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Can't You Hear Me Knocking: Gear, Tone, and Tuning


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Any electric guitar can be used to play this song. The tones have more to do with the amp and effect choices and settings. Guitar 1 uses open G tuning, while Guitar 2 uses standard tuning. Choose the bridge pickup on both guitar layers for a clearer, more powerful tone. For Guitar 2 in the jam section, switch to the neck pickup for a rounder, creamier tone.

As far as amps go, any Fender-style tube amp is a fine choice. Set the amp for clean with a touch of grit. Set the Drive to 45%, Bass to 45%, Mid to 45%, Treble to 70%, and Presence to 75%.

For the main part of the song, Guitar 1 uses a treble booster to add some chainsaw-esque grit to the tone. The jam section requires a cleaner sound, so be sure to kick off the boost pedal for this section. For Guitar 2, kick in a treble booster pedal for the final outro solo to get more sustain and volume. Add some tasty reverb for depth.

I used a 10-46 string gage, with a heavy pick so I can dig right into those riffs and licks nicely.

Here are the settings I used:

Fender Deluxe Model:
Drive: 75% Bass: 45% Mid: 45% Treb: 70% Presence: 75%
Treble Booster:
Gain: 75% Tone: 50%
Spring Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 45%

Open G Tuning (low to high) D G D G B D