Welcome to the group.
It would help if you could tell us what gear you currently have.
Rushmoreacd wrote:... The easiest example of what I mean is the strum of his guitar right before they sing, "I will get by" in Touch. It's clean, but there is something in it that gives it this new string buzz, almost like it’s an effect...
imho, "Brand New Strings" are probably the single most important part, and most overlooked part, of Jerry's "Basic" tone. I think it's safe to say that every time he played Touch live, it was with brand new strings.
ime, The first 4 hours of string life is about all you get with regard to that "New String" sound/tone/"effect".
Keeping it to the "basics"...
Given that you are "playing like Jerry", you can tonally emulate most all the Jerry clean stuff with a new set of strings, a short guitar cord, and a Fender Twin Reverb type amp.
Guys in tribute bands have done this successfully for years and years.
Nowadays, Thanks to guys like Waldo and Brad
, Buffers and Jerry Pre-amps are now becoming basic Jerry Gear.
I may be wrong, but to my field of vision, most Jerry guys in Tribute Bands have only gone to on-board buffers and on-board-effects-loops in the last 5-10 years.
Playing along with GD vids is probably the best way to start to "play" like Jerry G... by emulating his right and left hand technique.