Watch: Demo of the Mule Mavis, an amalgam of resonator, solidbody and archtop
Guitar.com had the opportunity to jam with the Mavis, a handcrafted resophonic-style guitar from Michigan-based Mule Resophonic Guitars.
READ MORE: The Big Review: Mule Resophonic Guitars Mavis
The guitar combines a slew of elements from resonator, solidbody and archtop guitars. While it might resemble your average resonator, this handcrafted little piece of magic bears some surprises – namely, a Tomthumbucker mini-humbucker, complete with master volume and tone controls.
Sure, mic up the Mavis with an old ribbon microphone and you’ll be treated to recordings resembling century-old blues recordings. Plug it in, chuck on a fuzz and you’ll be treated with garage-rock tones.
One caveat on Mule guitar models: they can be a little hard to track down outside of North America at the time. And since they’re handmade, the waiting list (at writing time) stands at 17 months. But, trust us, this one could be worth the wait.
“It feels like both a songwriting companion and the launchpad for hundreds of new ideas,” Guitar.com‘s chief editor, Chris Vinnicombe said in his 9/10 review of the guitar.
“Inspiration is an intensely personal thing, of course, but the sheer number of artists gravitating towards this guitar suggests that on some objective level [luthier] Matt Eich is doing an awful lot right.”
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