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Drivin' My Life Away: Gear & Tone


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We'll be needing 3 different tones today. The first is going to be a pretty basic acoustic guitar sound, no effects or crazy tones. Just a nice and dry acoustic country sound.

For our lead guitar we're going to dial in an overdriven Strat tone with some slapback delay. The tone of the amp is sort of a Fender tube amp, aiming for that "country rock with a Strat" type of vibe. The delay is just a short slap that echoes nicely over the parts we'll be playing today.

The tone itself is pretty well-rounded, the settings I have on the amp are bass at 4, mids are at 8, and the treble is around 6.5. On the Strat I'm on the pickup selection that allows me to play the middle and the bridge pickup, so you go all the way to the bridge position and then back one step.

We're also going to dial in a swampy tremolo that adds a great vibe to the song; we'll be using the same tone as our lead with the delay and all, and then we simply add a tremolo set to around a dotted 8th note in relation to the tempo of the song. It's a pretty soft tremolo, so don't dial in a full square wave.