Amp Settings for Popular Electric Guitar Songs (40+ Examples)


Getting the amp settings spot on is essential if you want to play any classic song. In this article, I’ll be going through over 40 popular electric guitar songs and some example amp settings for each of them.

Remember though, that these example settings will only get you so far. The tone will also depend on the amp model and guitar you’re using, so be prepared to make some adjustments. I have an article to take you through all the amp settings and how to adjust them to tweak your tone to perfection, so check it out after getting your starting point here.

To make it easier to find amp settings for the song you’re after, I’ve split the list into the following categories:

  • Sixties and Seventies
  • Eighties
  • Nineties
  • Noughties and Onwards

Sixties and Seventies

Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynrd

Amp Settings for Free Bird

  • Gain: 2
  • Bass: 5
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 4

Check out my complete amp settings guide for Lynyrd Skynyrd if you’re looking for more of their songs.

Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones

Amp Settings for Satisfaction

  • Gain: 3
  • Bass: 6
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 4
  • Reverb: 3

Looking for more songs by The Rolling Stones? Check out my complete amp settings guide for The Rolling Stones.

Day Tripper by The Beatles

Amp Settings for Day Tripper

  • Gain: 3
  • Bass: 6
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 2

Looking for more songs by The Beatles? Check out my complete guide to The Beatles amp settings.

Message in a Bottle by The Police

Amp Settings for Message in a Bottle

  • Gain: 3
  • Bass: 5
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 6
  • Reverb: 2

Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

Amp Settings for Stairway to Heaven

  • Gain: 2
  • Bass: 6
  • Mids: 4
  • Treble 8
  • Reverb: 2

Looking for more songs by Led Zeppelin? Check out my complete Led Zeppelin amp settings guide.

Iron Man by Black Sabbath

Amp Settings for Iron Man

  • Gain: 6
  • Bass: 6
  • Mids: 5
  • Treble 5
  • Reverb: 3

Looking for more songs by Black Sabbath? Check out my complete Black Sabbath amp settings guide.

Lyin’ Eyes by Eagles

Amp Settings for Lyin’ Eyes

  • Gain: 2
  • Bass: 4
  • Mids: 5
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 2

Looking for more Eagles songs? Check out my complete amp settings guide to sound like Eagles.

Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits

Amp Settings for Sultans of Swing

  • Gain: 2
  • Bass: 3
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 5
  • Reverb: 3

All Along the Watch Tower by Jimi Hendrix

Amp Settings for All Along the Watch Tower

  • Gain: 5
  • Bass: 5
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 4
  • Reverb: 4

Looking for more songs by Jimi Hendrix? Check out my complete Jimi Hendrix amp settings guide.

Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin

Amp Settings for Whole Lotta Love

  • Gain: 7
  • Bass: 7
  • Mids: 4
  • Treble 5
  • Reverb: 2

Looking for more songs by Led Zeppelin? Check out my complete Led Zeppelin amp settings guide.

Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple

Amp Settings for Smoke on the Water

  • Gain: 6
  • Bass: 7
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 2

Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

Amp Settings for Sweet Caroline

  • Gain: 2
  • Bass: 2
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 3

Money by Pink Floyd

Amp Settings for Money by Pink Floyd

  • Gain: 4
  • Bass: 6
  • Mids: 7
  • Treble: 5

Looking for more songs by Pink Floyd? Check out my complete Pink Floyd amp settings guide.

Eighties

Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

Amp Settings for Crazy Train

  • Gain: 7
  • Bass: 8
  • Mids: 4
  • Treble 5
  • Reverb: 2

White Wedding by Billy Idol

Amp Settings for White Wedding

  • Gain: 5
  • Bass: 3
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 8
  • Reverb: 3

Sweet Child O’ Mine

Amp Settings for Sweet Child O’ Mine

  • Gain: 5
  • Bass: 4
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 8
  • Reverb: 3

Welcome to the Jungle

Amp Settings for Welcome to the Jungle

  • Gain: 7
  • Bass: 4
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 6
  • Reverb: 3

Looking for more songs by GN’R? Check out my complete Slash amp settings guide.

Creep by Radiohead

Amp Settings for Creep

  • Gain: 9
  • Bass: 8
  • Mids: 5
  • Treble 4
  • Reverb: 2

Back in Black by AC/DC

Amp Settings for Back in Black

  • Gain: 7
  • Bass: 4
  • Mids: 7
  • Treble 6
  • Reverb: 2

Looking for more songs by AC/DC? Check out my complete AC/DC amp settings guide.

Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpion

Amp Settings for Rock You Like a Hurricane

  • Gain: 6
  • Bass: 6
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 8
  • Reverb: 2

Summer Of 69′ by Bryan Adams

Amp Settings for Summer Of ’69

  • Gain: 6
  • Bass: 4
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 6
  • Reverb: 3

The Trooper by Iron Maiden

  • Gain: 5
  • Bass: 5
  • Mids: 7
  • Treble: 8

Check out my complete guide to Iron Maiden amp settings for some more of their songs.

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

Amp Settings for Eye of the Tiger

  • Gain: 7
  • Bass: 7
  • Mids: 5
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 2

Walk This Way by Aerosmith

Amp Settings for Walk This Way

  • Gain: 6
  • Bass: 6
  • Mids: 4
  • Treble 4
  • Reverb: 2

Looking for more songs by Aerosmith? Check out my complete Aerosmith amp settings guide.

Nineties

Zombie by The Cranberries

Amp Settings for Zombie

  • Gain: 8
  • Bass: 9
  • Mids: 4
  • Treble 3
  • Reverb: 2

Amp Settings for All The Small Things

  • Gain: 7
  • Bass: 7
  • Mids: 4
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 3

Looking for more punk songs? Check out my complete guide to punk amp settings for more examples.

Song 2 by Blur

Amp Settings for Song 2

  • Gain: 8
  • Bass: 8
  • Mids: 3
  • Treble 2
  • Reverb: 1

Thunderstruck by AD/DC

Amp Settings for Thunderstruck

  • Gain: 6
  • Bass: 6
  • Mids: 4
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 2

Everlong by Foo Fighters

Amp Settings for Everlong

  • Gain: 8
  • Bass: 7
  • Mids: 5
  • Treble 4
  • Reverb: 2

Looking for more songs by Foo Fighters? Check out my complete Foo Fighters amp settings guide.

I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

Amp Settings for I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing

  • Gain: 3
  • Bass: 4
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 8
  • Reverb: 4

Looking for more songs by Aerosmith? Check out my complete Aerosmith amp settings guide.

Noughties and Onwards

Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne

Amp Settings for Sk8er Boi

  • Gain: 2
  • Bass: 4
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 3

In Too Deep by Sum 41

Amp Settings for In Too Deep

  • Gain: 7
  • Bass: 6
  • Mids: 4
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 1

I’m Just a Kid by Simple Plan

Amp Settings for I’m Just a Kid

  • Gain: 8
  • Bass: 7
  • Mids: 4
  • Treble 6
  • Reverb: 2

Looking for more punk songs? Check out my complete guide to punk amp settings for more examples.

Don’t Panic by Coldplay

Amp Settings for Don’t Panic

  • Gain: 1
  • Bass: 5
  • Mids: 5
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 2

Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand

Amp Settings for Take Me Out

  • Gain: 5
  • Bass: 5
  • Mids: 4
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 2

Love Story by Taylor Swift

Amp Settings for Love Story

  • Gain: 2
  • Bass: 5
  • Mids: 3
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 2

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

Amp Settings for Radioactive

  • Gain: 3
  • Bass: 4
  • Mids: 7
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 4

Counting Stars by One Republic

Amp Settings for Counting Stars

  • Gain: 2
  • Bass: 3
  • Mids: 4
  • Treble 4
  • Reverb: 2

This Love by Maroon 5

Amp Settings for This Love

  • Gain: 4
  • Bass: 6
  • Mids: 4
  • Treble 5
  • Reverb: 2

Amp Settings for What’s My Age Again

  • Gain: 6
  • Bass: 6
  • Mids: 4
  • Treble 7
  • Reverb: 3

Check out my complete guide to sounding like Blink-182 on the electric guitar.

Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus

Amp Settings for Teenage Dirtbag

  • Gain: 7
  • Bass: 8
  • Mids: 4
  • Treble 6
  • Reverb: 2

Misery Business by Paramore

Amp Settings for Misery Business

  • Gain: 6
  • Bass: 6
  • Mids: 6
  • Treble 5
  • Reverb: 3

How To Dial in the Best Amp Settings

As I mentioned at the start of this article, these example amp settings should only be used as a rough guide to get you started, and are based on the equipment I’ve used before. They may sound considerably different depending on what guitar and amp you’re using.

To really get the most out of your amp and get the best tone possible, check out my complete guide to amp settings. This will take you through exactly what all the controls do, how to adjust them to get different effects, and step by step instructions to set up your amp for the best results.

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Heather

Hey, I'm Heather. I started playing an electric guitar when I was given a Squier Strat for my birthday around 15 years ago. I now own an acoustic guitar and several electric guitars including my personal favourite, a PRS SE Custom 24.

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