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


The Hold Steady’s Steve Selvidge

Steve never looked back once he grabbed his 2016 Fender American Vintage ’52 Telecaster and hit the first chord in “Stuck Between Stations.” Here’s what he had to say about his newest guitar: “In the past, Tad and I doubled up on the humbucker-equipped, set-neck guitars. With Franz back in the mix on keys, I thought it would be a cool idea to change things up and go with the classic blackguard-Tele vibe. It's worked out really well, I think. I got this guitar new from Fender and I've done nothing to it other than play it. It's a fantastic guitar with a great neck shape and super-musical low end. A keeper for sure.”

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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