Get The Tone

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Rock -

It’s likely that John used a Strat for this track, with its clas­sic neck and mid­dle po­si­tion sin­gle-coil sound. A Tele will also work well, but you do need a whammy bar for the vi­brato feed­back to­wards the end. Aim for a com­pletely clean sound with ab­so­lutely no hint of over­drive or break­ing up, plus a lit­tle com­pres­sion to even out the dy­nam­ics. The heavy cho­ruses are cour­tesy of a de­cent dis­tor­tion pedal through the clean chan­nel, al­though if you can switch chan­nels then this will work too. The abra­sive chewy sound on the outro solo is prob­a­bly from a phase shifter played with dis­tor­tion through a re­ally loud amp (for the feed­back). If you don’t have ac­cess to one of these (live or in an ef­fects rig in your DAW) try ex­per­i­ment­ing with a Univibe style pedal or even a phaser.

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