Millimetric Instruments MGS2 Spec run down
Following on from my visual taster video of what the MGS2 has to offer, it's good time to run through some of the real nitty gritty with the technical specifications of our demonstration model here to enjoy.

Millimetric Instruments MGS2 specs

I want to say a quick thank you to those of you who watched the aforementioned video, I had so much fun making it and it marked a really special occasion for me personally and for the Home of Tone. Working towards it's arrival was the culmination of over a year's work, from myself and Florian deciding to work together, dialing in how is best to represent the brand to seeing the build come to life and so, so much more in between. It meant a lot to me to mark the occasion with a video I really enjoyed making. So thank you for watching it!

Now, as promised, let's get into the specs!

The MGS2 is Millimetric's symmetrical hip, single cut design which sits at a familiar 25.5" scale length. It was the 2nd model introduced to the range after the MG6, double cutaway model, and perhaps brought in a slightly softer design edge to the range compared to that vividly designed double cutaway model. 
This particular build was the vision of Florian, with the intention of the guitar being a showcase piece for the brand, he wanted a really standout instrument for me to represent in the UK, with a clear aesthetic and it's safe to say he achieved that with the build.

Millimetric Instruments MGS2 specs

Headstock
Starting from the top, the headstock features a 3 a side tuner design, but with a very clear tip of the hat to a couple of Florian's big influences from the guitar world in Travis Bean & Obstructures with it's hollow centre style. You sometimes see guitarists noting locking tuners potentially adding to headstock heavy tendencies, forum speculation or real world experiences or not, this isn't a concern on the MGS2 with this hollow headstock design certainly counteracting any additional weight from a locking tuner. 
Whether it was intentional or not, I personally noted the extra mass past the 'D' & 'G' tuner post to the top of the headstock reminding me of some of those Ervin Somogyi style steel string acoustic headstocks, similarly repeated on other brands like earlier Tom Sands builds or Dion Guitars to name a couple. Again, intentional or not, I personally love the look of that little extra mass at the peak of the instrument.
Tuners are by Hipshot, and are their Grip-lock open gear locking models with the additional industrial buttons, which brilliantly suit the subtly mechanical aesthetic of Millimetric. On this particular build, the open gear tuner really suits the colour scheme with the brass gear visible to see.
The truss rod access is great too, meaning should any tweaks be needed over time, you can get to the Allied stainless dual action truss rod very easily from the front or rear of the headstock due to that hollow centre design. This again, adds to the mechanical design points I'll touch on a few times throughout this run-down and further proving Florian's attention to detail.
The nut is cut from GraphTech's black tusq material, which is a self lubricating material further helping reduce string grab at the nut. This also suits the colour scheme as opposed to perhaps a natural bone etc. Nut width is a familiar 42mm, think Fender here for an idea of how that feels and string spacing.

Millimetric Instruments MGS2 specs

Neck
The colour may be what catches your eye initially here, understandably. But don't be quick to think this is ebony, as it's actually black walnut which has been oxidised to create the jet black colour whilst retaining some walnut grain character up close. Florian is always keen to use woods easily available and sustainable within Canada, rather than imported woods so materials like maple, cherry, walnut and ash are most common sights on a Millimetric Instrument. It really looks stunning from all angles, but when you're sat playing the guitar the light will catch it and shine some of the original rich brown walnut colour and grain pattern which looks stunning. Although sanded and finished to an incredibly smooth feel, there is a subtle open grain look to it which gives a lovely sense of texture which continues across the guitar which I'll get to shortly.
The profile on this particular build is on the slimmer side, something which is to Florian's personal tastes. Shape, you'll see the Millimetric standard D to C shape, which is what all models are carved to, but you can custom order within reason and possibilities, thickness requirements. This particular neck has been carved to 20mm at the 1st fret & 21mm at the 12th fret giving it a very fast and comfortable feel with a 12" radius fingerboard.
Fretwire is Jescar stainless steel (FW47100 for the luthier geeks) which has a fuller 'under the finger' feel than perhaps a medium profile fret to give you an idea of what to expect. This is the standard fretwire used on Millimetric too I will add. They actually measure at 2.54mm wide and 1.19mm tall, and an area that truly shines (pun intended) is how incredibly well Florian has shaped and worked them. They are a lesson in fretwork, with wonderfully rounded fret ends which fall slightly short of the rounded fretboard edge (deliberate of course!) giving your palm an almost fretless neck feel whilst playing. You'll wonder why everyone doesn't do them like this! The fret end slot is also inlaid with the matching material to the fretboard markers, a thin white line inlay which is reminiscent of the Millimetric logo too. It has 22 frets.
The neck joint is heavily inspired by the instruments of Travis Bean which were known for their aluminium necks. Meaning the neck runs right through to the string ferrules, so the main two anchor points for the strings are via the same piece of wood. If resonance is your thing, having the two string anchor points on the same piece of wood is a good thing! It's affixed to the body via bolts and inserts which are flush mounted for a clean look and feel. Although technically of course this is a bolt on neck guitar, the feel is very much like a through neck, and gives access to the upper frets just as easily as any others across the board. With the beautiful carve at the heel of the neck, you'll want to spend an awful lot of time up at those upper frets too!
I will also note the stunning 'V' volute carve at the top of the neck also, this is shaped beautifully and looks great as you peer down whilst playing.

Millimetric Instruments MGS2 specs

Body
The body material, to match the neck is also black walnut which has been oxidised. This aside from the aesthetic gives it a beautiful tactile feel in your hands and is beautifully shaped and finished leaving it silk like to touch yet wonderfully textured with open grain left to feel. 
There is a very subtle carve all around the body edge, up to the pickguard edge which makes it comfortable under your arm but also gives it a unique aesthetic by making the guitar look incredibly thin. 
The MGS2 is a fairly small body size, measuring at 33cm at the widest point on the lower bout, but having said that I'm 6'5" tall and I have enjoyed playing it quite happily despite by large stature! If you are perhaps conscious of this though and prefer your guitar body shapes to be a little larger, I would recommend looking at the MGS3 offset model which is a slightly bigger brother to the MGS2 in comparison. 
It has been finished using Livos Kunos natural oil sealer, which has a very hard, durable feel but is very smooth to the touch. Tactile I would say. Florian has always openly stated his preference for more environmentally friendly finishes which includes Livos, and his water based milk paint finishes instead of more harmful guitar finishes like nitro traditionally used. 

Millimetric Instruments MGS2 specs

Hardware
Dunlop flushmount straplocks sit subtly in the body leading you to believe Florian forgot to fit strap pins to his guitars at initial glance! but again this is all for a clean look whilst being safe and secure when it's strapped up.
The pickguard is made in house, using black acrylic which he hand brushes to give an almost anodized aluminium look and feel. One advantage of this finish to the pickguard is it does make it more easily repaired should it need to be. It's also the only place you'll find the Millimetric logo, sitting just left of the also in house made bridge. 
The control knobs and switch tip are made by Florian, and are black ABS with the control knobs also have a nice 'pointer' made from a brass threaded grub screw which nicely compliments the bridge.
Speaking of the bridge, this is Florian's own design and is too, made in house. It has a stainless steel and saddles which are painted black, and the string saddles themselves are brass grub screws with a shaped slot smoothed beautifully to allow a good break angle and solid feel. Adjustment is made by loosing the locking screw on the sliding saddle for intonation then lock it up when dialed in, and the string height is set by the brass grub screw which is a fine thread screw allow subtle adjustments. In case you're wondering whether those protruding brass screw saddles will cut your hand as you strum, something strat players are often familiar with, then fear not, as they have been rounded and polished to as smooth as can be finish. Palm muting or resting your hand on the bridge is comfortably done, without fear or palm getting torn up like it may initially seem! It's a wonderfully well engineered, simple and effective essentially locking hardtail bridge and it responds well tonally when playing. Design point wise though, it always for a clean shaping around the pickguard too which was initially where Florian's desires came from making his own bridge design. 

Millimetric Instruments MGS2 specs

Electronics
The pickups on this particular MGS2 build are Millimetric's MMLS pickup set, which are a take on a hybrid of the traditional lipstick and strat style single coil pickups. The were developed by Florian & MLS pickups in Toronto Canada, and MLS are who makes them for him. As described earlier, tonally you can expect a sound akin to traditional lipstick pickups along with some Strat like sounds, and the outputs are 6k in the neck and 7k at the bridge. The pickups are pickguard mounted, and adjustments to height can be made via the two allen key flush mount screw heads either side of the pickup's brass tube cover. 
They're wired to a pretty traditional control layout, featuring a volume & tone courtesy of a pair of Alpha pots, via a three way switchcraft short frame toggle switch and switchcraft jack. The volume pot has a treble bleed fitted, and the tone pot has a .022uF capacitor. The pots feel very smooth in use, and show a good gradual taper. 
But it's certainly easy to see for yourself what is going on in the control cavity, as the back plate is made of clear acrylic, showing the inner workings of the guitar. This is another design point to the mechanical aspects of design, and I think it really suits the clean look of the guitar. Florian mentioned in my Meet the Maker interview with him, that he is influenced by architect and designer, Jean Prouve, who discussed showing the mechanics of an object in design. I also like the copper ground used across the components, great when you are using the wiring as an aesthetic point not just hiding it behind a cover. 

Millimetric Instruments MGS2 specs

Millimetric Instruments currently come supplied with a hard case, but this is a pretty darned special hard case. It is made by a company called Nanuk, who also make flight case and transportation equipment for the Army. It is built like a tank too, and size wise is about 2" thicker than a traditional Fender tweed case for example, and 4" longer. So for a very substantial flight case, isn't excessive in size. But it is of course safety in mind here, this guitar will be safe and sound wherever you take it, and the inner lining is dense, and precisely shaped foam, and it even has the model and serial number etched in the case lining which is a cool touch. The 4 large, clasps (2 of which are locking) are located all along the one side, there are two retractable handles as well as casters for back saving movement! I also noticed when the guitar arrived, that it has a pressure equalizer, good for international travel. So a pretty hefty, very high quality case is included. 


So there we have it, a detailed look at the guitar I'm so proud to have here. I hope to make a video of this for those that like to listen through rather than be glued to their screens, so expect to see that on my YouTube channel soon.

Again, if you'd like to come and try this guitar for yourself, it is absolutely what it is here to do! So please get in touch with me at james@homeoftone.co.uk and we will organise an appointment, or alternatively I will be bringing the guitar with me to a few guitar shows up and down the country through the year so keep an eye out here on the blog as well as on my social media for upcoming shows that may be local to you. 

A quick thanks again to Florian of Millimetric Instruments for this incredible build, and for having me as his UK representative. Demo videos on their way!!

James

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