Ty Tabor: “I developed my entire sound and style around one type of guitar pick. If I use a different one, I can’t get the same tone”

Ty Tabor
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In addition to serving as one-third of King’s X, singer/guitarist Ty Tabor has also been spotted in a variety of other projects throughout his prolific career, including The Jelly Jam, Jughead, Xenuphobe and Platypus.

But since the late ‘90s, he has been regularly issuing his own solo albums, the latest of which, Shades, arrived in its entirety on March 4, and sees the electric guitar titan handling all instrumental and production duties.

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Greg Prato

Greg is a contributing writer at Guitar World. He has written for other outlets over the years, and has been lucky to interview some of his favorite all-time guitarists and bassists: Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Adrian Belew, Andy Summers, East Bay Ray, Billy Corgan, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, and Mike Watt, among others (and even took lessons from John Petrucci back in the summer of ’91!). He is the author of such books as Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, Shredders: The Oral History of Speed Guitar (And More) and Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.