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I'm using a Telecaster guitar for this song, but any electric guitar with a single coil pickup in the bridge position will work great.

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

Guitar 2 uses a slightly cleaner sound, so either roll down your guitar's volume knob, or reduce the Drive on the amp to 30%.

For Guitar 1, add some slapback echo to give it that distinctive Stones tone heard on the original recording.

Add some reverb for depth.

I used a 10-46 string gage, with a heavy pick so I can dig right into these riffs with some attitude.

Here are the settings I used:

Fender Deluxe Model:
Drive: 50% Bass: 45% Mid: 50% Treb: 60% Presence: 65%
(Guitar 2 - Drive: 30%)
Spring Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 25%
Slapback Echo (Guitar 1):
Time: 115 ms Feedback: 0 WetDryMIX: 40%

TUNING : Open G : D G D G B D