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Any acoustic guitar is suitable to play this song, but one with a bright tone may cut through the mix a bit better.

For the electric guitar, I'm using a Les Paul, but any electric guitar with a humbucker pickup in the bridge position is suitable. The humbucker provides plenty of power and clarity, perfect for high-octane riffage.

As far as amps go, any Marshall style tube amp is a desirable choice. Set up the amp for a medium crunch tone. Set the Drive to 65%, Bass to 45%, Mid to 55%, Treble to 55%, and Presence to 65%.

For the lead guitars, kick in an overdrive or distortion pedal to get more sustain and saturation for your licks and solos.

Guitar 1 kicks in a Touch Wah effect for the interlude and final verse. This is a funky sounding wah-wah type effect that sweeps the frequencies of your guitar signal according to how hard you pick the notes you're playing. The effect adds a playful texture to the arrangement.

Add some reverb to all guitars for depth.

I'm using a 10-46 string gage and a heavy pick to aggressively dig into the licks and riffs in the song.

Here are the settings I used:

Marshall Plexi Model: Drive: 65% Bass: 45% Mid: 55% Treb: 55% Presence: 65%

Tube Screamer (Guitars 2,3) Drive: 65% Tone: 70%

T-Wah Effect (Guitar 1) Attack: 45% Depth: 45% Resonance: 50%

Spring Reverb: WetDryMIX: 35%