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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.


Deftones’ Stephen Carpenter

Longtime ESP user Stephen went with his signature 8-string, loaded with his signature Fishman Fluence pickups, for the opener “Rocket Skates.” Carpenter spoke with us earlier this year and had this to say on why he loves 7- and 8-strings: “The lower registers. Having that option to drop down to the lower stuff—it’s just fun, really heavy to play, a little darkness. Darkness!” (Read our recent interview with Stephen about recording the new Deftones album Gore.)