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


Glassjaw’s Justin Beck

The longtime 6-stringer for the post-hardcore band played favorites during the festival set by only using his Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute. Beck bought the guitar last year and the only thing he’s done to make it his own is swap out the standard “sideways” Vibrato with a Vibrola because he said it never truly went back to the zero position. He’s really enjoyed jamming it because of its thinner neck and he’s loved having a functioning whammy bar since he hasn’t owned a guitar with one since 1993. And as he put it, “Dive bombs all day!”

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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