Momose Custom Craft Guitars Modern Virtuoso Series『MT24-MV』
Japanese Materials・Japanese Horse Chestnut (Tochi) Body
The body of a regular model; but made out of Japanese horse chestnut (Tochi).
Tochi has a moderate weight and relatively soft material, and the sound is characterized by a moderately solid tone that comes through brightly in the low-mid to mid-range.
It also rides well with distortion, and with high gain, it has a pleasant sound that resonates from a position where the center of gravity is a little low, allowing you to fully enjoy the flavor of Toch even with hard music.
Since this is a material that comparatively has a more visible wood grain, so it is often colored in elaborate ways to show it off, but for this model, we decided to match the regular coloring and hide the wood grain.
This is an expression of the spirit and confidence of the craftsmen, who are not swayed just by what’s the trend but are determined to use this Japanese material to give traditional high-end materials a run for their money.
Based on the conventional Momose MT model, we have updated it to a 24-fret specification to suit the modern music scene that deals with a wide range of sound registers.
To put it simply, a 24-fret neck on the body of a conventional MT model does not make for a well-balanced and highly playable model, so the cutaway on the first string has been redesigned as a 24-fret model, and the entire body has been slightly redesigned to look like a regular MT model at first glance, with craftsmanship that balances looks with improved playability. The result is a masterful balance between playability and looks.
HSH Mojotone pickups ready to be played in any situation
Mojotone pickups are laid out in HSH to match the 24-fret specification. Power humbucker-type front and rear pickups are placed to match the modern music scene.
Highly stable『Quarter-sawn Maple Neck』
All models in the Modern Virtuoso series are made with “quarter-sawn” maple, which is more resistant to warping than standard electric guitar necks. Maple cut this way is not available in large quantities due to low yields when the wood is cut from logs, but when used in the neck, the grain is oriented more strongly in relation to the tension of the strings, resulting in a stronger neck with less neck movement, which is common in electric guitars, such as forward and reverse warping.
Equipped with a GOTOH 510T-FE1 bridge
510T series does not follow conventional vintage style, but instead pursues the goal of greater tremolo functionality. It has a low clearance arm system of our own design. To guarantee a strong and hard-wearing tremolo blade, extremely resilient chromium molybdenum steel was adopted for the plate. It’s finished with high-grade heat treatment and precision machining.
There are a 6 pivot point type, the same as the synchronized style and a 2 pivot point anchor nut type, which incorporates stud lock (PAT.)* In addition, GOTOH’s original FST feature (PAT.) between the saddle and ball end, keeps the strings from touching the plate. Because of them, the unit’s ability to return to tune when using the tremolo arm is significantly improved. The 510TS comes with the popular steel block as standard.
*Stud lock (PAT.) system mechanically fixes the clearance between anchor and stud bolt, eliminating loss of sound transmission to the body.
(Adapted from Gotoh’s website)
Hipshot Machineheads Grip-Lock Open
The locking pegs are made by Hipshot, a company founded in California in 1983. The combination of precisely cut 18:1 gears and nylon bearings ensures smooth operation and accurate tuning over a long period of time. The pegs have different post heights for each string, providing the proper tension for the nut. This mechanism eliminates the need for string guides.
With Hipshot locking pegs, the string wraps around the string guide and peg post from the nut onward, which can be a major factor in tuning errors when returning from an arm down. The Hipshot locking pegs eliminate most of the string wrap (about half of the peg post) and do not get caught in the string guide. This dramatically improves tuning stability after arming.
The JESCAR frets are no longer the standard for modern component guitars. The JESCAR frets are the result of decades of technological development in the field of precision machinery and have achieved a quality that is homogeneous and stable not only in appearance but also in comparison with existing frets.
Water buffalo Nut『High Density Bone』
In general, nuts and saddles are made of a variety of materials, such as cow bone, task, ivory, brass, plastic, and carbon fiber, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Momose products have consistently used bovine bone material. We have now adopted a nut made of buffalo bone, which is denser and more stable in quality than ever before.
Even with bovine bones, there are areas where the density of the bone is high and areas where it is low, depending on the part of the bone and individual differences. If the density is low, the bone will be visually noticeable and the texture will be scabby. In this project, we set a standard for specific gravity at the procurement stage and decided to use only water buffalo bones with a specific gravity of 1.7 or higher. We believe that this standard is more dense and packed than conventional cow bones, and it will be an advantage in terms of sound quality as well as appearance and texture. The specific gravity of ivory is said to be 1.7 to 1.9, and one of its characteristics is that its material properties are close to those of ivory.
The control section is shown above, and the 5-way pickup selector can be used to switch the pickups used. A coil tap switch is provided for a wide range of sound makeup.