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

The former Kurt Vile sideman Steve Gunn brought his technical prowess to the Mohawk in Austin where he mainly played his custom Rick Kelly Bowery Pine T-style that has a huge, solid neck without a truss rod and handwound Lindy Fralin pickups. The guitar was created from a piece of pine from an excavated beam from a building in lower Manhattan. His guitar counterpart Justin Tripp also rocked a Rick Kelly T-style for most of their showcase.

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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