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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.


Pepper’s Bret Bollinger

He’s played many basses over the years, but Bret Bollinger can’t put down this gift from his mom—a 1972 Fender Jazz bass that was upgraded with Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound pickups. “Once I started playing my jazz bass, I never put it down. I never got very good at it, but nonetheless I never put it down because it's always felt like home to me!”