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"Saved by Zero" features three guitars throughout the entire song. For Guitar #1 and Guitar #3, we will be using a Fender American Strat. Mixed with a slight reverb and lots of compression, this clean tone gives us the perfect sound for those funkier guitar parts. We also have a whammy bar to use for the first four bars of the bridge along with some chorus and delay, taking us the second half of the song which features both guitars playing some really cool counterpoint melodies.
The tone and effect settings for Guitar #1 are:
- Fender American Strat - Position Four (Middle and Bridge Pickups Together) w/10 gauge strings
- Fender Vibrolux Amp Emulation
- Slight Room Reverb - Mix @ 40%, Decay @ 30%
- Compression Pedal: Squashed Sound from MXR Compressor. Output @ 100%, Attack @ 100%, Sensitivity @ 45%

For the effected, textural parts I will be using a Gibson ES335 for Guitar #2 to help emulate the guitar-synth type sounds you hear in the song with a lot of modulated reverb. For the intro of our song, the decay will be all the way up and you will be using a volume pedal to sneak in those textures that you hear in the recording. For the rest of the song, it will be along with the following settings.
- Gibson ES335 - Bridge Pickup w/11 gauge strings
- Fender Vibrolux Amp Emulation
- Washy, Modulated Room Reverb (Strymon Blue Sky) - Mix @ 75%, Decay @ 75%, Pre-Delay @ 50%
- Volume Pedal (intro only)

For Guitar #3, we will be using the same settings as Guitar #1, but with a few added effects. We need to add a little more compression, as well as some chorus and delay.
The tone and effect settings for Guitar #3 are:
- Fender American Strat - Position Four (Middle and Bridge Pickups Together) w/10 gauge strings
- Fender Vibrolux Amp Emulation
- Slight Room Reverb - Mix @ 40%, Decay @ 30%
- Analog Chorus Pedal - Speed @ 50%, Width (Rate) @ 45%
- Bucket Brigade Style Delay - Timing Set to 373ms (for quarter note triplets), Mix @ 10%, Feedback @ 20%.
- Additional Compression for 2db Gain
Although we are using a couple different guitars and effects, you can play this song with just a single guitar just like the band does live using whatever you guitar you have available with a clean tone. I will go over how to do that at the end of our tutorial.