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Fortunate Son: Gear, Tone, and Tuning


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I'm using Les Paul and Stratocaster guitars for this song, but any electric guitar will sound great playing this song. The overall tone has more to do with the amp and effect settings.

As far as amps go, any Fender-style tube amp is a fine choice. Set the amp for a light crunch tone. The loud, raw, tube amp tones heard on the original recording were most likely created by the amp cranked all the way up in the studio! Set the Drive to 55%, Bass to 45%, Mid to 50%, Treble to 60%, and Presence to 65%. Add some reverb for depth.

I used a 10-46 string gage, with a heavy pick so I can dig right into those strums and leads with some attitude.

Here are the settings I used:

Fender Deluxe Model:
Drive: 55% Bass: 45% Mid: 50% Treb: 60% Presence: 65%
Spring Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 25%

TUNING (Guitar 1 only) - whole step down (low to high) D G C F A D