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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!

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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.

Check out the instruments used by members of Queens of the Stone Age, Jawbreaker, Bad Brains, Prophets of Rage, New Order, Built to Spill, and others who rocked the Chicago fest.

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A Day to Remember’s Joshua Woodard

The keeper of low for the metalcore-meets-pop punkers relied mostly on his Music Man StingRay Classic for the band’s Friday headlining set including the opener “All I Want.”

The Edge’s guitar playing blew our brains out. Besides that, here’s a glimpse of who played what on the farm, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Royal Blood, Kaleo, Umphrey’s McGee, and others in between.

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More than 65,000 music enthusiasts grazed the Manchester, Tennessee, farm during the 16th installment of good vibes an hour south of Nashville. Bonnaroo is always fantastically entertaining with plenty of surprises around every corner. There’s the high-fives between strangers, twerking workouts with Big Freedia, the silent disco, and the fake snow falling 24/7 at the Christmas Barn stage. Hey, there was even a dance party around a toy unicorn, dubbed the Roonicorn, that went viral. For all this festival is, it leaves a music enthusiast absolutely invigorated, exhausted, inspired, and, well, awaiting next year. You can never see it all, and there’s a lot more than guitar, but here’s what we saw in the world of strings played through cranked amplifiers. And let’s be honest: The main event was seeing the Edge and hearing his magical trademark delay cascade into the universe for two hours. Simply, he’s a master. It was flawless and incredibly awesome. See for yourself in the clips below.