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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Bob Mould

Working an equal amount of Hüsker Dü and solo material, Mould had no regrets spending most of his time with his Fender Strat Plus that has replaced his original No. 1 blue Strat. He recently spoke with PG about his new batch of Strats after retiring the blue one from the road: “They’re all pretty much late-’80s Strat Plus factory gear, but I’ve swapped out the pickups for the Lace Sensor Blue pickups because I prefer the original Blue ones.” (Check out our interview with Bob Mould.)

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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Expanding on the innovations of Cort’s original 8-string multiscale, the KX508 Multi-Scale II features an updated okoume body and a specially designed Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker.

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The Tour Collection is defined by a minimalistic, vintage-inspired aesthetic, top-of-the-line components, and a simplified electronics configuration featuring new, custom pickups by Supro.

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The Cream Amp is a handmade low-gain overdrive pedal based on the Electra Distortion circuit.

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