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Song: Magnificent
Album: No Line on the Horizon
Artist: U2
Composed by U2, lyrics by Bono and The Edge
Transcribed by: jchitty_16

Notes:
Here’s the song “Magnificent” off the new album No Line on
the Horizon, this is the song where “The Edge has made his 
comeback.” This song is truly another epic Edge guitar song,
with his trademark delay. Have fun with this one!

And this may the first tab out there of this song, 
if you’re going to steal it, at least give me credit, 
or link back to this tab.

Now The Edge uses so many different guitar sounds in this 
song, if you wanted to get technical I’d label like all 5 
guitar parts separately in the studio. But I’ll keep it down 
to like 2.

HAVE FUN!

Guitar 1 – Lead Guitar, slight distortion with a 390~ms delay
           On Verse fills, its about a 250~ms delay
Guitar 2 – Rhythm Guitar, slight distortion, pretty quiet most of the time
Guitar 3 – Slide Guitar, the solo. 

INTRO
The song starts out on what I think is a synth, even 
though it could be (and they’ll probably do it live) 
with a distorted bass from Adam.

Synth/Bass/(do it on guitar if you have an octaver effect!)
e|---------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------|
D|-/16~---\-4----------------------------------------------|
A|-/16~---\-4----------------------------------------------|
E|-/14~---\-2----------------------------------------------|

ON the sixth time the above riff is played, the Edge comes in quietly with this:
Guitar 2 – Rhythm Guitar
(0:20)
e|-0~--------------0~--------------------------------------|
B|-----2~------2~------2~------2~--------------------------|
G|---------4~--------------4~------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|
Repeat until the other guitar riff comes in (0:45)

Lead Synth (arranged for guitar)
(0:29)
e|----------------------------12-14-12---------------------|
B|-14-14----16-16----12-12-------------16------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|
Play 4 times




Guitar 1 – Lead * “THE RIFF” – some distortion, 390~ms delay, 
several repeats
(0:45)F#m             C#m                    A
e|--|------------------------------------------------------|
B|--|-7~----7~--------7~----7~---9-----9~------------------|
G|-6|----6---------6-----6----------6--------6~----6~------|
D|--|-------------------------------------9-----9----------|
A|--|------------------------------------------------------|
E|--|------------------------------------------------------|

      E                     B           Bsus2 (maybe Bm?? )
e|---------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------0-----0----|
G|----9-----9~----8-----8~--8~--\------------------6-------|
D|-11----11----------9-------------4-4~--------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|

(0:58)F#m             C#m                    A
e|--|------------------------------------------------------|
B|--|-7~----7~--------7~----7~---9-----9~------------------|
G|-6|----6---------6-----6----------6--------6~----6~------|
D|--|-------------------------------------9-----9----------|
A|--|------------------------------------------------------|
E|--|------------------------------------------------------|

      E                     B           
e|---------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------|
G|----9-----9~----8------8~--8~--\-------------------------|
D|-11----11----------11------------4-4~--------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|

   B5                          A5               F#m
e|---------------------------------|----------|------------|
B|---------------------------------|----------|------------|
G|---------------------------------|-play-----|------------|
D|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-|-3-times--|-4----------|
A|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|-end-with-|-x----------|
E|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-|----------|-2----------|

Guitar 2 – Backing (fill)
(1:10)
e|---------|
B|-----2~--|
G|--4~-----|
D|---------|
A|---------|
E|---------|

*make sure you pay attention to not let every not ring, or 
it gets too muddy. I’ve put a dot under all of the slightly 
palm muted notes, PM them just enough to let them not ring out.


VERSE 1
Guitar 2 – Rhythm *light distortion, pretty quiet, it’s hard
 to tab the strumming pattern exactly, but you get the idea
   F#m              C#m             A                 E
e|-2---2---2-2-----|4---4--4--4----|5--5-5-5-5--5-5-|(7--7-7-7--7--7)-|
B|-2---2---2-2-----|5---5--5--5-x-x|5--5-5-5-5--5-5-|-9--9-9-9--9--9--|
G|-2---2---2-2-x-x-|6---6--6--6-x-x|6--6-6-6-6--6-6-|-9--9-9-9--9--9--|
D|-4---4---4-4-x-x-|6---6--6--6-x-x|7--7-7-7-7--7-7-|-9--9-9-9--9--9--|
A|-4---4---4-4-x-x-|4---4--4--4-x-x|7--7-7-7-7--7-7-|-7--7-7-7--7--7--|
E|-2---2---2-2-x-x-|---------------|5--5-5-5-5--5-5-|-----------------|

   B             Bm*
e|-7--7-7--7-7-|-7--7-7---7-7-|
B|-7--7-7--7-7-|-7--7-7---7-7-|*
G|-8--8-8--8-8-|-7--7-7---7-7-|
D|-9--9-9--9-9-|-9--9-9---9-9-|
A|-9--9-9--9-9-|-9--9-9---9-9-|
E|-7--7-7--7-7-|-7--7-7---7-7-|

Guitar 1 – Lead (Verse fills)250~ms delay
(1:27)
   F#m        C#m        A             E
e|---------------------------------------------------------|
B|-7~---7~-7--9~---9~-9--10~---10~-10--9~---9~--9----------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|

   B          Bm
e|------------|------------------|
B|-7~---7~-7--|7~---7~-7---------|
G|------------|------------------|repeat, use second ending
D|------------|-first-ending-----|
A|------------|------------------|
E|------------|------------------|

Second ending
  (1:50)
   B5                          A5               
e|---------------------------------|----------|
B|---------------------------------|----------|
G|---------------------------------|-play-----|
D|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-|-3-times--|
A|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|-end-with-|
E|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-|----------|


CHORUS 1 – Same as the part in the intro, Rhythm guitar 
continues strumming, same chord progression in the chorus

VERSE 2 – same as Verse 1

CHORUS 2 – Same as Chorus 1, except chord progression is 
played through one extra time, and then a different ending:
 instead of going to the Bm at the end, go up to D, as shown.
 I will show the end of the chorus riff so you know how it goes


Guitar 1
      E                     B           
e|---------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------|
G|----9-----9~----8------8~--8~--\-------------------------|
D|-11----11----------11------------4-4~--------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|
        
BRIDGE
(3:39)
   D                       A/C#
e|---------------------------------------------------------|
B|(7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7-)2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2----------|
G|-7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2----------|
D|-7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2----------|
A|-5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--4--4--4--4--4--4--4--4----------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------| 

   C#                      F#
e|-------------------------2--------------------------------|
B|(6--6--6--6--6--6--6--6)-2--------------------------------|
G|-6--6--6--6--6--6--6--6--3--------------------------------|
D|-6--6--6--6--6--6--6--6--4--------------------------------|
A|-4--4--4--4--4--4--4--4--4--------------------------------|
E|-------------------------2--------------------------------| 

Guitar 2 – Rhythm Guitar
(3:45) fades in with the same riff from the intro
e|-0~--------------0~--------------------------------------|
B|-----2~------2~------2~------2~--------------------------|
G|---------4~--------------4~------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|
Repeat until the solo

Guitar 1 – Lead Guitar 
(3:54) starts fading in to build up to the solo, it sounds
 like the Edge is just doing sixteenth note rakes like he 
is famous for doing, though if you want you can do the
 B octave again.

e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|
D|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|
A|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|
E|---------------------------------|

GUITAR SOLO
Guitar 3 – Slide Guitar
Chords are strummed by Guitar 2
(4:02)
   F#m            C#m           A               E
e|----------------------------------------------------|
B|-12/14~---12\10-10/14~--------12/14~----12/10-/14---|
G|-.--------.-----.-------------.---------.-----------|
D|----------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------|  
        
             B              Bm             
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-12~--\10--10/12\10--\7~-------------|
G|-.---------.-------------------------|play 2x, that’s the 
D|-------------------------------------|whole solo!
A|-------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------|

Since slide solos can be complex to tab out on which notes
 you slide to and which you pick and THEN slide to, I’ve put
 a dot below every time you actually pick the string, if that
 makes sense.

CHORUS 3 – same as previous Choruses

OUTRO – Guitar 2 sounds like it’s doing the straight sixteenths 
B octave again, while Guitar 1 is hopping between B and A in a 
rhythm something like this – I’ve put the count above to help 
me explain the timing I hear on that.

Guitar 1
(5:02)
   B A   B  A  B  A B   B  A  B
   1   2    3  4   1   2    3  4
e|---------------|---------------|
B|---------------|---------------|
G|---------------|---------------|
D|-9-7---9--7--9-|-9-7---9--7--9-|
A|-x-x---x--x--x-|-x-x---x--x--x-|
E|-7-5---7--5--7-|-7-5---7--5--7-|

End on:
   F#m
e|----|
B|----|
G|----|
D|-4--|
A|-x--|
E|-2--|

THE END – I’m really open to suggestions, corrections if
 you can find any, because as we all know, the Edge loves 
to make things complicated and every U2 song is harder to 
tab than you think. Sorry for such a “wordy” tab, but the 
notes are the only way I know how to explain some things.

SONG ORDER
Introduction/Refrain
Verse 1
Chorus 1
Verse 2
Chorus 2
Bridge 
Solo
Chorus 3
Outro

KEY/LEGEND

| /      slide up
| \      slide down
| //     slide up to infinity
| \\     slide down to infinity
| PM...  Palm mute – notes w/the dots directly beneath them are P.M.
| x      Mute note
| ~      let note ring
| (5)    Ghost note/optional note

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johnsz wrote on February 25 2009, 03:44 pm

great tab. ever since this leaked out, i've been waiting for a tab to come out to this song.. this is so awesome, thanks!!

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jchitty wrote on February 26 2009, 02:59 pm

hey no problem man! I'm glad you found it a good tab. This really is the sick classic Edge song off the album, isn't it? Such an awesome riff!

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johnsz wrote on February 26 2009, 07:48 pm

the riff is so awesome, its very classic Edge in this song.. another song that I've really enjoyed playing is Stand Up Comedy. do you play a lot of U2?

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