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GALLERY: Riot Fest 2016

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


Social Distortion’s Mike Ness

One of SoCal’s punk godfathers sticks with what he knows and likes—Gibson Les Paul Deluxes. While working through their classic album White Light, White Heat, White Trash, he leaned heavily on his 1976 Deluxe that was modded with Seymour Duncan Antiquity P-90s after learning from Neil Young’s tech Larry Cragg that Neil Young swears by those style of pickups when SD opened for Young in the ’90s during the Ragged Glory tour. (Learn about all of Mike’s Deluxes in our Rig Rundown.)