Chicago’s three-day, punk-rock carnival was host to Slayer, Jawbreaker, Raconteurs, Patti Smith, Rise Against, Bob Mould, Rancid, Bikini Kill, Lucero, the Struts, and more. Here are our favorite guitar-related moments from the 15th annual gathering.

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Manchester Orchestra’s Robert McDowell

At this Riot Fest performance, which preceded a winter tour where Manchester will play 2009’s Mean Everything to Nothing in its entirety, Robert McDowell brought out “Sheriff”—a Fender ’72 Telecaster Deluxe reissue. In our Rig Rundown with him, McDowell told us that the Tele originally belonged to bandmate Andy Hull, but McDowell fell in love with it while Hull was falling out of love with it.

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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Module 4 was designed to be a highly versatile take on a classic vintage compressor - Dan Armstrong's Orange Squeezer from the ‘70s.

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The Flat Earth has minimal knob count and feed-forward compression circuitry.

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This pedal combines boutique high gain & Swedish chainsaw mayhem in collaboration with award-winning metal engineer Glenn Fricker.

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