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All you will need to play this song is an electric guitar and an amp! The guitar tone on the original recording is very warm and just the slightest bit overdriven; the kind you get from turning your tube amp up, as opposed to using an overdrive pedal. We are shooting for a clean sound that breaks up the slightest bit when you play harder!

Pretty much every tube amp will give you this effect when you turn it up loud enough. Some tube amps have a master volume, which allow you to get the gain without too much volume! These days, amp simulation technology has gotten quite good and can simulate the sound of a tube amp cranked up for natural gain. Today I am using I am using a Boss GS-10 amp simulator for just that reason. It gives me the tone controls, reverb and natural sounding gain of a tube amp.

I am playing my Gibson Les Paul, set to the bridge and neck pick-up for the bass lines and the neck pick-up for melodies and solo. I am playing with 10 gauge strings and a Dunlop 1mm pick; I find that the nylon picks give me a warmer sound than plastic picks. Ultimately, any guitar and amp or amp-simulator will work. It's all a matter of what you have access to and to your personal taste and preference!