MUSIKMESSE: Gibson Announces Chris Cornell Signature Guitar
Gibson Announces Chris
Cornell Signature Guitar
announced its partnership with Seattle sound veteran, Chris
The Soundgarden frontman has designed two
special-edition guitars that will be available at Gibson authorized
dealers worldwide as of this April.
"I am honoured to have designed a signature guitar for
Gibson, and look forward to using it on tour with Soundgarden in
May," said Cornell.
Chris Cornell ES-335
Known for his singing, songwriting, and guitar playing with
groundbreaking Seattle grungers Soundgarden as well as his solo
work and his contribution to later bands like Audioslave and Temple
Of The Dog, Chris Cornell has been a major creative force in
alternative music since the mid 1980s. In addition to his powerful
four-octave vocal range, Cornell is a distinguished guitarist, and
has long shown a love of Gibson electrics with some alternative
The Chris Cornell ES-335 from Gibson's Memphis division captures
Cornell-certified looks and appointments in a great new ES-335
built with full Gibson quality and tradition behind it. The
legendary and original thinline semi-hollow electric is given a
clever tweak with a pair of Jason Lollar™ Lollartron® pickups, for
that fat-but-jangly late '50s to early '60s humbucker-fired twang
that fuels Chris Cornell's tone. Your choice of an Olive Drab Green
or Flat Black finish in nitrocellulose lacquer, with a Bigsby™
vibrato option on the former, extends the individuality of this
unique artist's model. From its superbly original tones to its
stunningly distinctive looks, the Chris Cornell ES-335 is a
powerful new performer from Gibson Memphis.
Body and Neck
The Chris Cornell ES-335 is constructed in the image of the
original "dot neck" 335s of the late 1950s, with a semi-hollow body
made from laminated maple with a bound top and back and a solid
maple center block. The result is the perfect marriage of the
traditional archtop's looks and sonic depth, and the solidbody's
sustain and resistance to feedback. 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.
Pickups and Electronics
While continuing in the ES-335's humbucker tradition, the Chris
Cornell ES-335 departs from the norm with a pair of Jason Lollar™
Lollartrons®, made in the style of the original Filter'Tron®
humbuckers of the late '50s and early '60s for a distinctively
twangy tone, but sized for a Gibson PAF-style humbucker mounting.
The result is plenty of tonal depth and warmth from the semi-hollow
design, but with a new clarity and crispness from the Lollartron®
pickups, with excellent hum rejection. The pickups are routed
through the traditional three-way switch and individual volume and
tone controls and topped with clear knobs for a distinctive
The Flat Black model carries Gibson's legendary Tune-o-matic
bridge with aluminum stopbar tailpiece, and there's a Bigsby™
option on the Olive Drab Green model. Both renditions are equipped
with high-quality Grover™ Rotomatic® tuners. All hardware is
treated to Gibson's proprietary VOS process for a gently aged
Every Chris Cornell ES-335 comes protected in a black leatherette
hardshell case with plush charcoal lining, and includes a
Certificate of Authenticity, owner's manual, and coverage by
Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 customer
Soundgarden will embark on the second leg of
their sold-out North American tour on May 3 in Atlantic Cityin
support of new album 'King Animal.'
For more info on pricing visit gibson.com
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