Originally Posted by WombCannon
The relationship with Eddie started before I was at Fender it was ~2007 if I recall. I started in 2011 and moved to a position where I got to make friends with basically the R&D department for anything Fender made that wasnt Fender branded guitars.
I was good friends with the lead engineer on EVH and we would talk a lot about the amps and why they were the way they were. I wanted concentric pots and EL34's before they were ever even part of the product plan. The LBX II (green & blue channels) was my suggestion.
Originally Posted by Vince
I wasnt really in that part of Fender but I was the samples inventory manager so anything that was made that was to be a future product had to come through me at some point. I saw a LOT of cool stuff and made friends with a lot of people. I was able to affect change in the product lines based on reading here and /7/ and other sources. It was a really cool position but as hard as I tried, I couldnt convince anyone to actually hire me into the R&D department even after watching some people over there make some egregious decisions that were instantly bitched about across multiple platforms.
In regard to the EL34 to 6L6 I cant remember if the bias can go low enough to get to the spec needed for 6L6. I do know that having played both, the EL34 version is soooo much better IMO.