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All of the distorted guitar parts are played in Drop D tuning, so tune your low E string down a whole step to D.

I'm mainly using my Les Paul for this song, but any guitar with hum bucker pickups will give you that big fat sound. If you have a Strat or something similar with single-coil pickups, you may have to turn up the amp gain even more.

Since we're in Drop D tuning, I'm using "heavy bottom" strings, 10-52s, for a fatter sound. The thicker strings also help the guitar stay in tune better.

The amp I'm using is a modeled hi-gain tube amp with a distortion pedal in front of it for a bit of extra gain.

For the overdubs in the solo, I'm using my Jackson guitar because it has a whammy bar. The whammy bar is only used once in this song so it's not crucial to make it sound right.

The clean electric guitar parts are played in standard tuning in the studio recording of this song, so I'll be teaching it this way. If you were to play this song live with two guitar players, you would adapt these parts to fit a Drop D tuning. There is also a subtle chorus effect on the clean guitar - any chorus pedal will do.

The interlude sections and the outro also feature a steel-stringed acoustic guitar in standard tuning.