We cherry-picked the essential guitar-centric happenings from Chicago’s three-day celebration, including performances from Johnny Marr, Elvis Costello, Incubus, Weezer, Bad Religion, Jesus Lizard, and more!

Hobo Johnson and the LoveMarkers' Derek Lynch

It's been a wild ride for Hobo Johnson & the LoveMakers this year, ever since Hobo and his crew made a single-shot video for NPR's Tiny Desk series. They eventually lost out in the finals, but the video garnered millions of views and earned them a Tiny Desk slot. Guitarist Derek Lynch is seen here with his all-stock Olympic white Fender American Professional Jaguar.

It’s ok for a guitar to not sound like a guitar.

As much as we all love juicy, organic guitar tones, it can be just as inspiring to go the opposite way. Combining various modulation effects, envelope filters, oscillators, and more can result in sounds that owe more to Kraftwerk than Led Zeppelin.

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ESP Guitars announces 43 new LTD and LTD Deluxe guitar models to kick off the new year.

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