Gibson's Chris Cornell ES-335 Tribute goes on sale

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The Gibson ES-335 Chris Cornell Tribute is now available to order through Gibson authorised dealers. 

The semi-hollow electric guitar (opens in new tab) is limited to 250 units and features much of the same spec as the late Soundgarden frontman's stunning 2013 Artist Series semi-hollow (opens in new tab), adding his signature to the headstock via some MOP inlay.

Key features include a three-ply maple/poplar/maple top, back and sides, with spruce bracing, a maple centre block, and a quarter-sawn, rounded-C mahogany neck. It has a pair of Aged Lollartron humbuckers in  neck and bridge positions and the usual two volume, two tone and three-way toggle control setup. 

As per Cornell's specifications for the 2013 Memphis-built model, the ES-335 Chris Cornell Tribute has "no number" top-hat control knobs.

Hardware-wise, there's a B-7 Bigsby vibrola and a set of kidney bean-style Grover Rotomatic tuners. The 2013 model offered came in Flat Black or Olive Drab Green satin nitro finishes. The Tribute model is only available in the latter.

Gibson announced the ES-335 Chris Cornell Tribute back in January, with the guitar officially unveiled at the Chris Cornell tribute concert, I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell. The show featured perfomances from the Foo Fighters, Melvins, Metallica and Ryan Adams, plus Cornell’s bands Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave.

RRP is $3,999 (£3,269 approx). See Gibson (opens in new tab) for more details.

You can order Soundgarden Live At The Artist's Den here (opens in new tab) in a variety of formats, including Blu-ray, vinyl and CD. The set captures Soundgarden's epic 2013 performance at the Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles. 

The video below is taken from that show and sees Cornell use his Memphis-built signature model on Black Hole Sun.

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. 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.

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