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Today we'll be needing a modern hi-gain tone for the choruses and big parts, something that has a Marshall or Mesa Boogie sound. You can turn the gain up quite a bit but be sure to not dial in a too extreme tone, balance the treble, mids, and the bass somewhere in the center.

We'll also need a cool flange effect ran with a fairly clean tone for the verses. Without the flange should sound similar to the hi gain setting but not as distorted. A great tip to achieve this tone is to instead of switching channels or turning off a distortion pedal, you simply start with the hi gain setting and just roll off the volume on the guitar.

For the effect you want to set the flanger to a slow rate and at low depth as well to not get too crazy. You just want it to wash over the chords when your playing.

There's also a hi gain setting with the flange for the solo and some rhythm phrases toward the end. Simply apply the same flange to the hi gain setting.

There's also a more overdriven guitar that comes in the verses; it's kind of in between the clean and heavily distorted one.

If you use your volume knob on your guitar well you could dial in all the tones you'll need for this song based on the hi gain setting.