After several rounds of R&D with our original 3+3 style headstock, we realized that we preferred an in line design for the headstock. An in line and reverse headstock to be exact – Jimi Hendrix had it right when he flipped around his right-handed Strat. The reverse headstock in effect allows for tighter tension on the lower strings, and makes the higher strings easier to bend, which is especially useful for those who down tune. Not only that, we simply fell in love with the wicked look. The prototype guitars that were made for Marty Friedman (the purple/black one) and Terry Balsamo (the white one) from Evanescence for testing purposes both featured our original 3+3 headstock.
ALT5 Neck plate –
As described in the features section, the ALT5 neck plate is the heart of the Origin guitar. We always knew that the guitar would be based around a bolt-on neck plate. But it took us a while to arrive at the right combination of material, size, shape and thickness. And let’s not forget the Thumb Ledge. If
you really use those upper frets, you’ll really appreciate this
deceptively simple feature that allows you to anchor your usually
wandering thumb. Using the Thumb Ledge, you won’t be simply reaching for the upper frets, you will be attacking them.
The Body –
It took several rounds of prototypes to get the contours right. As far as body material, we knew that we wanted to use mahogany for the rich, thick tone that only mahogany can deliver. But
we wanted a light mahogany body – an oxymoron to be sure, but the goal
was to achieve this without using the old “Swiss Cheese” trick that one
major Iconic American guitar company uses to relieve weight. We wanted to reduce weight in a functional, and yes, elegant way. We
think that we achieved this goal by applying an original carved arch
with scooped horns on top, and a dramatic body cut on the back.
All Origin Guitars are hand built in our custom facility in Los Angeles,
California by former Ibanez custom shop luthiers. These
are accomplished luthiers who have built iconic guitars for some
of world's most prominent players including Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, John
Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Mick Thomson of Slipknot, Marty Friedman,
Fredrik Thordendal and Marten Hagstrom from Meshuggah, Munky and Head
from Korn and many, many others. We take advantage of all of the latest
technology that is available and marry this with old school guitar
building techniques. From the bodies and necks, including our own truss
rods to the inlays and application of finishes, each step of the build
process is handled with the utmost care and attention to detail.