Guitar highlights from the South’s live music capital.

AFI guitarist Jade Puget’s No. 1 axe is a ’98 Les Paul Studio with a Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB pickup in the bridge. The neck pickup’s tone knob has been replaced with a control for the guitar’s LED eclipse design.

Inspired by PBS’s long-running Austin City Limits program, the Austin City Limits Festival has gained a reputation since its 2002 birth as a premier soapbox for budding singer/songwriters. While that remains a crucial part of ACL, in 2012 the fest expanded to two weekends, with musical heat from all genres. This year, for example, saw many hip-hop and EDM headliners, though there was plenty of guitar ingenuity as well. We bring you a glimpse of what went down this year in Austin’s Zilker Park.

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