Guitar, and I went to work for them. EE Bradman gave me the opportunity to be interviewed and did a fine job asking questions. We talk background, tricones, and how...
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Charlie Parr on his Mule

Charlie Parr playing "Delia" on his Mule tricone for the Folk Alley Sessions.  Sweet lordy almighty he makes it sing.   https://youtu.be/9Vh064fGz1c...
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How to Succeed at Work and Life

How to Succeed at Work and Life

In interviews with employees I ask them this question, “What’s your plan to help us?”It’s a hard question because it’s a real question. It can make it obvious if the interviewee is there for them or there to show they can...
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Tuner hole jig

Tuner hole jig

Out of 300 guitars I had never mis drilled the tuner holes. Until last month when I whiffed on two. This will fix that. Fellow guitar makers- learn basic CAD and how to weld, MIG is perfect although you'll see me TIG the...
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Torrefied maple and titanium

Torrefied maple and titanium

The qualities of a good neck - a shape that everyone likes - not just a C, not just a V, not "thick" not "thin". After handcarving around 1,000 necks Mule customers are telling me I'm on the right track.

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Neck Work

Neck Work

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work break

work break

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