Chris Cornell Gibson 8/28/19

Gibson has announced the worldwide launch of the new, limited-edition Chris Cornell ES-335 Tribute guitar, in honor of the rock legend who passed away in May 2017. A pre-sale has already begun, while on September 3rd, all Gibson Chris Cornell ES-335 guitars will be sold worldwide through authorized Gibson dealers.

Gibson chief merchant officer Cesar Gueikian said, “Chris Cornell was not only one of the most iconic singer-songwriters of all time, he was a modern innovator who left a legacy that transcends music genres and generations. Chris fell in love with this guitar and it became a part of his creative expression . . . we hope that this guitar will inspire fans to find their sound, and inspiration, just like Chris did, for many years to come.”

The guitar was officially unveiled earlier this year at the star-studded “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” concert supporting the Chris And Vicky Cornell Foundation and The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation. Gibson made a donation, in addition to offering a selection of the limited-edition Chris Cornell ES-335 signature guitars to the foundation to raise added funds.

Cornell took his own life on May 18th, 2017, after playing a show with Soundgarden in Detroit. The band had been working on material for its seventh studio album before his death at the age of 52.

Story source: press release

TL; DR:

  • Gibson has launched a new guitar in tribute to the late Chris Cornell.
  • It’s available via pre-order now, but will be in shops on September 3rd.

SIDE NOTES: Prior to his passing, Gibson worked closely with the late Soundgarden singer with modifications to his original ES-335. Considered one of the company’s most distinct designs, the Cornell signature guitar sports aged Lollartron humbucking pickups and clear “no number” Top Hat knobs on an olive drab satin finish, with Cornell’s signature inlaid in mother of pearl on the peghead.