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Before we start digging into all the great guitar parts in this song, let's briefly talk about the gear and the tones I'll be using for the different parts in this song. But as always it's really important to remember that you can play these parts on any guitar, and if you learn to play the parts well it'll sound great on almost any instrument.

For the acoustic rhythm guitar I'm using my Martin-style VKV acoustic, and I'm getting the sound that you're hearing from a combination of my built-in pickup and the overhead mic that I'm also talking through. To play the actual part on this song you'll need a capo, but if you don't have one at the moment you can always strum along with the regular basic chords.

For the slide guitar I'm using my Rickenbacker on the middle pickup position. I'm running that through a modeled version of a Fender amp with the volume cranked so I get some natural overdrive. I also have a little bit of reverb on it. You'll also notice that I'm using this little device up here called an â€"extension nut”, which raises the strings so far over the fretboard that you play slide without having the worry about hitting the frets. Of course you can't fret a normal note, when it's like this, but thankfully on this song we don't have to. Many people can play slide on their regular instruments, I've just always preferred it this way. If you want to get an extension nut, they're about 10 bucks and you can order them online. You just loosen the strings and slide it under. But again, this is not a necessity just another option!