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For the tones here, I'm using a Telecaster with single coil pickups. For the two rhythm guitars I'll be in the neck position, and for the lead I'm going to switch over to the bridge position pickup. This will give the lead tone a bit more bite.

We're going for an overdriven tube amp sound for the rhythm guitars; we'll be using a pretty full sound for these two guitars. I have the bass set to about 5.5, the mids are around 6, and the treble is at 4.5. The overdrive is set so that it breaks up nicely when you hit the boogie rhythms and the bigger chords.

For the lead guitar we're going to roll off a bit of the bass and some more overdrive. We're also dialing in just a little bit of a room reverb. This isn't the easiest thing to figure out in a live situation so you can just add a touch of your favorite reverb to get as close to the sound as possible. So - a touch of reverb along with switching to the bridge pickup, rolling off a bit of low end, and giving the amp a bit more gain should get you pretty close to the lead guitar tone.