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

Gwar’s Balsac—the Jaws of Death

In his typical awesome fashion, Mike Derks donned his oversized monster suit and played his signature model Schecter Balsac the Jaws 'o Death 6-string during the whole hilarious set in Chicago. Nicknamed "Jaw," it’s a jagged version of a classic V-shape body loaded with a Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackout pickup.

Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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The Atlas Compressor offers up an extensive library of compression options and allows for transformation into a bass specific compression machine.


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Megadeth founder teams up with Gibson for his first acoustic guitar in the Dave Mustaine Collection.

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