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Everything you need to know before playing ‘Gravity’

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Neither overdriven nor completely clean, but with just enough gain to provide that wonderful singing sustain, this is a trademark tone to covet. During early live shows John played the track on various Fender Stratocast­ers, these days opting for his signature PRS Silver Sky. Amp-wise, he was using various Fender, Two Rock and Dumble amps. Select a clean channel on your amp, pushing the input gain for sustain and compressio­n on the solos, backing off your guitars’ volume for the rhythm parts. Alternativ­ely, experiment with a clean boost or transparen­t drive pedal to push the front end of your amplifier slightly.

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