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I’m using a Les Paul set to the bridge pickup for a full, clear, and powerful tone, but any guitar with a humbucker pickup in the bridge position is suitable. Guitar 2 uses the neck pickup for the clean parts, giving a warmer, bell-like tone.

As far as amps go, any High Gain tube amp is a desirable choice. Crank up the amp for a thick distortion sound. Set the Drive to 90%, Bass to 45%, Mid to 50%, Treble to 60%, and Presence to 60%.

Guitar 2 uses both a high gain sound as well as a clean tone throughout, so it might be best to set your amp for clean, then kick in a distortion pedal when needed. Alternatively, you could set a channel switchable amp for clean and dirty channels and switch between them.

I’m using 10-46 gage with a heavy pick to dig into these massive riffs.

Here are the settings I used:

Marshall JCM800 Model:
Drive: 90% Bass: 45% Mid: 50% Treb: 60% Presence: 60%
Reverb (spring):
Wet/DryMIX: 30%