The Convergence is an ergonomically sculpted shred machine for the discriminating metal player.

Los Angeles, CA (February 9, 2012) – Origin Guitars is launching with one model called the Convergence, which speaks to the convergence of founders Lucian Tu and Rob 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.

Origin Guitars is a small, three-man operation in Southern California founded by Tu, formerly manager of Ibanez Electric Guitars, and former head of Industrial Design at Line 6 and Nishida, the former head of Artist Relations for Ibanez Guitars. 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.

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