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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Descedents’ Stephen Egerton

The punk rocker has been loyal to Ernie Ball guitars since the mid-’90s. For the band’s most recent album Hypercaffium Spazzinate he used an EBMM Axis that he calls “Old Gray,” but for the Riot Fest performance of their popular anthem “Hope” he used a sleek EBMM StingRay.

Fender’s American Vintage II Series

For these new recreations, Fender focuses on the little things that make original golden-era Fenders objects of obsession.

If there’s one thing players love more than new guitars, it’s old guitars—the unique feel, the design idiosyncrasies, the quirks in finish that all came from the pre-CNC era of instrument manufacturing. These characteristics become the stuff of legend, passed on through the years via rumors and anecdotes in shops, forums, and community networks.

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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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The Red Sea was born out of the vision to provide complex signal routing options available to the live/performing musician, that up until now, are only found in a studio mixing environment.

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