2016-249 – 1930s Vintage Dobro Mandala

1930s Vintage Dobro - photo by Matt Eich
1930s Vintage Dobro – photo by Matt Eich

This week’s MotD theme: The Round of Music

Matt Eich, the maker of Mule Resophonic Guitars™ in Michigan, shares a photo of a 1930’s vintage Dobro (resonator) guitar owned by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. I love all the mandala shapes and patterns formed into this guitar, including the two sun crosses on the left side.

Matt builds his own line of highly-sought-after resonator guitars. About his Mules he states:

Using what I know about instrument making, I’m rethinking these 1930’s era instruments so they can be used as an expressive tonal layer in any style of music. I cut out the steel plates I get from a steel shop in town and form them. I get locally sourced maple boards and carve them into necks. I apply the patina using a process I myself worked on for months. These guitars are not imported and rebranded. I make them with my own hands.

Here’s a Mule being played. Listen to more Mules being plays or watch them being made via Matt’s “YouTube” page.

For more information on the history of resonator guitars, read all about it on MusiciansFriend.com.

Inspiration for Today

So, my big brother was playing guitar, and I figured I’d try it too. – Stevie Ray Vaughan

I had no aspirations to be a musician, but I picked up a guitar for two seconds and haven’t put it down since.  – Slash

My stepfather had an electric guitar. He went to his pawn store one day to get a guitar and an amp, and I couldn’t understand what I was hearing. All afternoon, I just sat against the amp and let it reverberate through me. Something must have stuck.
George Benson

Happy Coloring!

If you would want your mandala or your idea for a mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read about how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.


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