Momose Custom Craft Guitars Modern Virtuoso Series『MC-MV』
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 Mojotone Pickups
Mojotone Classic Strat x2 Classic Humbucker Hot
The Classic Strat, designed to produce a clean sound with a clear profile reminiscent of 50’s Strats, is on the Neck and Middle, while the Classic Hot, a Clone ’59 model aimed at reproducing PAF with a more modern flavor, a little more bass, and a longer sustain, is on the Bridge side.
Equipped with a GOTOH 510T-FE1 bridge
Equipped with a reliable Gotoh two-point tremolo unit.
The 510T series was designed to function as a tremolo device without adhering to the traditional vintage style. Equipped with a unique arm system with low clearance. High-hardness chrome-molybdenum steel is used for the plate to ensure the strength and wear resistance of the edge, which is the fulcrum of movement. Precision machining and high-level heat treatment are used to finish the plate. The fulcrum is a two-point anchor nut type with a stud lock (PAT.). The block with FST mechanism (PAT.), which is uniquely shaped to avoid interference of strings with the plate between the saddle and the ball end, has been equipped to dramatically improve tuning restoration after arming. (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』
High-density oiled water buffalo bone Nut
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.
This is a video of guitarist Kazuki Isogai trying out the MC-MV model unveiled at the One Day Guitar Show in 2021.