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


Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard

This man loves Fender Mustangs. He vibes with their 24” scale. As you can see above, he’s using one of his 1970s Fender Mustangs during the song “Crooked Teeth.” During our Rig Rundown with the band, his tech told us that the pickup switches and tone controls have been removed—a single volume knob controls both pickups—and he replaced the trem springs with bolts, locking down the floating tailpiece.

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 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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Stardust V3 was designed to capture the sound and response of 3 distinct amplifier models.

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The Sunn O))) Life Pedal circuit has been meticulously tweaked from the original and includes a third footswitch.

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