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The ideal acoustic guitar for playing "Day After Day" is one with a nice bright high end, but you can play it on any acoustic.

The acoustic strumming on the recording was double-tracked to achieve a "real" chorus effect, creating a full and shimmery sound. These days, we tend to opt for using an electronic chorus effect with a pedal or in a multi-FX unit; I am using a basic Boss CE2 chorus pedal with the rate knob at 2 o'clock and the depth at its lowest setting. I also am using a Boss RV5 reverb pedal set in plate mode with the level at 10 o'clock, tone at 11, and the time at 12 for a fairly long decay.

We'll be using a capo at the first fret so we can get the open strings ringing over some of the chords. The song is in the key of F major, and that is how the chords will sound, but in relation to the capo it will look like we are playing chords in the key of E.

Any electric guitar will be ok for the slide parts here as long its pickups are not too hot or you can remember to turn down the volume knob! We're steering for a low-output vintage sound. In concert during his solo career George Harrison got a similar tone to this one by using Stratocasters and a glass slide. I'll be using a Dunlop glass slide today on my ring finger, although George wore his on his 4th finger. He used heavy strings, high action, and small Fender amps for slide work.

For my amp settings on the electric guitar I have the bass set to 5, the mids at 5, treble at 5 and presence at 5. For this song we can stay in standard tuning to accommodate both the slide parts and the double-stop fills in the 3rd and 4th choruses.

We'll be in standard tuning on the electric to accommodate both the slide parts and the double-stop fills in the 3rd and 4th choruses.