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Guitars 1, 2 and 4 are electric guitars that provide a variety of tones throughout the song. I’m using a Stratocaster for the electric parts, but any electric guitar can be used. Select the bridge pickup for a clear, powerful tone.

You’ll need a guitar equipped with a tremolo bar to perform some of the vibrato heard in the intro riffs, but the song can still be played without one.

A 12 string acoustic guitar was used on this recording, but is not necessary to play this tune. Any acoustic guitar will work great, but one with a brighter tone will help cut through the mix.

A Fender tube amp is the best choice to replicate the electric tones in this tune. Dial in a clean setting - for example, set the Preamp Gain to 35%, Bass to 45%, Mids to 60%, Treble to 60%, and Presence to 55%.

Guitar 1 uses a slightly overdriven sound in the intro. Kick in a treble booster for these parts to give some grit and edge to the tone.

Guitar 2 kicks in a fuzz pedal for some licks in the first interlude section.

Guitar 4 uses plenty of echo to enhance its slide parts throughout. There’s also a simple slide melody played leading into the first interlude section that uses lots of reverb. That lick also swells in by using a volume pedal or rolling up your guitar’s volume control. Add a touch of reverb to all guitars for depth.

Since we’re in standard tuning, I’m using regular light guage strings that are 10-46. I’m also using a heavy pick to dig into these parts.

For the acoustic I’m using a 11-52 string gage with a medium pick.

Fender Deluxe Model:
Drive: 35% Bass: 45% Mid: 60% Treb: 60% Presence: 55%
Treble Booster (Guitar 1):
Drive: 45% Tone: 70%
Fuzz (Guitar 2):
Drive: 40% Tone: 65%
Echo (Guitar 4):
Time: 525ms (1/4 note delay) Feedback: 35% WetDryMIX: 30%
Reverb (Chamber):
WetDryMIX: 30% (increase to 75% for first slide lick)