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First let's talk about the guitar tones that I'm using to imitate this recording. I'll be using my Gibson 335 for all the guitar parts, and I'll be running it through some modeled Marshall amps. As always it's ultimately all in the fingers and how you play, so never think you have to have any specific gear to be able to play this song.

For the rhythm guitars I'm using a distortion pedal similar to a RAT with the distortion set to 9 o'clock, the treble cut set to 3 and the volume set to match the bypassed volume. I'm also getting some gain from the amp being cranked, and those two things together give me a really nice distorted tone for the rhythm riffs.

For the lead guitar I'm using a fuzz pedal, which is just a different type of distortion. It's much more compressed, so you get crazy sustain out of it, and there's something about the way it distorts and with the high end that makes people describe the sound as "fuzzy". It's a really cool sound for these lead parts, but you can always just use normal distortion instead.