Get The Tone
A clean tone is all that’s required for this style. An authentic ‘50s sound is best achieved with a big archtop style guitar into a clean valve amp, letting the pickups clip the valves for a light overdrive when you dig in. There were no overdrive or distortion effects back then, so use any overdrive effect very mildly if trying to simulate the sound. In addition, a slapback (one repeat) echo and lashings of reverb are a must! Of course, most guitars set clean can provide a good approximation of the tone.