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â€"Tattoos on this Town" features several guitars throughout the original recording. In this tutorial, I am going to use three guitars. Two electrics to cover all the rhythm parts and lead melodies, as well as an acoustic to strum throughout the song. Both electrics will have a nice overdriven tone, along with a variety of effects. It's important to note that we have put a slide guitar in the song as well, but it's in the backing track and won't be taught in the tutorial.

The tone and effect settings for Guitar #1 are:

- Fender Strat - Bridge Pickup - w/10 gauge Elixir strings and Dunlop Small/Thick Pick
- AC30 Amp Modeler
- Gain Boost for 2db of Drive
- Slight Room Reverb - Mix @ 15%, Decay @ 30%
- Envelope Filter Effect - Level and Range @ 50%
- Tape Delay - Tap Tempo to Eighth Notes, Feedback @ 30%, Mix @ 15%


The tone and effect settings for Guitar #2 are:

- PRS McCarty - Bridge Pickup - w/11 gauge Elixir Strings and Dunlop Small/Thick Pick
- Dropped D tuning
- AC30 Amp Modeler
- Gain Boost for 5db of Drive
- Slight Room Reverb - Mix @ 15%, Decay @ 30%
- Envelope Filter Effect - Level and Range @ 50%

And Guitar #3 will simply be our acoustic.

Again, songs like this are a true testament to Nashville style production. Lots of guitars and layers can help make a production sound huge, and doing so is something you may not even hear at first listen. But once you see it done in the studio and you really listen, you start to hear all those elements and how much they do for the song. There are always tons of guitars playing different layers, and it can be really tricky to get to every single one of them. This tutorial is going to focus on doing this with two electrics and an acoustic, showing all those layers and parts that really stick out.