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We've got a lot of different tones to go through today. It's going to be a healthy mix of some really solid rock guitar and some nice 80s color as well.

For the main guitar we'll be using sort of a Marshall tone with some nice distortion. Just a really good rock tone that has a lot of body to it but also has nice cut to get the higher voicings out in the mix. I've got the bass set to about 4 and treble at 7 and the mids around 5. I'm playing my Telecaster and I'm on the bridge pickup for this guitar part.

For guitar 2 I'm switching pickup position to the middle pickup but use the same amp settings.

Guitar 3 is more of a lead guitar but it's tucked pretty far back in the mix so it becomes more of a moody lead melody rather than a huge lead guitar. We need a little bit of slapback delay and some nice 80s flange to get the tone right on this guitar part; I'm back on the bridge pickup again with the same amp settings.

Guitar 4 is more of that sweet new wave 80s sound and it's a more "jangly" clean tone with some nice chorus on it, not too crazy on the chorus, just a little wash over the melodies it's playing. For the clean tone I rolled off the volume of my guitar just to the point where it doesn't distort and then I added some treble on the amp. I'm back in the middle position on the pickup selector. This part is again more of a background filler but it's very nice.

Moving on to guitar 5, we go back to the bridge pickup because we want to emulate the main guitar sound as much as possible but with a little bit of flange effect on the guitar. We don't want this guitar part to be overwhelming but it still needs to be fairly present in the mix. This is because the rhythms we'll be laying down with guitar 5 work as a counterpoint to a lot of the other rhythm guitars.

Guitars number 6 and 7 will be the same as our main guitar but just put lower in the mix.

And finally, our solo guitar will also be the same as the main guitar but with just a little bit more gain and some nice and short slapback delay.