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19th Nervous Breakdown: Gear & Tone


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I'm using a Les Paul for this tutorial, but any electric guitar will be suitable to play this tune. The overall tone has more to do with the amp settings and effect choices.

As far as amps go, any Fender-style tube amp is a fine choice. Set the amp for a clean sound, and add some spring reverb for depth. Set the preamp gain at 30%, bass at 45%, mids at 45%, treble at 60%, and the presence at 65%.

Guitar 1 switches a fuzz effect in and out at the end of each verse for a dramatic and cool punctuated line. Guitar 2 uses a tremolo effect that adds a hypnotic warble to the arrangement.

As for strings, I'm using a 10-46 string gage, with a heavy pick so I can dig right into those riffs and chords and get some solid attack out of them.

Here are the settings I used:

Fender Deluxe Model:

Drive: 30% Bass: 45% Mid: 45% Treb: 60% Presence: 65%

Fuzz Pedal:

Fuzz: 45% Tone: 65%

Tremolo Effect:

Rate: 75% Depth: 50%

Spring Reverb: WetDryMIX: 45%