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!”

An overachieving overdrive that gets way bigger than its name suggests.

Sweet balanced crunch tones. Dynamic. Sparkling, full, and clean at attenuated guitar volume. High-quality build.

Pretty expensive.


Great Eastern FX Small Speaker Overdrive


Overdrive pedals don’t often set my world alight—even great ones. But I’ve spent a month with the England-built Great Eastern FX Small Speaker Overdrive, and it remains attached to the other end of my coil-y cable. Ostensibly, the Small Speaker is meant to be a variation on the tweed-Fender-Champ-in-a-box theme. However, both the pedal’s name and the Champ associations fail to do justice to how large and alive it sounds and feels tethered to a bigger amp.

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