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I'm using a Strat style guitar for this tutorial, but any guitar with single coil pickups in the bridge position will provide you with the tones needed to authentically reproduce the guitar parts. Generally speaking, the guitars have a bright, thin sound that work well in the indie-pop/rock genre.

As far as amps go, any Marshall or Fender style tube amplifier will easily do the trick here. For guitar 1, set the amp for a bright clean sound, with a touch of preamp gain but nothing too fuzzy. We want those double stops and single notes to cut through with sustain and power.

For guitar 2, you'll want to turn up the pre-amp gain and get some nice crunch to thicken up those single note motifs and power chords in the chorus/bridge sections. Check out the settings I used for this tutorial:

Marshall Plexi Model: Drive: 50% Bass: 45% Mid: 75% Treb: 75% Presence: 45%

GTR 2 Drive: 80%

Spring Reverb: Wet/Dry Mix: 40%