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Even though we're looking at two guitars we'll only really need to look into one setting on the amp. We're going for that good old electric blues tone, so you want to go for an old overdriven tube amp kind of sound. There's not a lot of overdrive on these guitars, just enough so that it breaks up a little bit when you dig into the strings a bit more.

I'm using a Fender black face type of amp here but you can use whatever you have at your disposal. One of the most important things about these old blues songs is paying attention to how the notes are played. The tone comes from the fingers more than anything, but since we're on the subject of amps and settings, you want to dial in a tone that cuts through a bit - meaning not too much bass here. I have the amp set so that the bass is between 2-3, the mids are at 7, and the treble is between 7-8. I'm also using a nice Fender-like spring reverb with just a little bit of wetness to sustain the notes and give that old school vibe. Depending on what type of reverb you have, the amount or mix level of reverb will of course vary.

These are the settings for both guitars today, and I'll be playing a Telecaster on the neck position pickup for both lead and rhythm.