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

I'm using a Stratocaster style guitar for this song, but any electric guitar will do the trick. The tones have more to do with the amp and effect settings.

As far as amps go, any Fender-style tube amp is a fine choice. Set the amp for a clean tone. Set the Drive to 30%, Bass to 45%, Mid to 50%, Treble to 60%, and Presence to 65%.

For Guitar 3, either crank up the preamp gain on your amp, or kick in an overdrive pedal to create more bite and sustain for the leads. Set the tone to around 3/4 for a more trebly, biting tone.

Add some reverb for depth.

I used a 10-46 string gage, with a heavy pick so I can dig right into those bluesy riffs and leads with some authority.

Here are the settings I used:
Fender Twin Model:
Drive: 30% Bass: 45% Mid: 50% Treb: 60% Presence: 65%
Tube Screamer (Guitar 3):
Drive: 50% Tone: 75%
Spring Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 25%