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I’m using a Les Paul with the bridge pickup for a bright, clear tone, but any guitar is suitable.

Any acoustic guitar can be used to play this song, but one with a brighter tone will help cut through the band mix a bit better. If you have a 12 string acoustic, all the better since this is what was used on this version of the song! The 12 string will give a richer sound, but is not necessary to play this tune.

As far as amps go, any Fender style tube amp is a desirable choice. Set the amp for a light crunch sound. Set the Drive to 60%, Bass to 50%, Mid to 50%, Treble to 65%, and Presence to 65%.

The electric guitar uses a talk box effect for the leads. This can be approximated by using a wah wah pedal, or an auto wah or auto filter type effect.

I’m using 10-46 gage for the electric with a heavy pick. For the acoustic I’m using 11-52 string gage with a medium pick.

Here are the settings I used:

Fender Deluxe Model:
Drive: 60% Bass: 50% Mid: 50% Treb: 65% Presence: 65%
Auto Wah:
WetDryMIX: 35%

TUNING GTR 2: (low to high) D G D G B D