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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 6 Feb 2020 10:50 am    
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I have always wondered why Mullen has a key head with a crack in it.
It seems like most all the other makers have a one piece key head.
Is for ease of manufacture, better tone or what?
Erv
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Dave Meis


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Olympic Peninsula, Washington, USA
Post  Posted 6 Feb 2020 11:51 am    
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I'm guessing ease of manufacturing. The keys aren't part of the nut. The roller nut is one piece, and the key pieces are identical and 'book matched' . Maybe Mike will jump in here and correct me if I'm wrong (which I commonly am!) 😃
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 6 Feb 2020 12:20 pm    
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Wouldn't a one piece key head contribute to enhanced sustain?
Erv
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Dave Meis


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Olympic Peninsula, Washington, USA
Post  Posted 6 Feb 2020 12:40 pm    
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No idea, Erv ...but mine has great sustain! 😃
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Dale McPherson

 

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Morristown, Tennessee, USA
Post  Posted 6 Feb 2020 1:06 pm    
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Mullen offers both. I ordered my new Mullen with the one piece keyhead. I think it looks better.
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 6 Feb 2020 1:10 pm    
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Dale,
I was unaware of that.
All I've seen are the ones with the crack. Very Happy
Erv
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Dave Meis


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Olympic Peninsula, Washington, USA
Post  Posted 6 Feb 2020 1:42 pm    
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I was also unaware of that. I didn’t know they were 2 piece until I got mine, but the fit is excellent as is the sound! 😀
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 6 Feb 2020 2:29 pm    
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What is the reason for a two piece head?
Why do they even make it that way if you can order a one piece head?
If I'm not mistaken, the Emmons short key head model guitar also has a crack in the key head.
Erv
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Mike Mantey


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Eastern Colorado, USA
Post  Posted 6 Feb 2020 3:40 pm    
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We do use a two piece key head for manufacturing reasons. It would take so much material to make that many one piece key heads. We do all of our own machining so machining time is a high factor. We did come out with a one piece key head, and the differences is not much.
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 7 Feb 2020 7:54 am    
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Mike,
Is there an additional charge for a one piece keyhead?
Erv
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Mike Mantey


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Eastern Colorado, USA
Post  Posted 7 Feb 2020 8:29 am    
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Yes Erv it is an upcharge.
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