Mulecaster

Mulecaster
$250.00

Note: The wait list opens with limited build slots the 1st Saturday of each month at 11 am eastern standard time.  If slots are available you will see "$250" and "Add to Cart" above.  If no slots are available currently you will see "Sold Out". Come back the following month and more slots will be open. 

Current price is $3300. The wait time is about 8 months for future customers. We are not currently taking international orders. This includes Canada. 

Deposit locks in your wait time and price and is non refundable.  Any changes to the wait time or price on the website does not apply to you if you are already on the list. 

I started making a Mulecasters because I wanted to learn how to weld. I didn't plan on selling them.  I made a blue one for Doug Wamble and he played it at the Woodstock Guitar Show. Electric guitar at the Woodstock show.  He picked it up and I could smell the torches start burning...

People came up to me after to ask me what the heck was going on with that guitar.  Everyone has heard every T style guitar it was clear to people something was different. 

It's steel. They didn't believe me until I knocked on the body.   It's that resonance in the hollow steel chamber that makes the notes pop.  It gives everything a hollow 3D resonance thats hard to explain but easy to hear in the mix. 

I was still unsure if it was a thing. I'm stubborn. Then Ariel Posen got one and put 17-64 strings on the same exact guitar and tuned it to B standard.  I heard him on stage.   It blew my mind. It's depth. It's inflection.  Every right hand nuance jumps out because it takes so little effort to get the guitar going. It's like being used to an old Buick and then feeling the gas pedal on a sports car. 

Want to buy? Click here to read the frequently asked questions.

Looking for more pics?  Check out the Photo Albums.

Both single cut and double cut Mulecasters are available as 25" scale baritones or 25" standard tuned - this decision only affects what strings we put on the guitar here.  You can use the other set on your instrument with no changes.  

Powdercoat $150 Red, Black, light blue, green, Gold, Pink - Examples of available Colors

Hipshot Bender +$250

Italian Tort Pickguard +150

"Some months back Matt Eich from Mule Resophonic Guitars showed up at gig at the Ark in Ann Arbor, MI., and brought me two guitars to play: a steel reso like the one I already own but don't usually travel with, and a Mulecaster, a steel body electric guitar in the telecaster style. The lipstick pickup on my Silvertone gets a little buzzy in certain rooms and it did that night, so I played the Mulecaster all night. They liked how it sounded, and they built one for me. Beat that. You can get the specs from them, but for my money the notable thing about these guitars is the incredible sustain, and some real wild overtones and harmonics in places on the board where you don't usually find them. Sometimes it feels like two or three birds singing. Also, they're incredibly beautiful and satisfying to hold."

-Jeffrey Foucault

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Hey Matt,

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you how much I love my guitar. Everything about it is spot-on! Beautiful to play and, just as important, beautiful to look at. It truly is a contemporary work of art. I'm sure that I will enjoy her for many, many years. 

Thanks again for all of your help."

My new brass weapon of joy!

What a beauty! I don't know if they're all like that, I think with that one you built, everything came together perfectly. Tell me if I'm right.

Thanks again,

Colin Hay"

What's up with the 25" scale length baritones affectionately known as "posencasters"?

When Ariel Posen came (ArielPosen.com)to us and said "I want a steel double cutaway Mulecaster with a standard 25" scale length but tuned to baritone (B standard) with 17-64 strings" I was hesitant. We did it though.

And it's awesome. The issue with normal baritones and their long scale length is that it feels really weird.  Everything is a reach. The bass strings are really loud. You buy one and try it and then sell it because it sits in the case.  

With the normal scale length you don't have to reach. You use big strings, but the tension is the same as a normal set because it's tuned so low.  And if you want to swap it back to normal tuning there are no modifications necessary except a different set of strings and a nut. Check out what Ariel can do at arielposen.com and https://youtu.be/8fp-jFe1CBw

How To Buy A Mule

Step One: Make a deposit. We can talk options later, you don't have to decide now.

Step Two: About a month or so before we begin your guitar you'll get an e-mail to confirm options. Mulecasters come in the color choices pictured above, or raw steel finish. Color will be confirmed with Matt before the build beings.

Step Three: When you get the snazzy completed pictures you pay the remainder, we ship it to you and you are happy.

FINANCING AVAILABLE -  We work with a financing company to provide monthly installments. Get on the list. Apply with them. They deposit the amount in your bank account. You pay us the full remainder and then pay them back in installments. Interest rate depends on your credit score. Click below to apply.

 

Make A Deposit

muleresonators@gmail.com

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Inspiring tone is something that produces a sound that wakes up your ear and your creativity. That's the value in having one of these instruments. You will hear new things, make different musical choices, write new songs. After playing a Mule you hear other guitars with fresh ears, make different musical choices, write new songs. Round and round it goes. It's inspiring tone.

I know buying an instrument this way can be unusual but trust me, it's something special. Developing a connection with the person who made your instrument and the others who also play them is an inspiring thing in itself. It makes a guitar bigger than an object, it makes it an experience. 

Comments
Kris S.

Matt,
I have hundreds of guitars including all the 50’s gems from Fender and Gibson (every year and every model accounted for).  Your guitars hang with the very best of them.  I’m floored.  I’ll be buying more as soon as spots open up.  Thanks and keep raising the bar! Best, Kris 

Joel F.

Will you be opening things up to Canadian customers anytime soon?

Nick  B.

I just traded for a Mulecaster (baritone) and it is amazing! (an instant keeper forever!)

Jeff

Just got mine and my God, it’s more than a guitar, it’s a work of art. What Stringjoys are on the Mulecasters as they’re sent out? They’re perfect.

Matt E.

Hey all! I’m going to keep the April waitlist open until Saturday at 8pm to make sure anyone who encountered website trouble can get on the list. Thanks!

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