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"The Hardest Button to Button" by the White Stripes
Track 9; Elephant (2003)
tabbed by Hellfire21

I originally tabbed this song out when I was just starting out playing guitar. A lot has certainly changed since then, as usually happens when you've been playing for almost ten years. The original tab received 4 stars and that's generally good, but I know there's mistakes in my original submission so I am editing it so that it can be as good as it should be. Even if it's only for "The Hardest Button to Button".

Guitar 1 - Tuned Down One Octave with Whammy Pedal
Guitar 2 - Slightly Distorted with touch of reverb
There's probably a 3rd guitar in the mix as well, it sounds like there is. If I had to guess, I'd say there's a 3rd guitar with a Big Muff and a lot of reverb on it playing the same parts as Guitar 2 in the chorus and refrain sections.

Key:
/ Slide
~ vibrato

Intro 1 (0:00-0:07)

Guitar 1
e---------------------------|
B---------------------------|
G---------------------------|
D---------------------------|
A---------------------------|
E--5-5-5-5-5-5--------------|

Intro 2/Verse (0:07-1:07)

Guitar 1
e----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E--5-5-5-5-/8-8-8-8-/5-5-5-5-/8-8-8-8-/5-5-5-5-/8-8-8-8-/7-7-7-7-/10-10-10-10|
                                                                         
Guitar 2
e-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G----2--------5--------2--------5--------2--------5--------4--------7-----|
D------2--------5--------2--------5--------2--------5--------4--------7---|
A--0-----0--3-----3--0-----0--3-----3--0-----0--3-----3--2-----2--5-----5-|
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------|


For the final time before the chorus section, there's a change to this:
Guitar 1
e------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E--5-5-5-5-/8-8-8-8-/5-5-5-5-/8-8-8-8-/5-5-5-5-/8-8-8-8-/7-7-7-7-/6-6-6-6|

Guitar 2
e-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G----2--------5--------2--------5--------2--------5--------4--------3-----|
D------2--------5--------2--------5--------2--------5--------4--------3---|
A--0-----0--3-----3--0-----0--3-----3--0-----0--3-----3--2-----2--1-----1-|
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Chorus 1(1:07-1:22)

Guitar 1 
e-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E--5-5--5-0-5-8-8--8-0-8-5-5--5-0-5-8-8--8-0-8-5-5--5-0-5-8-8--8-0-8-7-7--7-0-7-6-6--6-0-6|

Guitar 2
e-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G--2-2--2-2-2-5-5--5-5-5-2-2--2-2-2-5-5--5-5-5-2-2--2-2-2-5-5--5-5-5-4-4--4-4-4-3-3--3-3-3|
D--2-2--2-2-2-5-5--5-5-5-2-2--2-2-2-5-5--5-5-5-2-2--2-2-2-5-5--5-5-5-4-4--4-4-4-3-3--3-3-3|
A--0-0--0-0-0-3-3--3-3-3-0-0--0-0-0-3-3--3-3-3-0-0--0-0-0-3-3--3-3-3-2-2--2-2-2-1-1--1-1-1|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Refrain (1:22-1:37)
Guitar 1
e--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E--5-5-5-5----8-8-8-8----5-5-5-5----8-8-8-8----5-5-5-5----8-8-8-8----7-7-7-7----6-6-6-6|


Guitar 2
e--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G--2-2-2-2----5-5-5-5----2-2-2-2----5-5-5-5----2-2-2-2----5-5-5-5----4-4-4-4----3-3-3-3|
D--2-2-2-2----5-5-5-5----2-2-2-2----5-5-5-5----2-2-2-2----5-5-5-5----4-4-4-4----3-3-3-3|
A--0-0-0-0----3-3-3-3----0-0-0-0----3-3-3-3----0-0-0-0----3-3-3-3----2-2-2-2----1-1-1-1|
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Intro 1 Repeat (1:37-1:44)

Intro 2 Repeat (1:44-2:00)

Verse Repeat (2:00-2:14)

Chorus 2 (2:14-2:30)
Guitar 1 
e-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-5-5--5-0-5-8-8--8-0-8-5-5--5-0-5-8-8--8/10-10~-5-5--5-0-5-8-8--8-0-8-7-7--7-0-7-6-6--6-0|

Guitar 2
e-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-2-2--2-2-2-5-5--5-5-5-2-2--2-2-2-5-5--5-5-5--2-2--2-2-2-5-5--5-5-5-4-4--4-4-4-3-3--3-3-3|
D-2-2--2-2-2-5-5--5-5-5-2-2--2-2-2-5-5--5-5-5--2-2--2-2-2-5-5--5-5-5-4-4--4-4-4-3-3--3-3-3|
A-0-0--0-0-0-3-3--3-3-3-0-0--0-0-0-3-3--3-3-3--0-0--0-0-0-3-3--3-3-3-2-2--2-2-2-1-1--1-1-1|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Refrain 2 (2:30-2:59)
Guitar 1
e----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E--5-5-5-5---8-8-8-8---5-5-5-5---8-8-8-8---5-5-5-5---8-8-8-8---5-5-5-5---8-8-8-8--/10-10~|


Guitar 2
e--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G--2-2-2-2---5-5-5-5---2-2-2-2---5-5-5-5---2-2-2-2---5-5-5-5---2-2-2-2----5-5-5-5------|
D--2-2-2-2---5-5-5-5---2-2-2-2---5-5-5-5---2-2-2-2---5-5-5-5---2-2-2-2----5-5-5-5------|
A--0-0-0-0---3-3-3-3---0-0-0-0---3-3-3-3---0-0-0-0---3-3-3-3---0-0-0-0----3-3-3-3------|
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


Guitar 1
e------------------------------------------------|
B------------------------------------------------|
G------------------------------------------------|
D------------------------------------------------|
A------------------------------------------------|
E--5-5-5-5---8-8-8-8---5-5-5-5---8-8-8-8--/10-10~|

Guitar 2
e------------------------------------------------|
B------------------------------------------------|
G--2-2-2-2---5-5-5-5---2-2-2-2---5-5-5-5---------|
D--2-2-2-2---5-5-5-5---2-2-2-2---5-5-5-5---------|
A--0-0-0-0---3-3-3-3---0-0-0-0---3-3-3-3---------|
E------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 1
e------------------------------------------|
B------------------------------------------|
G------------------------------------------|
D------------------------------------------|
A------------------------------------------|
E--5-5-5-5----8-8-8-8----7-7-7-7----6-6-6-6|

Guitar 2
e------------------------------------------|
B------------------------------------------|
G--2-2-2-2----5-5-5-5----4-4-4-4----3-3-3-3|
D--2-2-2-2----5-5-5-5----4-4-4-4----3-3-3-3|
A--0-0-0-0----3-3-3-3----2-2-2-2----1-1-1-1|
E------------------------------------------|

Coda (3:00-3:32)

Guitar 1
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E--5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5-5-/8-8-8-8--8-8-8-8-8-/5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5-5--/8-8-8-8--8-8-8-8-/10-10~|

Guitar 2
e--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G--2-2-2-2-------------5-5-5-5-------------2-2-2-2--------------5-5-5-5----------------|
D--2-2-2-2-------------5-5-5-5-------------2-2-2-2--------------5-5-5-5----------------|
A--0-0-0-0-------------3-3-3-3-------------0-0-0-0--------------3-3-3-3----------------|
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 1
e--------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------|
G--------------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------|
E--5-5-5-5-------------8-8-8-8--------/10-10~|

Guitar 2
e------------------------------------------|
B------------------------------------------|
G--2-2-2-2-------------5-5-5-5-------------|
D--2-2-2-2-------------5-5-5-5-------------|
A--0-0-0-0-------------3-3-3-3-------------|
E------------------------------------------|

Guitar 1
e--------------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------------|
G--------------------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------------|
E--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-/10-10~--5-5-5-5|

Guitar 2
e--------------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------------|
G--2-2-2-2-----------5-5-5-5----------------2-2-2-2|
D--2-2-2-2-----------5-5-5-5----------------2-2-2-2|
A--0-0-0-0-----------3-3-3-3----------------0-0-0-0|
E--------------------------------------------------|

            
            
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Naik345 10 Dec 31, 2007 05:29 AM

good tab

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prettyrobo 10 Jul 31, 2008 03:41 PM

dude.... there is no bass in this song.

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Kierans239 10 Oct 22, 2008 11:58 AM

its jack playing the bass line on his guitar...

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