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John Lee Pettimore: Gear & Tones


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For this song you need an acoustic guitar with steel strings and any kind of electric guitar. I'm using my Martin style VKV acoustic, and the tone that you're hearing comes from a combination of the built-in Fishman pickup and an MXL condenser mic.

In the second half of the song the electric guitars take over. For these parts I'm using my Telecaster on the bridge pickup, and I'm running it through a modeled Fender amp with a distortion pedal similar to a Tube Screamer in front of it. I have the level set to match the bypassed volume, the overdrive set to 12 o'clock, and the tone set to 12 o'clock as well.

For the clean lead guitar I'm using the same basic settings, but with the Tube Screamer bypassed. Then I'm adding a subtle compressor to get a little extra spank out of it. I'm using a basic two-knob compressor pedal, where I have the sustain set to 10 o'clock and the level set to 11 o'clock. For the riff I'm also adding a subtle chorus effect, and for that I'm using a basic one-knob chorus pedal that's set to 8 o'clock.