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Before we start digging into all the great guitar parts in this song, let's talk briefly about the gear and the tones I'll be using for the different parts, but as always it's important to remember that you can play these parts on any guitar and none of the effects that I'm using are strictly necessary. They purely add to what's already going on in the basic parts!

For GT1 I'll be using my Telecaster here on the bridge pickup, and I'm running that through a modeled version of a Fender amp with the amp volume turned up quite loud so I get some nice natural overdrive. I also have a tiny bit of reverb, but other than that there's nothing fancy about this tone. At the end of the bridge section there's a build, where I'm adding a fuzz effect for extra sustain, but you can easily stick with the basic overdriven tone as well.

For GT2 I'll be using my Strat on the bridge pickup, and I'm running that through a modeled version of a VOX amp with a much cleaner tone. Then for the high strumming riff I'm adding an overdrive pedal similar to a Tube Screamer, but any kind of overdrive will do, just to give it a little extra grit! For the pre-chorus parts I'm adding a delay effect, with a loud repeat and the timing adjusted so the delay tail happens as 8th notes. The delay is almost louder than the original note, which sounds cool and slightly unusual. But again, these extra effects only add to what's already going on within the parts, so don't stress about replicating all of this. Just think of it as options I'm presenting!