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Top 10 Acoustic Guitars: Rig Rundown Best-Ofs

Our hottest “unplugged” axe viewings—from Down Under wonder Tommy Emmanuel to Eric Johnson, Lucinda Williams and seven other fearsome flattop wielders.

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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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Ween’s Dean Ween

One half of the offbeat alt-rock group Ween, Dean (aka Mickey Melchiondo) pays constant tribute to his Hendrix influences by primarily rocking a Strat onstage. His Frankenstein Strat’s cavity has a ’57 route with a dowel cut in half-lengthwise and glued to the outside wall to receive the extra screw hole for a ’62 or later pickguard. It was refinished Dakota red in the early ’90s, and its neck plate dates to 1962. The guitar has a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails pickup in the bridge and Fender Lace Sensors in the middle and neck positions. The band played The Mollusk in its entirety.

Good news, folks: Guitar is alive and well! PG headed south to Atlanta for three days to celebrate performances (and gather guitar details) from Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Tame Impala, Tyler Childers, Incubus, the Struts, Cage the Elephant, Tash Sultana, and more!

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Maggie Rogers’ Elle Puckett

Guitarist Elle Puckett uses her 2019 Fender American Performer Telecaster Hum to create a musical playground for Maggie Rogers that balances between dreamy pop-rock dance parties and crunchy folk-rock.