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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.


Meat Puppets’ Curt Kirkwood

Curt, the other half of the Kirkwood duo, rocked his custom one-off that was built by Jimmy Bernard who teaches at the Roberto Venn School of Luthierie in Arizona, where the Kirkwoods call home. The builder based it on Kirkwood’s old 1959 Gibson Les Paul Reissue. Curt says he enjoys gigging with this one because it’s lighter and is one of the most magical guitars he’s ever played.