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I'm using a Stratocaster style guitar for this song, but any electric guitar will do the trick. The tones have more to do with the amp and effect settings.

As far as amps go, any Fender-style tube amp is a fine choice. Set the amp for a clean tone. Set the Drive to 30%, Bass to 45%, Mid to 50%, Treble to 60%, and Presence to 65%.

Guitar 1 uses a rotary speaker effect for a wide sound, likely achieved on the original recording by plugging the amp into a Leslie speaker cabinet. The speaker rotates around fast or slow inside the cabinet, creating a thick, warbly sound. Nowadays, this effect is readily found in stompbox form.

Guitar 3 uses an overdrive pedal for more bite and gain, perfect for digging into those leads. Set the tone control to around 75% for a sharper, cutting sound.

Add some reverb for depth.

I used a 10-46 string gage, with a heavy pick so I can dig right into those riffs and leads with some authority.

Here are the settings I used:

Fender Twin Model:
Drive: 30% Bass: 45% Mid: 50% Treb: 60% Presence: 65%
Rotary Speaker Effect (Guitar 1):
Speed: Slow
Tube Screamer (Guitar 3):
Gain: 50% Tone: 75%
Spring Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 25%