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Refused’s Magnus Flagge

Kicking the nighttime Chicago crowd into a frenzy during the opener “Elektra,” Flagge sneers down at his Fender P bass. Notice the gaff tape he uses to make sure the pickup selector stays in the middle position no matter how ferociously he picks.

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