Resonator

Resonator
$250.00

Note: The wait list opens with limited build slots the 1st Saturday of each month at 11AM 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. 

Price - $3925. Wait time 12 months for future customers. Your deposit locks in your price and wait time and is non refundable. We offer financing, click here to apply: https://apply.sweetwaytopay.com/muleresophonicguitars0xv125a

We are not currently taking international orders. Yes, this includes Canada.

Let this instrument take you somewhere adventurous. Finding yourself playing the same thing over and over on your red guitar, then the blue one, or the one with hotter pickups, or the one with the fancier back and sides? Time for a push. 

To be inspired you have to swing it wide.  Wake up your ear. Get a bit uncomfortable.  Find who plays these things and what songs they get out of them (we have lots and lots of videos).  Learn something new. Then make it your own. Hear your other instruments in new ways. 

These aren't "slide guitars" or "blues machines" they are tools for you to find the new sound. They are set up just like acoustic guitars but sound extraordinarily different. They can sound sweet and subtle, or like you're hitting a trash can with a baseball bat.  It's in  that range of expression where you'll find your inspiration. Connect with the people who made them and be part of that story.  It's an experience, not just a guitar on a wall.  Making these instruments is our life and our joy is when they become part of yours. 

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

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All resonators are tricones. Options: Pickup -$160 Brass - $200 Cutaway - $200. Paint- $150   Red, Black, light blue, green, Gold

Price includes hardshell case. 

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"The mavis arrived today.   It’s absolutely stunning.  It’s feels great and sounds even better.   What a joy to own something so amazing.  I will get years and years of enjoyment out of it.

I want to say a special thank you for understanding, being patient, and being just an all around stand up business.   Anyone should feel honored to do business with you. 

I wish i could tell anyone who is considering one of your guitars about my experience.   I’m a customer for life.   I’ll take very good care of your amazing handiwork.   Well done and thank you.   

M. Helmuth"

"I love how you can get such a wide range and depth of tone depending on where you place the right hand and attack.  I can get it to sound like a piano with some really rich overtones and sustain that lasts for days or that growl you expect out of a resonator.  The neck is smooth and effortless.  It feels great all the way up to the 12th fret. Overall I am thrilled with my Mule and the wait was worth it."

Mark D.

"Dear Mule Guys, 

Gentlemen, just a quick note to say thank you all so much for making the most amazing guitar I have ever had the privilege to play. I am still blown away EVERY SINGLE TIME I pick it up.

There is so much to dig about it: the way it looks, the way it plays and the way it sounds, especially the way it sounds  - always brings a smile to my face.  The neck, the action and the feel are beyond belief: it’s somehow the perfect reso and the perfect acoustic all at the same time. I don’t now how you did it, but I am stoked that you did.

I never thought I would buy a guitar I hadn’t had the chance to play but I am so monumentally glad I did.  You guys have gotten it so right and in my humble opinion it’s a testament to all the hard yards you put in to get to where you are now.

It’s impossible to put into words how much joy I get every time I play it (or look at it - Mule’s truly are a work of art!).  It is beyond any doubt that Mule has made me a much, much better player than I was before and I have you all to thank for it.

I feel truly privileged to be (in a very small way) a part of your story.   It really feels like there is a sense of community with all that Mule does and I am stoked to be a part of it.  Thank you all so much again.

Kind regards, as well as a whole lot of love and respect

Tom

PS - Saving up for the Mulecaster deposit now!"

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"Finally, after a bunch of monkey-business with FedEx and the alternate pickup site and me being out of town, I got the guitar last night. How do I explain this briefly (short on time)?

What a beautiful instrument!

You already know that of course, but man, even though I only got a little time on it last night and this morning, what a sweet, singing guitar. I'm stunned with the range it has--it seems to pull off an almost impossible balancing act between being sweet and cultivated, and rough and full of swagger. It responds beautifully to a softer, more measured touch, but also just explodes when played hard--it almost asks to be played hard. I was rather amazed at how it seemed to lead me in to new places or ways of playing than on my other guitars (wooden, or the National). I found myself playing familiar songs (by Fred McDowell, among others) with a level of commitment I hadn't quite reached in the past...and then jamming; just a lot of improvising. Really strong rhythmic stuff, with palm muting just produced the most amazing, tough bark that I'm completely mesmerized by. 

I also found myself improvising much more modal, kind of Indian stuff on it, and it just sings so sweetly on the high strings. It's not sharp or biting actually--just--sweet...like beautiful dark honey or something.

How did you make a resonator that is both refined and fierce? It's amazing. I can't wait to get more time on it. Thank you thank you thank you! More later I imagine...

Regards,

Pieter"

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The guitar made it here alright, no problems at all. In fact it was pretty close to being in tune as well. And, shoo-boy, what a stunner!! Such a beautiful thing, Matt! Just wonderful, between the wood choices and the way you've finished them, and the great metal-work work. Eeeh yow, I love it, I love it. The shape and size of the neck is awesome, too. My National has a wider fingerboard, but I really like the slimmer profile of the Mule, and particularly the shape of the back of the neck. Now I kinda wish I had a steel-string guitar with that same neck on it. So comfortable in my hands. Yeah; a steel string with the Mule's neck and a 12 fret joint. That'd be a good feeling guitar. Even the same body size would be cool. I've never gone looking for a small bodied steel string like that. I owned a 000-18, newer one, for a while, but it didn't sound so good, so I sold it. Maybe the Mule's shape and size is close to a Gibson L-OO or something? Hmmm...got me thinking. Fortunately I've been able to play this evening for a little bit without sounding like a beginner, so I've been able to dig inside the Mule a bit, find out what her singing voice is like. I'll give it a little more here and there, over the next few days when my hand seems ready and willing, and I'll keep you posted. I also found the secondary inside label with the thought from the story of Job, "shall we accept only good from God and not trouble?" and I can't thank you enough for that touch. It hit me like a prayer, and it seemed perfect to have it there.Thank you again for your kindness and generosity, Matt. Sincerely, thank you. I'll try to give you a call sometime over the week

Peace and blessings,

Kelly Joe"

"Hi Matt, So holy crap!!!! I'm at a bit of loss of words here but honestly I had high,high expectations and this guitar has certainly risen above those expectations straight into the stratosphere. First, as many Mule owners already know it is absolutely stunning. The neck, the body finish, the tuning heads..everything about it is beautiful. That said, the real mind explosion moment for me was the sound, and I still can't really get over it because it's so rich. There is a darker, mysterious tone that I have never heard on any guitar I've ever played. my wife noticed it immediately and was absolutely blown away by the resonance. I don't really know how to describe it actually, but it is a deep, soulful sound and it's beyond anything I could have hoped for. You sir are a true master. It has been a great pleasure discussing guitars and things over the last few months and this whole experience has been incredible.

PS I called in sick today so I could play all day. I can't put this guitar down!! hahaha

Mike M.

Thanks again Matt and I look forward to meeting you here in Vancouver during the Guitar Festival."

" 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"

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How To Buy A Mule

Step One: Make a deposit. We can talk options later, you don't have to decide now. Your order confirmation email will  have your wait time and locked in price. 

Step Two: About two months or so before we begin your guitar you'll get an e-mail to confirm options. You'll get progress pictures of your guitar as it is being built. This is awesome. 

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.

Comments
Robert A.

Hey Matt, I’m on the wait list for a resonator. I’m wondering if you could compare the sound of a resonator to a Mavis. I’m assuming that the resonator has more body resonance - much like the comparison of an acoustic to an electric. With that said, the Mavis has the same resonator on board, so maybe they are actually closer. Many thanks!

Matt E.

Hey Robert! You're exactly right.  People definitely play teh Mavis unplugged when recording on such for a really different sound, but teh steel reso is a fuller sound because of the bigger body and steel. THey are very different animals acoustically. Plugged in you can tell they are both resonators but again, the resos are much fuller sounding than the Mavis. 

Dennis P.

Hey Matt,

this is Dennis Petersen… I am getting all excited again… I have order number 288734… I am wondering what you think the ETA is…

I quite enjoy Everything about your business, business concept and vibe… please send me an email with any information.  

Thanks, Dennis

Matt E.

Hey Dennis! Looks like we will be confirming details with you next week! WooohooO!!!!

Michael C.

Hi Matt, all international order are a no go? Canada?!?

 

cheers

 

michael

Matt E.

Hey Michael!  Sometime later this year I'll be opening up to a limited amount of international orders. Stay tuned!

ChristineZ

Hey there, 

hope you are doing well, could you please have any idea about the time you will resume international orders ?

Thank you, have a nice MULE day :)

Christine

Matt E.

Hey Christine - later this year I'll be opening a limited amount of spots for international orders.  We were getting a ton of international orders and with all the logisitcs issues recently it got to be a real headache. Thanks for understanding. 

Alfred B.

I hear my phone keep ringing
yeah I know it sound like a long distance call

I picked up my receiver
The party said another muuuuuhuule

People, that morning I go home . . .
the whole neighborhood was standing there grinning at me, laughing
saying another muuuuuhuule

After a while I went back home, put my hands in my pocket, got my key out
and unlocked that door and there stand my wife was crryyying
she said another muuuuuhuule

The little girl was jumping up on the floor, she was patting her hands together, she batting her eyes, she was looking straight at me
and she was sayin, sayin Muddy Water, another mule kicking in your stall

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