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First let's talk a little bit about the tones that you hear on this recording, but always remember that you can play almost any song on any guitar you have. It's ultimately all in the fingers.

The main rhythm and lead guitar is a steel string acoustic with heavy compression on it. Compression is an effect that basically evens out the dynamics of your playing, and is often used in a way, where you don't really notice that it's there. But on this song it's very featured, and you can hear it in the way that the dynamics of his playing are sorta "squashed" - that's not how an acoustic guitar would sound if it was right on front of you, but it's a great sound nonetheless.

For the electric rhythm guitar I'm using my Telecaster on the bridge pickup, and I have a bright clean tone with loads of reverb dialed in. The acoustic guitar is almost bone-dry, so it really sounds like the electric is way in the background because of the reverb. It also works because it's a very simple 2 note part he is playing.