The Gibson Memphis Chris Cornell ES335 Electric Guitar displays unique, top-tier appointments specified by Chris, all culminating in one of the most rocking ES335’s ever created! Chris has been a remarkable singer, musician and song writer since the mid 80’s and his signature ES335 captures his unique style in stunning fashion. The legendary ES335 semi-hollow body is loaded with a pair of Jason Lollar Lollartron pickups, for that fat-but-jangly late ’50s to early ’60s humbucker-fired twang. Cornell fans, collectors and guitarists looking for something different are sure to fall in love with the Chris Cornell ES-335 from Gibson Memphis!
Gibson Memphis Chris Cornell ES335 Electric Guitar Features
Body and Neck
- Semi-hollow ES335 body made from laminated maple with bound top
- Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays
- Pair of Lollartron Humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
- Nickel-plated ABR bridge with Bigsby vibrato (Olive Drab Green only) or stopbar tailpiece
- Grover Rotomatic tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio
- Hand numbered, limited edition run
Designed in the image of the original dot neck 335s of the late 1950s, the Chris Cornell signature ES335 features a semi-hollow body made from laminated maple with a bound top and back and a solid maple center block. This results in the perfect marriage of 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
The Chris Cornell ES-335 takes things to a different level 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 look.
Gibson Memphis outfits the Flat Black model with 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 vintage look.
Every Chris Cornell signature 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 service.
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 twists.