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

Elder guitarist Nick DiSalvo only brought one guitar to SXSW—his 1961 Gibson SG Reissue that he says he loves because “of its excellent playability and its relatively wide tonal range. It’s got the thinnest neck I’ve ever felt, and it’s super light, so it’s easy to maneuver with (or simply have hanging from your neck for an hour+ every night). I can get everything from ripping trebly leads that hurt the ears all way back to lush, thick chords—even from the stock ’57 classic pickups.”

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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