The secrets behind Jack White's guitar tone on the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army

Meg White and Jack White of the White Stripes
(Image credit: Lester Cohen Archive/WireImage/Getty)

The White Stripes single Seven Nation Army is proof that if you write a great riff, the world will beat a path to your door.

Simple and infectious, the descending 'bass' line (actually recorded and performed on a Kay hollowbody electric guitar through a Whammy pedal set to the octave-down setting) still lives on today, long after the White Stripes disbanded, as a supporters’ chant at soccer matches and other sporting events.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.