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I’m using a Les Paul set to the bridge pickup, but any guitar is suitable. Be sure to choose the bridge pickup for a clear, powerful sound.

As far as amps go, any High Gain tube amp is a desirable choice. Set up the amp for a clean sound with a touch of grit. Set the Drive to 30%, Bass to 45%, Mid to 50%, Treble to 60%, and Presence to 60%.

Guitar 1 is set for a cleaner tone, while Guitar 2 uses a full high-gain sound. You can achieve switching between these tones by using channel switching on your amp (if available), or kicking in an overdrive/distortion pedal for a thick crunch sound.

Guitar 1 uses some echo to fill out the sound. Add some reverb to both guitars for depth.

I’m using 10-46 gage with a heavy pick to dig into these massive riffs and licks.

Here are the settings I used:

Mesa Dual Rectifier Model:
Drive: 30% Bass: 45% Mid: 50% Treb: 60% Presence: 60%
Tube Screamer (Guitar 2):
Gain: 90% Tone: 50% Level: 70%
Echo (Guitar 1):
Time: 375ms Feedback: 35% Wet/DryMIX: 25%
Reverb (spring):
Wet/DryMIX: 30%
TUNING: 1/2 step down (Dropped Db) : Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb