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

Ween’s Dean Ween

One of the ringleaders of the offbeat alt-rock group Ween, Dean (a.k.a. Mickey Melchiondo) pays constant tribute to his Hendrix influences by primarily rocking a Strat onstage. The mashed-up Strat's cavity has a '57 route and has a dowel cut in half lengthwise glued to the outside wall to receive the extra screw hole for a '62 or later pickguard. It was refinished Dakota red in the early '90s. And its neck plate dates to 1962. The guitar has a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails pickup in the bridge and Fender Lace Sensors in the middle and neck positions.

An overachieving overdrive that gets way bigger than its name suggests.

Sweet balanced crunch tones. Dynamic. Sparkling, full, and clean at attenuated guitar volume. High-quality build.

Pretty expensive.

$249

Great Eastern FX Small Speaker Overdrive
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Overdrive pedals don’t often set my world alight—even great ones. But I’ve spent a month with the England-built Great Eastern FX Small Speaker Overdrive, and it remains attached to the other end of my coil-y cable. Ostensibly, the Small Speaker is meant to be a variation on the tweed-Fender-Champ-in-a-box theme. However, both the pedal’s name and the Champ associations fail to do justice to how large and alive it sounds and feels tethered to a bigger amp.

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