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I’m using a Telecaster electric guitar to play this tune, but any electric guitar will do the trick. Select the bridge pickup for a brighter tone.

A 12 string Rickenbacker electric guitar was the actual guitar used on the recording, which gives a unique, chimier sound. However, since most guitarists don’t own a 12 string electric, playing this on a 6 string guitar is completely acceptable. In fact, Pete Townshend himself mostly played this song live on a 6 string guitar.

As far as amps go, any Vox style tube amp set for a clean sound is a desirable choice. Set the Drive to 35%, Bass to 45%, Mid to 55%, Treble to 60%, and Presence to 65%.

I used a 10-46 string gage, with a heavy pick so I can dig into those licks and fills. Add some reverb for depth.

Here are the settings I used:

Vox AC15 Model:

Drive: 35% Bass: 45% Mid: 55% Treb: 60% Presence: 65%

Spring Reverb:

WetDryMIX: 40%