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Any acoustic guitar can be used to play this tune, but one with a brighter tone would cut through the band mix a bit better.

As for the electric guitars, I'm using a telecaster, but any electric guitar is suitable. Ideally, a 6 string bass would recreate the parts from the recording perfectly. You could also use an octave pedal or octave down effect to replicate the sound of the 6 string bass.

As far as amps go, any Fender style tube amp is a desirable choice. Set up the amp for a clean tone. Set the Drive to 35%, Bass to 45%, Mid to 55%, Treble to 60%, and Presence to 65%.

Guitar 2 uses a tremolo effect in the solo section for an authentic old-school country sound.

Add some reverb to all guitars for depth.

On the acoustic, I'm using a 12-56 gage with heavy pick to dig right into those strums. On the electric, I'm using 10-46 gage with a heavy pick to get those great melodies.
Here are the settings I used:

Fender Deluxe Model:
Drive: 35% Bass: 45% Mid: 55% Treb: 60% Presence: 65%
Tremolo (Gtr2):
Rate: 75% Depth: 65% Wet/Dry: 40%
Spring Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 35%