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Lookin' Out My Back Door: Gear, Tone, and Tuning


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Any acoustic guitar is suitable to play this song, but one with a brighter tone will help cut through the mix a bit better.

I'm using a Les Paul guitar 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 clean tone with the slightest touch of grit. Set the Drive to 20%, 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: 20% Bass: 45% Mid: 50% Treb: 60% Presence: 65%
Spring Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 25%

TUNING (Gtrs 1, 2, and 4) - whole step down (low to high) D G C F A D
Guitar 3 - open G whole step down (low to high) C F C F A C