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I'm using a Stratocaster to cover all the guitar layers in the song. Guitars 1 and 2 use position 2 on the 5-way switch for a rounder, bell like tone. Guitar 3 uses the bridge pickup for a bright, powerful lead tone.

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

Guitar 1 uses a tremolo effect in the intro for a cool texture.

For the slide guitar, turn up the preamp gain on the amp, or kick in an overdrive pedal for a slight boost to give more sustain when playing leads.

Add some reverb to all guitars for depth. I'm using 10-46 gage with a heavy pick to dig into these rhythms and leads. Here are the settings I used:

Fender Deluxe Model:
Drive: 45% Bass: 45% Mid: 55% Treb: 60% Presence: 65%
Guitar 2 set Drive to 65%
Tremolo (Guitar 1 intro only):
Rate: 65% Depth: 65% Wet/Dry: 40%
Spring Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 35%