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Even Better Than The Real Thing guitar tab

Even Better Than The Real Thing (LIVE)
Words: Bono
Music: U2
Transcribed: P Dagnall

OK ppls.

I've been playing this song for quite some time.  I first copied it from a 
ZOO TV video.  I've seen what's in the archive, and I have to disaggree with 
the current transcriptions that are there.  The solo's are fine.  I prefer 
the ZOO solo to the POPMART solo personally.  I add a few things to it to give 
some of the parts a little more body, like in the Chorus etc.  If anyone wants 
to comment, by all means do so.

Intro - For POPMART I noticed Edge plays the octave root notes to the D chord at 
the 5th fret on the 5th string, and 7th on the 3rd string.  I used to play the 
octaves of open 4th string, and then the 7th fret of the 3rd string.  Either way sounds
fine.  Also he has his wammy set to 1 octave up.  After striking the notes 2wice, 
stomp on the wammy and release it 2wice.  Here's the 2 way's I've played it.

-------------  -------------
-------------  -------------
----7---7----  ----7---7----
----0---0----  -------------
-------------  ----5---5----
-------------  -------------

Verse - This is another of those things that I've not known Edge to play the 
same phrasing night after night.  Listen to it to get the gist though.  The 
first thing he does play is the D5 chord, and you can really notice it on 
some of the Zoo boots that are around.

Riff 1
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
--------7--------------------7---------------------7-h-8-p-7-----------
-----7-----------5-4-----------------5-4---------------------------5-4-
-----7----5-h-7-------0-h-7----5-h-7--------0-h-7------------5-h-7-----
-0-0-5-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

Riff 2

---------------------------------------------------------
--------7------------------------7-h-8-p-7---------------
--0-h-7-----------5-4--------------------------------5-4-
-----------5-h-7-----------0-h-7------------5-h-7--------
---------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------

These 2 riffs fit together.  Listen carefully for when the hammers are meant 
to be played.

Pre Chs - This is straight forward, similar to what's at the archive, but I 
usually play the G chord differently.  After the G then goes into the first 
part of riff 1.

------8---8---8----------------12--------12------12-----------------
--------8---8---8-----------------12--------12------12--------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
-/8-8--------------8/12-12-12--------12--------12-------12----------

---------3------3-----3------------------------------------------------
-----------3------3-----3---------7------------------------------------
--------------------------------5----------5-4-4-----------------------
--------------------------------5----5-h-7-----------------------------
--2--2-------2------2-----2--0--7--------------------------------------
--3--3-------3------3-----3--------------------------------------------

Chorus - This is where I beg to differ with what's on the archive, and also 
add in my own variation, which I think fits in well, and when you haven't 
got a huge sound, fills out the song nicely.  Repeat this 4 times.

----------------------------------------------------------------------
-15--15-15-15---13-12-13--12---10----10--10---------------------------
-14--14-14-14---12-11-10--9----7-----7---7----------------------------
-12--12-12-12---10-9--10--9----7-----7---7----------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Solo - Like I mentioned the ZOO solo is better.  Of course, played with a 
slide.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
-----7-5-/-7-7-/10-10-10-9-\-7-7-5-\-2-5-7-7-/-10-10-10-10-\-12-12-/-7-
-/-7-------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

---------------------------------/-15-15-15-15-14-12-10----10----10----
-----------------------19-\-/-15------------------------10----10----10-
-7-/-12-12-12-12-12-/--------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------


-10-----13-10----13-10----13-10----13-10---13-10------
----10--------10-------10-------10------10------------
------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------------------
---12-----------------10-/-12---------------------
-/-12-10-10-10-9-/-10-10-/-12-10-10-10-9-10-9-9-\-
--------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------

-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
7-5-/-7-5-/-7-5-/-7-5-/-7-5-/-7-5-/-7-5-/-7-5-/-7----5-/-7-5-/-7-
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------

Any queries, let me know.

Regards,

Phill.
philldag@hotmail.com
=-------------------------------------------------------------------

                     " even better then the real thing (live)" by u2
                            tabbed by john couillard
                                      brooklynfella@hotmail.com

ok i have been looking at some way off tabs so i decided to set the record
straight. so here is the exact way the edge plays it..u must watch the video
and know how the edge plays and his style to get it correctly.
 
tuned down 1/2 a step
INTRO:(with whammy pedal)

e-x--x play this repeatedly. step on whammy pedal twice after second hit
b-x--x
g-7--7 
d-x--x
a-x--x 
e-x--x

VERSE:( with some delay..i set it at around .375)

e-----------------------------  listen for how many times to play i think
b---------7(b)~~~-------------  he plays it 8x.
g-----------------------5-4---
d---0--------------5-7--------

NEXT PART:

e------8-------8-------8------8------10-------10-------10-------10---
b--------8-------8-------8------8-------10-------10------10-------10-
g--------------------------------------------------------------------
d--------------------------------------------------------------------
a--------------------------------------------------------------------
e--8-------8-------8-------8------10-------10-------10------10-------

e----------3------3------3-------------------------------------
b-------------3------3------3----------------7(b)~~~-----------
g----------------0------0------0---------------------------5-4-
d---------------------------------------0-------------5-7------
a--------------------------------------------------------------
e-5-5/3-3------------------------------------------------------

CHORUS:(listen for how many times u hit the chords..its hit fast also)
   (19 is hit the most times then slide to 17 then 15,14,,then 12)
e---------------------
b--x---x---x---x---x--
g--x---x---x---x---x--
d--19--17--15--14--12-
a--x---x---x---x---x--
e--x---x---x---x---x--

then back to VERSE but second time play--------------------8-7
                                       -----7(b)~~--8-10------
                                       -0---------------------

then play NEXT PART

then play CHORUS

SOLO:

e----------------------------------------------------------------------
b----------------------------------------------------------------------
g----------------------------------------------------------------------
d--5/7/12-----10/12---10/15--15--15\14\12~~~~---7/10---7\5/7--7/12-----
a----------------------------------------------------------------------
e----------------------------------------------------------------------


e----------------------------------------------------------------------
b----------------------------------------18\15-----------------------15
g-----------------------------------------------10/12-12-12-10/12/14---
d--10/15--15/17--15\12---15/17-17-17/19--------------------------------
a----------------------------------------------------------------------
e----------------------------------------------------------------------


e-----------------13--13--13--13--13-----------------------------------
b-----15--15--15----15--15--15--15--15---------------------------------
g--14--14--14--14-----14--14--14--14----7/12--7/10--9/10/12--9/10-10---
d----------------------------------------------------------------------
a----------------------------------------------------------------------
e----------------------------------------------------------------------


e----------------------------------------------------------------------
b----------------------------------------------------------------------
g-9/10-9\7-5\7/5\7/5\7/5\7/5\7/5\7/5\7/5\7-----------------------------
d----------------------------------------------------------------------
a----------------------------------------------------------------------
e----------------------------------------------------------------------

then into chorus riff to end the song listen to know how many times to 
play. there ya go if ya have a whammy pedal and a delay effect ur set.
email me if ya want at BrooklynFella@hotmail.com    .see ya.
                                           john aka the edge







EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING (LIVE)
--------------------------------------
U2

Tabbed by jules.

There was no complete tab for this song in the archive so
I thought I'd fix that. I've based the transcription on the
live version of 'Even better' which is actually in the key
of Dmaj whereas the album version is in Amaj.

Tune down your 12 string Rickenbacker half a step...


Intro:        Main riff:
E------------ --------------------------------------------
B------------ ---------------7b(8)r-----------------------
G------------ -----------------------------5--4-----------
D------------ ----------0-----------5---7-----------------
A------------ --------------------------------------------
E--10-10----- --------------------------------------------

For the intro set your whammy pedal to pitch shift between
one octave up and 2 octaves up, play the two notes and
see-saw back and forth. Turn off whammy after the intro.

Play the main riff for the first part of the verses then
switch to this:

Verse riff:
E----8-----8---------12----12----12-------3----3----------
B------8-----8---------12------12-----------3----3--------
G---------------------------------------------------------
D---------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------
E-/8------------/12------------------\3-------------------

Play the main riff once then it's into the chorus riff:

Chorus riff:
E--------------------------------------------------
B------10-10-10-10-10------------------------------
G------7--7--7--7--7----10--9--7-------------------
D--------------------------------------------------
A--------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------

Then it's back to the main and verse riffs.

Here's the solo as Edge plays live. There are two endings,
the first is what he used to play (and I prefer) and the
second is what he plays more recently.

E-------------------------------------------------------------
B-------------------------------------------------------------
G---2/7----5/7--10-10-10-9-7-7---7/5-2-0-2/7--10--10/12--10--7
D-------------------------------------------------------------
A-------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------

                     *---ending 1------------------------------*
E-------------13/10--13/15-15-15-15-13-12---10--10---10---10------
B---------------------------------------------10---10---10--10----
G-10-10-10-12-----------------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------

  *-----------ending 1-----------------*
E-13p10----13p10----13p10----13p10----13----------------------
B-------10-------10-------10-------10-------------------------
G-------------------------------------------------------------
D-------------------------------------------------------------
A-------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------

   *-----------------ending 2---------------------------*
E-------------------------------------------------------------
B---------------------------------------6---6---6---6---6-----
G--10/12-12-12-12-12-9--7---7---7---7----7---7---7---7--------
D-------------------------7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7-------
A-------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------

After the solo...

"We're free to fly the crimson sky..."
E-------------------------------------------------------------
B-------------------------------------------------------------
G-12-10-10-10-9-10/12---10-10-10-9-10-9-9/7---7\5/7\5/7\5-----
D-------------------------------------------------------------
A-------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------

It's then back into the chorus riff 'till the end.

Thats about it all, I'm not 100% sure on the Chorus
riff so mail any corrections if you have them.

Cheers,

jules.    (jules153@hotmail.com)




"Even Better Than the Real Thing"  
 -------------------------------

**Note - Phil (The_Fly@email.msn.com) pointed out
that the intro is not correct.  To play this accurately,
you need a Digitech Whammy pedal.  

daniel.zigman@bialik.netaxis.qc.ca

Ok. A couple of mistakes were corrected. Most totably the slides on the
solo, one of the notes in the main riff and the first part of the bridge was
put onto the correct string (sorry this was my first TAB)
I'm still a bit rough on Riff 2 so I'd appreciate some help there.
I suggest a lot of delay and some distortion (especially at the beginning). 

b=bend
r=release
/=slide up
\=slide down
Note: The intro is actually played on another guitar and it continues into 
the middle of the first verse.

Intro: (8x)      | Riff 1
E--------5-5-----|------------------------------------------
B----------------|------------------------------------------
G----------------|-----------6br----------------------------
D----------------|--------------------4--5--4---------------
A----------------|----------------5-------------------------
E--5-5-----------|------5-----------------------------------

-Riff 1-
	 A                  Dsus4 D/A          A
Give me one more chance, and you'll be satisfied
	 D                 Dsus4   D      A
Give me two more chances you won't be denied
       
-Riff 2-

e----------10-10-|----10----10-10--|----10--10-10-9-9-9-9\7-|
B--8-8---8-------|-12----12--------|-10----10---------------|


       Gadd9
Well my heart is where it's always been
    Bm7
My head is somewhere in between
	D               Dsus4           D       A
Give me one more chance let me be your lover tonight
     
(Check it out)

-Riff 3-

e-12-12-12---10-9-7-|
B-10-10-10---8--7-5-|

  A         G       D   A       G         D
You're the real thing, yeah the real thing
  A         G       D
You're the real thing
  A                   G         D       A
Even better than the real thing
     
(Riff 1)
Give me one last chance and I'm gonna make you sing
Give me half a chance to ride on the waves that you bring
(Riff 2)
You're honey child to a swarm of bees
Gonna blow right through you like a breeze
Give me one last dance, we'll slide down the surface of things

(Riff 3)
You're the real thing, yeah the real thing
You're the real thing
Even better than the real thing
     
Solo:
B-6/10-8/10--/13-12\10-10-10---/8-5-3-5/10--/13-13-13-13-12-12-12-10-
	
e----------------------------------------------17--17--17--17-
B-/13-13-13-13/15-15-13-10---/15-15-15-13-15-17--17--17--17---

e--17-20-17-20-17-20-17-20-
		     
Bridge:        
e-/10-/8-8-8-7-8/10-10--/8-8-8-7-8-7-7\5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-
B----------------------------------------8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8--
	D               G
We're free to fly the crimson sky
     D                  G
The sun won't melt our wings tonight
 A   G   D
Oh now, here she comes
     
-Riff 3-
Take me higher, take me higher
Can you take me higher?
Will you take me higher?

You're the real thing, yeah the real thing
You're the real thing

Even better than the real thing
Even better than the real thing
Even better than the real thing.






"Even Better Than the Real Thing"
  -------------------------------
tabbed by:mal11@cwns5.INS.CWRU.Edu

 Heavy distortion recommended. :)

Intro:            (Riff below is repeated during verses)
E--------5-5-----|------------------------------------------
B----------------|------------------------------------------
G----------------|-----------6/7\6--------------------------
D----------------|------------------5--4--------------------
A----------------|------------------------------------------
E--5-5-----------|------5-----------------------------------

         A                  Dsus4 D/A          A
Give me one more chance, and you'll be satisfied
         D                 Dsus4   D      A
Give me two more chances you won't be denied
       Gadd9
Well my heart is where it's always been
    Bm7
My head is somewhere in between
        D               Dsus4           D       A
Give me one more chance let me be your lover tonight
     
(Check it out)

  A         G       D   A       G         D
You're the real thing, yeah the real thing
  A         G       D
You're the real thing
  A                   G         D       A
Even better than the real thing
     
Give me one last chance and I'm gonna make you sing
Give me half a chance to ride on the waves that you bring
You're honey child to a swarm of bees
Gonna blow right through you like a breeze
Give me one last dance, we'll slide down the surface of things

You're the real thing, yeah the real thing
You're the real thing
Even better than the real thing
     
U2 "Even Better Than the Real Thing" - SOLO
-------------------------------------------
steve palmer am560@freenet.carleton.ca

regular tuning


|-----------------8-8-8-7-5-5--------------10--10/12---10-----|
|-3/5/10---8/10----------------8/5-3-5/10-----------------10--|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|


|-8/10--10/12--8/5--------------------5----5----5----5--------|
|--------------------3-3-3-3-3-1-3-5----5----5----5----5------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|


|-8-5----8-5----8-5----8-5------------------------------------|
|-----5------5------5------5----------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|



        D               G
We're free to fly the crimson sky
     D                  G
The sun won't melt our wings tonight
 A   G   D
Oh now, here she comes
     
Take me higher, take me higher
Can you take me higher?
Will you take me higher?

You're the real thing, yeah the real thing
You're the real thing

Even better than the real thing
Even better than the real thing
Even better than the real thing.
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