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I'm using a Les Paul, but any guitar with a humbucker pickup in the bridge position will be a great choice.

As far as amps go, any Marshall style tube amp is a desirable choice. If your amp has channel switching, set one channel for clean, and the second for a heavy crunch tone. Alternatively, set your amp for clean, then kick in a distortion pedal for Guitar 1's parts.

Guitars 1 and 2 use delay throughout the tune for some great atmospheric effect. Guitar 2 also uses a vibrato effect to give an uneasy, tense feeling in the verses. Add reverb to both guitars for depth.

I'm using a 10-46 string gage and a heavy pick to aggressively dig into these riffs.

Here are the settings I used:

Marshall JCM 800 Model:
Drive: 95% Bass: 45% Mid: 55% Treb: 60% Presence: 60%
(for Guitar 2 set drive to 25%)
Drive: 85% Tone: 65%
Vibrato (Guitar 2):
Rate: 40% Depth: 50% WetDryMIX: 45%
Delay:
Time: 400ms Feedback: 35% WetDryMix: 40%
Spring Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 35%

DROPPED D-Tuning -- drop low string one step to D