See performance shots of AWOLNATION, Courtney Barnett, Elder, Future Islands, Portugal. The Man, Nikki Lane, and more!

Ruby the Hatchet brought a much-needed dose of Sabbath riffage to SXSW thanks to guitarist Johnny Scarps who used his beloved Gibson SG Special the entire set because of he prefers its sound while still being an average, run-of-the-mill guitar that he doesn’t have to lose sleep over while touring. “This will be my guitar until I can save up for a guitar that's carved from the bones of 1,000 dead warriors and crafted in the deepest halls of the Mountain King by a demon luthier named Astaroth.”

2015 marks South by Southwest’s 28th year as a destination festival in Austin’s beautiful neighborhoods like South Congress, East Austin, and downtown along 5th and 6th Streets. Since its inception, SXSW has tried to serve all music fans with a healthy dose of underground and unsigned acts representing nearly every musical genre imaginable. This year was no different with over 2,200 acts that descended upon the Lone Star State’s capital for five days and nights. Premier Guitar had boots on the ground and here is a fraction of the guitar-centric highlights from the event.

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