Eric helped design the Ty Tabor model guitar manufactured by Zion Guitars. " In 1993 I was approached by Ken Hoover of Zion Guitars. Ken had built a prototype for Ty some years earlier and had shown it to him...without much interest by Ty. Ken wanted to pursue building another guitar for Ty, and he knew I was a huge fan. Ken and I had been friends for years, and he asked me if I knew what amps and effects Ty was using. I told him not only did I know what he was using, but that I had seen Ty's amplifier rack and knew the settings. (I also owned Ty's backup guitar) So Ken asked if I would help figure out what guitar Ty would like. Sure. No problem. Within a few months, I took a copy of Ty's rig up to Zion. One of the keys to us getting Ty's tone was the use of a pre-amp. that I built. The guitar That Ty was using at the time was a 1980's Fender Stratocaster Elite. That guitar has an onboard pre-amp. A few years earlier I bought a few miscellaneous Elite parts that had been in storage at a guitar parts company. I built a pre-amp. pedal that would create an EQ close to that of a Stratocaster Elite tone. When I arrived at Zion's facilities we plugged every guitar they had in, to get an idea what most closely resembled Ty's tone.more
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