See what guitars and basses the punks, metalheads, and hardcore rockers used during the Windy City’s other 3-day festival.

Holy White Hounds’ James Manson

For the band’s midday set, Manson went the distance with this Epiphone Firebird that he bought online because of how beautiful it looked with its gold hardware. Manson hasn’t done anything to the guitar since buying it, but the pickups have so much sweat, beer, and grime in them that their tone has been muddied up, so he employs a few select stomps to brighten up his sound for the stage.

Linda Manzer and Pat Metheny’s collaboration on the Pikasso guitar proves that a good creative chemistry between luthier and client can lead to extreme innovation!

Photo by Brian Pickell

The construction of your dream guitar can be a fun journey, but learning the language is essential.

You’ve visited countless websites, played as many guitars as you could lay your hands on, and zeroed in on the luthier that resonates most with you. You’re ready to take the plunge and your next step is to have a conversation with the builder. You’ll both have lots of questions. Be sure to listen and let them guide you through the process. This is when the fun begins.

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