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First let's talk a little bit about the gear and tone that I'll be using for this song, but always remember that you can play almost any song on almost any piece of gear. It's ultimately all in how you dial whatever gear you have, and how you play. The main thing here is that you don't want your tone to be bright, clean and pristine. You want it to sound muddy, muffled and weird for this song!

I'll be using my Gibson 335 on the bridge pickup to play this song, and I'll be running it through a modeled Fender amp with the volume cranked so it breaks up quite a bit. I'm using a dark sounding 2 12 cabinet, and I rolled off some treble on the amp.

Other than that I have quite a bit of reverb in my tone, as you can hear in the intro. I'm using a separate Fender spring reverb unit with the mix set to 10 o'clock, the decay set to 9 o'clock, and the tone set to 12 o'clock.