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Any guitar with a humbucker pickup in the bridge position is the right choice for this song. The humbucker provides plenty of power and clarity perfect for heavy riffing.

As far as amps go, any cranked up Mesa Boogie-style tube amp is the perfect choice. All guitar layers require a thick crunch tone, so turn the preamp gain up to 70%. Set the bass to 40%, mid to 55% and highs and presence to 60%.

This song features a very unique open B&E tuning. Usually, I would recommend an optimum string gage for each string, but since you are unlikely to keep a guitar in this tuning over the long term (unless you have several guitars lying around), I suggest not worrying so much about changing string gages just to accommodate this particular tuning. The only other tune I've ever seen use this tuning just happens to be another Soundgarden song, but that's it. Just be careful when you are re-tuning the strings that you don't go too fast. Sometimes strings will snap or break if you don't use caution while making dramatic changes in string tension.

Guitar 2 uses a slide in the chorus section for a cool change in texture.

Use a medium to heavy pick so you can dig right into the riffs and retain some aggression and sharp attack. Add a touch of reverb to all guitars for depth.

Here are the settings I used:

Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Model:
Drive: 70% Bass: 40% Mid: 55% Treb: 60% Presence: 60%
Spring Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 15%

TUNING : (low to high) : E E B B B B