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All you will need to play this song is an electric guitar and an amp! I am playing my Fender Stratocaster, set to the neck pick-up for Guitar 1 and the solo and to the bridge pickup for the Guitar 2 fills. I am playing with 9 gauge strings and a Dunlop 1mm pick; I find that the nylon picks give me a warmer sound than plastic picks.

Guitar 1 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. Guitar 2 has a bit more gain and a brighter tone. We are shooting for a clean sound that breaks up a little bit when you play harder! Pretty much every tube amp will give you this effect when you turn it up loud enough and some have a master volume, which allow you to get the gain without too much volume!

These days, amp simulation technology has gotten quite good at approximating the sound of a tube amp. Today 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. 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!