I'm trying to achieve an especific sound on my guitar, and I don't know how to do it. The sound feels like those Wild West themes. I don't know if it's a banjo, or a guitar effect actually, so any tips help.

The sound I'm talking about are not the chords. It does the same thing that the bass do in the beginning of the song.

I'm not using real amps yet cause I don't have one, but I use Amplitube to emulate my guitar amps, so what would be the best way to emulate that sound?

This is the song I wanna be yours by Arctic Monkeys:

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This sound can be achieved with a spring reverb and a short delay (< 100ms). Delay before the reverb.

Along with this western sound in general you often also hear tremolo and chorus effects. Here, though, it is very subtle - if there at all. Try a gentle chorus.

Also (depending on your guitar model): try switching to some of the center pick-up positions.

EDIT: And like discussed below it is also very much in the playing itself: palm muted "firmly picked" notes.

  • he's not talking about the chords..
    – frcake
    Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 15:34
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    but don't you hear is a picked guitar with palm muting? at the bridge position (fender ) neck position(gibson) . it's a classic thechnique..
    – frcake
    Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 15:39
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    this is a sound depending 100% on the attack , the DS is the reverb, but the actual sound needs the palm mute, cause it needs to be very dampened, the best way would be to go with either of the 2 setups i mentioned (guitar wise and pickup wise), Also chorus would kinda kill the sound, i mean if you have an amp with great clean headroom like a twin reverb and a nice reverb unit (TR has both ) you can reproduce this sound 100%. So you palm mute and either you pick the string with your fingers and leave it so it hits the fret a bit
    – frcake
    Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 17:13
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    You're both right. It's palm muted. There's a slapback delay. And there's reverb. There may also be some subtle tremolo or chorus. I can't agree with the reductive view of Gibson and Fender guitar sounds, though. Both companies make too wide a variety of guitars to say "Fender sounds like this, Gibson sounds like that". Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 18:16
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    it was just a reference (about the guitars) of course there are numerous setups but those 2 are kind of standard. i do agree on the slapback delay and tremolo (Very subtle one) don't know about the chorus since there's nothing to actually detune here but ok, but the palm thing is crucial.that's all.
    – frcake
    Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 22:46

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