The four-day festival takes over Chicago’s lakefront park and turns up the volume thanks to Ryan Adams, Arcade Fire, Muse, Ron Gallo, Warpaint, Cage the Elephant, and others.

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Temples’ James Bagshaw

Temples’ frontman/guitarist loves Gretches. For most of the band’s set, he bounced between a 12-string Chet Atkins Country Gentleman and this 1963 Tennessean—including for the closer “Shelter Song.”

Made in Canada, this two-voice guitar features a chambered Mahogany body, carved Swamp Ash top, 25.5” scale Mahogany neck and Rosewood Fingerboard.

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A collaboration honoring Grammy-award winner and guitar virtuoso Christone "Kingfish" Ingram featuring his signature humbucking pickups.

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Gain is fun in all its forms, from overdrive to fuzz, but let’s talk about a great clean tone.


We’re all here for one thing. It’s the singular sound and magic of the stringed instrument called the guitar—and its various offshoots, including the bass. Okay, so maybe it’s more than one thing, but the sentiment remains. Even as I write this, my thoughts fan out and recognize how many incarnations of “guitar” there must be. It’s almost incomprehensible. Gut-string, nylon-string, steel-string, 12-string, 8-string, 10-string, flatwound, brown sound, fuzztone…. It’s almost impossible to catalog completely, so I’ll stop here and let you add your favorites. Still, there’s one thing that I keep coming back to: clean tone.

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