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For these examples I'm going to be using my Gibson 335, and I'll be running that through a modeled Fender Princeton amp. The Princeton is a legendary Fender amp that's quite small and not crazy loud. That's often a good thing because it'll break up and overdrive naturally at a more tolerable volume than some of the bigger amps. In fact many of the huge guitar tones you hear on classic records were recorded with small amps for that very reason! Since I want an extra overdriven tone for these examples I'm also adding a distortion pedal similar to a Tube Screamer in front of it.

Apart from that I'll be using my middle pickup position - where both the bridge and the neck pickup are engaged - and I've rolled the tone all the way down to obtain that odd, almost synth-sounding lead tone that you may recognize from certain classic rock recordings. You can experiment with this technique on any guitar, but just know that it's going to sound different for every guitar, pedal and amp. That's part of the fun! And as always you have to remember that you can play the examples with almost any guitar tone.