Get The Tone
Muddy’s main axe from the late 50s onwards, was a red Fender Telecaster with a fat modified neck. It’s easier to play slide using heavy strings and a high action. Muddy often favoured a 0.12 or even 0.13 first string, with an action so high, most could not fret it comfortably. Although he used glass bottlenecks, he would later opt for a smaller metal slide. The Fender Super Reverb was his amp of choice with all the controls set on 9. So we need to aim for a loud and expressive, power amp driven tone (so easy on the gain).