Gibson Launches Limited-Edition Chris Cornell Tribute Guitar

Celebrate the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer’s legacy with this re-release of Cornell’s signature guitar.

Paul Lorkowski

Gibson is honoring the hard-rocking legacy of Chris Cornell with a tribute edition of the late grunge god’s favorite guitar. 


The Gibson Chris Cornell ES-335 was officially unveiled earlier this at the five-hour “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” event in Los Angeles earlier this year, during which members of all-star acts including Metallica, Foo Fighters and Audioslave covered songs from Cornell’s genre-transcending discography. 


The instrument boasts a three-ply maple/poplar/maple body finished in olive drab green satin paint, a rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays, and a mahogany neck. 


Distinct features like aged Lollartron humbucking pickups, clear “no number” top hat knobs, and Cornell’s signature mother-of-pearl peghead inlay “make this one of Gibson’s rarest artist offerings to date,” the company 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,” said Gibson executive Cesar Gueikian. 

“Chris fell in love with this guitar and it became a part of his creative expression. It’s our honor to release this tribute ES-335 in his memory.”

Pre-sale for the Gibson Chris Cornell ES-335 began on August 27 ahead of its global release on September 3. Visit Gibson’s website for more details.