She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult

Here's how to play one of the greatest lead guitar riffs of all time - She Sells Sanctuary by the Cult!

This sounds great whether you're jamming along to the record or playing it on solo guitar, and it;s mostly played on one string!

See details of how I got the sounds (and how you can too) below.


Here's the official music video


Here's a great live version where you can see more clearly the fingering he uses and subtle variations in the riff. N.B. the band are tuned down half a step in the video below! (Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb

Guitar sound and effects

As with most of my youtube videos these days, I used Garageband to get the guitar sound, plugged straight into my computer via a Focusrite 2i2. i do this so I can tweak the sound after recording, or even change it all together. A great little 'real' amplifier that will create a great rock sound is the Blackstar HT-1.

These are the settings I used to get the sound you hear in the video.


Specific effects used are delay and chorus, plus an overdrive pedal.