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

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The Smoking Popes’ Matt Caterer

The guitarist/frontman gets frisky with a quick solo on “Gotta Know Right Now” thanks to his U.S.-made Fender Double Fat Strat.

Which one do you prefer?

Rhett and Zach unpack the big news for secondhand guitar sellers and buyers: Sweetwater has launched their new Gear Exchange. How does it compare to Reverb, Craigslist, and Marketplace? To find out, Zach takes the site for a spin and buys a pedal. He calls the process both “very easy” and “normal.” They discuss the pros and cons of the various used-gear outlets and share tips for not getting got when buying gear. Plus, Zach grew a mustache, Mythos Pedals is moving, and he talks about his forthcoming line of Strat pickups inspired by Hendrix’s reverse-stagger setup.

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The Royale was designed to deliver loud and vivid clean tone with a responsive, tactile low end.

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D'Addario Foundation's education project sets out to help schools throughout the country and kicks off with an online auction.

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To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Xotic Effects unveils an updated version of their classic boost pedal.

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