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Los Angeles, CA – What is an Origin Guitar?  Many of those who attended the 2012 Winter  NAMM show at the cavernous Anaheim Convention Center during the Jan 18 –  Jan 22 confab were  overheard whispering just those words.  The two founders of Origin  Guitars, Lucian Tu, formerly manager of Ibanez Electric Guitars, and  former head of Industrial Design at Line 6 and Rob Nishida, the former  head of Artist Relations for Ibanez Guitars, carefully  selected four NAMM booths, all owned by their industry friends, to  display Origin Guitars. The idea was to get some quick recognition for  the brand name before launch by having the guitars used as NAMM booth  demo guitars for Rivera Amplification, Jet City  Amplification, Brunetti Amplification and Eventide.

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Origin Guitars is a small, three-man operation in  Southern California, where all of the instruments—down to the truss  rods, are designed and hand built in the Origin shop.  Only the pickups,  tuners, bridges and miscellaneous hardware are carefully  selected and sourced.  Origin Guitars is launching with one model  called the Convergence, which speaks to the convergence of Tu and  Nishida’s ideas to create their idea of the perfect metal guitar.

Available as both a 6-string and a 7-string, the  Convergence is an ergonomically sculpted shred machine for the  discriminating metal player.  The key to the Convergence sound is  centralized in the neck joint, where a proprietary ALT5, 4mm  thick military grade aluminum neck plate is imbedded into the all  mahogany body, securely locking down the oil finished 3-piece maple neck  with 5 bolts.  This unique neck joint not only gives the guitar the  resonance and sustain duly amplified through two  EMG active pickups, but allows for superior accessibility to the 24  frets on rosewood or maple fingerboards.  Hardware choices include a  Floyd Rose locking bridge or Tone Pros fixed bridge.   Guitars start at  $2,499.99 for fixed bridge, hand rubbed oil finish  6-string models.

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