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First let's talk a little bit about the gear and tone that I'll be using for this song, but always remember that you can play almost any song on almost any piece of gear- especially when it comes to the blues! Those guys mostly just played whatever gear they had and made it work.

The most important thing tone-wise, for this song, comes from putting down your pick and playing with your fingers instead. You can play it with a pick, but it sounds much more authentic with your fingers.

For this song, you want a pretty clean tone with maybe a tiny bit of crunch or overdrive, so it sounds like your amp is turned up pretty loud. But it's better to have your tone too clean than too overdriven. I use a modeled Fender amp, and I have the volume set to 6 out of 10, so that's how I get my tone.

I'm also using an EQ pedal, where I have the 2k turned up one notch to get that nasaly sound. It's hard to know if that came from his gear or from the way it was recorded, but if you wanna imitate that part of his tone, then that's the way to go.

I'll be playing my Gibson 335 on the bridge pickup for the main riff, but you can play it on any guitar.

For the supporting rhythm guitar I'll be using the same basic settings but without the EQ boost and with my pickup switch in between the front and back.