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First let's talk a little bit about the gear and tones that I'll be using for this song. As always it's really important to remember that you can play a song like this on whatever gear you may have, and if you play the parts well, it's most likely going to sound great. It's going to sound more like the original if you have the same gear, but that doesn't mean it can't be different in a cool way, when you play it on your own gear. So always keep that in mind!

For the rhythm guitar that plays the lower parts in the open tuning I'll be using a Les Paul on the bridge pickup, and I'll be running that through a modeled version of a Marshall amp. The amp is cranked enough to deliver a great, distorted tone that I use for the whole song. In the verses I'll play with a softer touch and some more palm muting, which cleans up the tone a little bit.

For the lead guitar I'll be using my Strat, and I'll also be running that through a modeled version of a Marshall amp. The amp is once again cranked up to deliver a rockin' overdriven tone, and then in front of that I'll add an overdrive pedal similar to a Tube Screamer. That gives me a great distorted rock tone that I use for the whole song. I'll be on the neck pickup for the majority of the song, except for a couple of lead licks.

I also have a subtle delay tail with just one and a half repeats and a low delay volume. It's not very noticeable, but it does add some extra "stadium" vibe, which fits the song really well. I'll be using a Crybaby wah pedal for the solo and some of the riffs and licks. Guitar Tricks has lessons where you can learn to use a wah pedal. The lead guitar also uses the whammy bar in the choruses, and Guitar Tricks has lessons on that as well.

The most important thing when you dial your tones for this song is to get a nice bluesy overdrive sound, and have a lot of gain without having too much. There are a lot of cool rhythmic subtleties in all the guitar parts that can easily get lost if you use too much gain in your tone. So a good way to find the right amount of gain is to increase the overdrive or distortion until the parts start getting messy and unclear and then going down from there!