Watch Austin Butler, star of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic, play the King’s Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar at Graceland

Austin Butler
(Image credit: Riley Keough / Instagram)

There are all kinds of stories cropping up about how Austin Butler went deep into character to portray Elvis Presley in the Baz Luhrmann biopic that opens next Friday, June 24. 

But perhaps to really walk a mile in Elvis’ blue suede shows, you’ve got to pick up the very same acoustic guitar that the King played, and in a post-production pilgrimage to Graceland, Butler did just that.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.