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.

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Megadeth founder teams up with Gibson for his first acoustic guitar in the Dave Mustaine Collection.

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Jazz virtuoso Lionel Loueke joins us in contemplating who we’d put at the helm while making the album of a lifetime. Plus, musical obsessions!

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