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I’m using a Telecaster set to the bridge pickup for a bright and clear tone, but any electric guitar is suitable.

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

Guitars 1 and 3 will also require an overdriven tone, so kick in an overdrive/distortion pedal for those parts.

Guitar 2 uses plenty of chorus for a dense, washy sound typical of the 80s.

Guitar 3 uses a harmonizer effect that blends in higher octaves to the note you are playing - this is effective for mimicking the bagpipes.

Add some delay and reverb to all guitars for plenty of depth. I’m using 10-46 gage with a heavy pick to attack those riffs and licks. Here are the settings I used:

Fender Deluxe Model:
Drive: 45% Bass: 45% Mid: 55% Treb: 60% Presence: 65%
Distortion (Guitar 1,3):
Drive: 65% Tone: 45% Level: 50%
Chorus (Guitar 2):
Rate: 40% Depth: 50% WetDryMIX: 50%
Harmonizer (Guitar 3):
+1 Octave: 20% +2 Octave: 20% Detune: 100%
Delay:
Time: 360 ms Feedback: 30% WetDryMIX: 15%
Hall Reverb:
WetDryMIX: 40%