Chris Cornell 335

Premier Guitar have been looking at the new Chris Cornell ES-335 and they like it. Watch the video below. The Chris Cornell ES-335, from Gibson’s Memphis division, is a new twist on a classic design.

“Chris was heavily involved in the design of the guitar,” says Gibson’s Dave Winters. “He particularly wanted the Lollartron pickups. He wanted clear knobs, no pointers...”

As well as other Cornell appointments, the guitar comes in two finishes: Olive Drab Green with a Bigsby vibrato, and Flat Black finish in nitrocellulose lacquer (no vibrato).

“There will be 250 of each finish, all hand-numbered,” says Winters. This unique twist on an ES-335 is already proving popular. Never liked green guitars? You’ll like this one.

The Chris Cornell ES-335 is constructed in the image of the original “dot neck” ES-335s of the late 1950s. It has a semi-hollow body made from laminated maple with a bound top and back and a solid maple center block. The neck is made from solid mahogany, and topped with a bound fingerboard made from hand-selected rosewood, inlaid with simple pearloid dot position markers, while the headstock carries a mother-of-pearl Gibson logo and crown inlay. 

Chris Cornell is currently touring and recording again with Soundgarden, while also playing solo shows in South America soon. Cornell also recently inducted Heart Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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Watch Premier Guitar’s video of the Chris Cornell ES-335 in action below.