Watch: Mule’s Mavis is an amalgam of resonator, solidbody and archtop designs

These hand-crafted guitars are tough to get hold of but are they worth the wait? Take a listen to our video demo to decide for yourself.

Guitar.com recently had the opportunity to jam with the Mavis, a handcrafted resophonic-style electric guitar from Michigan-based Mule Resophonic Guitars.

The Mavis combines elements from resonator, solidbody and archtop guitar design and, while it might bear a passing resemblance to an acoustic resonator, this handcrafted piece of magic also features Mule’s Tomthumbucker mini-humbucker, master volume and tone controls. Sure, mic up the Mavis with an old ribbon microphone and you’ll be treated to something that sounds like a century-old blues recording. But when you plug it in, everything from garage-rock to Radiohead is possible with this versatile and hugely inspiring instrument.

At the time of writing, Mule instruments are a little hard to track down outside of North America. And since they’re handmade, the waiting list currently stands at 17 months. But, trust us, this one is worth the wait.

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“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 Mavis.

“Inspiration is an intensely personal thing, of course, but the sheer number of artists gravitating towards this guitar suggests that on some objective level [Mule luthier] Matt Eich is doing an awful lot right.”

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