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Any acoustic guitar is suitable to play this song, however, one with a brighter tone will cut through the mix a bit better.

Any electric guitar with a humbucker pickup in the bridge position is suitable for Guitar 2. The humbucker provides plenty of power and clarity for dropped tuning based riffing.

Guitar 3 uses the neck pickup for a more rounder tone in the solo section.

As far as amps go, a Mesa-Boogie style tube amp is the perfect choice. Crank up the gain for a modern crunch tone. Set the drive for 50%, bass to 45%, mid to 50%, and treble to 55%. For Guitar 3, you'll want to add more gain to get a more saturated sound for the solo. Also, Guitar 3 uses a delay effect to widen the sound.

I recommend a 10-46 string gage and medium to heavy picks, so you can really dig into those power chords! Here are the settings I used:

Dual Rectifier Model:
Drive: 50% Bass: 45% Mid: 50% Treb: 55% Presence: 65%
(Guitar 3 - set Drive to 100%)
Digital Delay (Guitar 3)
Time: 325 ms Feedback: 35% Wet/DryMIX: 35%
Spring Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 30%

TUNING: (low to high): C G C F A D