“A canvas can be painted red, black or blue, but it would still be the same canvas.”
To me Origin is like a canvas that can be painted in innumerable ways. If that is the case, then you may wonder what exactly it is that defines Origin. After all, when a canvas has been painted, nothing of the canvas itself can be seen any more.
What we are facing is the issue of identity or personality. You could dress differently, have a new hairstyle or change your vocabulairy, but you’d still be you. A canvas can be painted red, black or blue, but it would still be the same canvas.
So then, what kind of canvas is Origin? We need to look at the facts first. Origin always has a relatively soft wood for the body and a dense stiff wood for the neck and fingerboard. The neck is always bolt on. The neck is always reinforced with carbon rods and a dual action steel trussrod. It has always 24 frets, which is a factor in locating the pickups. There’s always a massive bridge and lightweight tuners.
In more poetic terms these facts would translate as: it has an attitude, a character you have to master, it has a will of it’s own, but it can be your trusted servant if you know how to treat it.
In musical terms these facts would sound like: punchy and lively midfocus, tight low end without loosing warmth, spanky top end without being brittle, rather a dirty growl than a polite voice.
The paint on top of the canvas then would be analogous to the choice of wood, choice of pickups, choice of colours for finish and hardware, choice of inlays and so on. These all have an impact on the total appearance and total experience of the bass. In that sense there are many different Origins all with their own style. Take a look at the gallery and see what I mean. It’s diversity.
But in the heart of the matter there is always that same identity, a character that each Origin has. Or in other words, Origin has many phenotypes, but just one genotype.