Could someone explain to me what's happening in the guitar solo in "You Wear It Well" by DeBarge?
The song "You Wear It Well"
by DeBarge has a guitar solo that really does it for me. I'm especially enamored with this section (2-second mp3)
So, what's the guitar actually doing? I did a google search for tablature of this song, but I didn't find any. Naturally, dozens of search results offer the lyrics. There are a couple moments that stand out for me, particularly with the fourth and sixth guitar notes in this clip. The second and fourth notes are bent up a bit. As clarification, I'm not counting the bent notes as individual notes.
When the fourth note plays, I hear the faint sound of a note one octave below. An unmuted, accidental note, perhaps? Reverse echo? Then, the sixth note sounds like an octave below the second and fourth notes. Is that true? Because of the way that sixth note is played, it sounds like an open string.
The guitar amplification and distortion make this sound so delicious to my ears. I think what I'm latching on to is the amplification of harmonics, and the interaction of notes sounding simultaneously. The notes played and any specific equipment used aren't important to me; I'm interested in the end result. I'm not trying to learn how to play this; just trying to understand the magic. Can someone provide a somewhat scientific insight for this piece of art?