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The Telecaster is the absolute go-to electric guitar for this song. The bridge pickup on the tele provides the bright, spanky tone perfect for old school country.

Any acoustic guitar is suitable for this tune, but one with a brighter tone will cut through the mix a bit better.

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%.

Use a slapback echo on the guitar to give it that early-country sound. I'm also using a compressor pedal to add some sustain and spank to the tone. Add some reverb for depth.

I used a 10-46 string gage, with a heavy pick so I can dig right into some old school country with plenty of attitude.

Here are the settings I used:

Fender Deluxe Model:
Drive: 30% Bass: 45% Mid: 50% Treb: 60% Presence: 65%
Spring Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 25%
Slapback Echo:
Time: 115 ms Feedback: 5% WetDryMIX: 45%
Attack: 10% Sustain: 50%

TUNING : half step down Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb