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There are some really cool and interesting tones used throughout this tune. At the time of this recording, Heart was a 3 guitar band with two full time electric players, and Nancy Wilson adding in either an acoustic guitar or another electric.

On this particular track, one guitar was a Telecaster to give thinner single coil sound, another guitar was a Les Paul to give a thicker humbucker sound, and there is also an acoustic guitar adding another texture to the mix. Any of these choices will work well with this song. For the purposes of this tutorial, I've chosen to use a Les Paul style guitar with a humbucker pickup in the bridge position to keep everything thick and crunchy.

As far as amps go, any tube amp with the ability to crank the gain to get some nice thick distortion is a great choice here. Turn up the gain control to get those power chords sounding thick and meaty, but not too much that it sounds fuzzy or heavy metal-ish. For the leads (guitars 3 and 5), you'll want to add a lot more gain to get plenty of sustain and saturation. Kick in an overdrive or distortion pedal for these parts. Guitar 6 uses a cleaner sound with a phaser effect, so you'll want to dial down the gain for that section. Guitar 2 also uses a phaser effect, giving that "magic" quality to the tune.

Check out the settings I used:

Marshall Plexi Model: Drive: 60% Bass: 35% Mid: 70% High: 50% Presence: 50%

Overdrive Pedal (Guitars 3 and 5): Gain: 82% Tone: 100%

Phaser Effect (Guitars 2 and 6): Rate: 20%