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A Gibson Les Paul is the authentic choice of guitar for this song, but any guitar with a humbucker pickup in the bridge position can approximate the tone.

As far as amps go, any low wattage tube amp cranked to 11 will do the trick here. There is a fuzz pedal used during the solo sections just for extra grungyness, and a Maestro ring modulator for the quick breaks at the end of each chorus. A slap back echo is used on the outro guitar solo. Some spring reverb will add some depth and space to the tone as well, and be sure to crank the reverb all the way up for the spooky dive bombs in the interlude sections. Check out the settings I used:

Marshall Plexi model: Drive: 95% Bass: 40% Mid: 50% High: 75% Presence: 70% (Guitar 2, turn drive down to 40% or roll down the guitars volume)

Spring Reverb: Wet/DryMIX: 30%

Fuzz Pedal (Guitar 1, solos): Tone: 80% Gain: 50%

Ring Modulator: Any setting sounds cool - experiment!

Guitar 4 SlapBack Echo: Time: 105ms Fdbck: 40% Wet/DryMIX: 25%