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For Guitar 1, I’m using a semi-hollowbody electric guitar, and for Guitar 2, I’m using a Les Paul, but any electric guitar will be suitable. Select the bridge pickup on both guitars for a tight, clear sound.

Guitar 1 is tuned to open D. Guitar 2 is tuned to standard tuning.

A Fender tube amp is the best choice to replicate the electric tone in this tune. Dial in a slightly overdriven sound - for example, set the Preamp Gain to 50%, Bass to 50%, Mids to 55%, Treble to 60%, and Presence to 60%.

For Guitar 2, I’m adding a Treble Booster for more gain, sustain, and bite, which is perfect for a gritty lead sound.

Add reverb to all guitars for depth.

I’m using regular light gauge strings that are 10-46 along with a heavy pick. That said, if you wish to keep a guitar in the open D tuning for longer term, perhaps experiment with a slightly heavier gauge.

Fender Deluxe Model:
Drive: 65% Bass: 50% Mid: 55% Treb: 60% Presence: 65%

Spring Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 40%

OPEN D TUNING (Guitar 1): (low to high) D A D F# A D

Lesson Info
Instructor Mike Olekshy
Stray Cat Blues