The Edge’s guitar playing blew our brains out. Besides that, here’s a glimpse of who played what on the farm, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Royal Blood, Kaleo, Umphrey’s McGee, and others in between.

To see U2 and the Edge live was a rare joy: a classic quartet with a wall of sound—tight, loud, on key, and possessing a palpable synergy. Edge kept it simple on a Tele for “Vertigo,” but he changed guitars tastefully and often during U2’s Bonnaroo performance, playing at least three different Strats, a Les Paul Custom, a 1976 Gibson Explorer, and a 1966 cherry Gibson SG.

Favorite Edge tone of the night: his overdriven crunch through an SG during “Elevation” in the below video, starting at 5:35.

Fat tones from a sweet niche where Les Paul, Gretsch, and Telecaster share the limelight.

Copious, unexpected tones. Cool, useful bass contour control. Very nice build quality. Excellent value.



Reverend Flatroc Bigsby


If you only pay casual attention to Reverend guitars, it’s easy to overlook how different their instruments can be. Some of that may be due to the way Reverends look. There are longstanding styling themes and strong family likenesses among models that can make differentiation a challenge for uninitiated guitar spotters. For instance, the Flatroc reviewed here has more or less the same body as the Charger, Buckshot, and Double Agent OG (which has an entirely different body than the more Jazzmaster-like Double Agent W). If you don’t have an experienced Reverend enthusiast at your side, it can all be a bit mind bending.

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Johnny Winter's Burning Blues by Corey Congilio

Learn to rip like one of the all-time masters of modern electric blues.

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