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Clapton's tone from this era, often referred to as the "Beano" tone, is the stuff of legend.
A Les Paul electric guitar was used to play this tune. Select the bridge pickup for a bright, biting tone. Also, for a warmer, rounder sound, roll the tone control down to around halfway, and roll back the pickup's volume control just a touch.

As far as amps go, any Marshall style tube amp set for an overdriven sound is a desirable choice. Set the Drive to 55%, Bass to 45%, Mid to 55%, Treble to 60%, and Presence to 65%. It also helps to crank the amp up as loud as possible to coax more sustain out of your held notes.

There is much debate as to whether a treble booster pedal was used between the guitar and amp. I've chose to not use one, but feel free to experiment with a treble booster for more sustain and bite!

I used a 10-46 string gage, with a heavy pick so I can dig into those leads. Add some reverb for depth.

Here are the settings I used:

Marshall Bluesbreaker Model:
Drive: 55% Bass: 45% Mid: 55% Treb: 60% Presence: 65%
Chamber Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 40%