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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- especially when it comes to the blues!

90% of the tone is in the attitude, so play forcefully with lots of emotion and conviction. The last 10% comes from things you don't do. For instance, don't add a ton of distortion. You wanna hear all the individual strings and all the dynamics. Distortion tends to compress your tone, which means less dynamics. Also, don't add a ton of effects to the tone, like delay or chorus- keep it raw and unpolished. You can get away with some bright reverb, but less is always more in this style of music!

Bo Diddley is famous for playing a rectangular guitar with humbuckers, which he allegedly designed after an unfortunate accident on stage with his earlier guitar. I'm using my Gibson 335, but you can really play this song on any guitar, if you keep the things I mentioned earlier in mind. I'm running it through a modeled Fender amp with a little bit of reverb.