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Its got to be Gretsch!

I think you need to start with one of the key ingredients...a Gretsch guitar. I have seen Randy in interviews in which he stated that "you need a Gretsch to get that sound". I do know that he had an extensive collection of these guitars at one time. I can't say if that is still the case as we are not exactly best friends.

But it could have been a Gibson...here is a quote from the book American Woman: The Story of the Guess Who.

"The genesis of American Woman was unusual. The band was playing a Canadian date after returning from a long American tour. In mid set, Randy broke a D string on his Gibson Les Paul guitar, so the others left the stage for a break. He replaced the string, and while tuning up, started into this heavy three chord power riff reminiscent of Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love. The others came on stage and joined in, jamming on the now familiar three chords."

I have read elsewhere that the vocals and guitars were all double tracked on the American Woman album, which would certainly explain why the vocals were so thick, and the guitars...so damned creamy! Once I learned this, I listened to the album again and I believe I can actually here the double tracking.
 
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