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Andy Summers used his famous Fender Tele on this tune, but don't be fooled by that; his guitar is heavily modified and does things a regular Tele won't. You can cop the tone for this tune by using any single coil guitar - a Tele, Strat, etc.

For guitar I, set it for the bridge pickup - wide open volume and tone. As far as amps go, Andy used Marshall Plexi's around this era, so I dialed in a Plexi model with 60% drive, 100% bass, 80% mid, 75% treble, with some spring reverb set at 45%.

You will want to add some chorus, as Andy was very fond of chorus. I used an analog chorus model with speed at 0.4Hz, 50% depth, and a 44% wet/dry mix.

For the arpeggiated part in Section D, dial down the gain about 25% and you'll have it. I switched to the middle pickup to mellow the sound and cut a bit of high end, to aid in the dynamics. Same guitar, just cleaner and be sure to pick less aggressively to give it a mellower sound.

For the noise solo part, I cranked the Marshall up and added a bit of reverb but the tone is still fairly clean. You don't want the tone to get too distorted; you'll be evoking the noise out of your guitar using techniques, not a lot of effects.