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

For the electric guitar, I'm using a Les Paul, but any electric can be used. Be sure to select the bridge pickup for a clear, powerful tone.

As far as amps go, any cranked up Marshall style tube amp is a desirable choice. Dial in the amp for a smooth overdriven tone. Set the Drive to 75%, Bass to 45%, Mid to 55%, Treble to 60%, and Presence to 60%.

The electric guitar uses some delay effects throughout. There's a basic delay for all licks and fills that gives a full, wet sound. A more prominent second delay is used in the chorus fills to emphasize the "magic" inspired lyrics.

Add some reverb to both guitars for depth.

I used a 10-46 string gage, with a heavy pick so I can dig into those licks and fills.
Here are the settings I used:

Marshall Plexi Model:
Drive: 50% Bass: 45% Mid: 55% Treb: 60% Presence: 65%
Basic Delay (Guitar 2):
Time: 385 ms Feedback: 35% Wet/DRY: 35%
Chorus Delay (Guitar 2):
Time: TBD Feedback: 48% Wet/DRY: 48%
Spring Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 35%