New Gear Review: Chris Cornell ES-335 Gibson Guitar



The Gibson Chris Cornell ES-335 is a remixed ES-335—a thin line semi-hollow electric with a pair of Jason Lollar™ Lollartron® pickups. You have your choice of Chris' Olive Drab Green with Bigsby™ vibrato or a Flat Black version with a Tune-o-matic bridge and aluminum stop bar tailpiece. Both guitars are equipped with high-quality Grover™ Rotomatic® tuners and all hardware is treated with Gibson's proprietary VOS process for a gently aged vintage look.

The Chris Cornell ES-335 copies the original "dot neck" 335s of the late 1950s including a semi-hollow body made from laminated maple with a bound top, back and solid maple center block. The neck is made from solid mahogany and topped with a bound fingerboard made from hand-selected rosewood that's inlaid with pearloid dot position markers. The headstock carries a mother-of-pearl Gibson logo and crown inlay.

The pair of Lollartrons® are made like the original Filter’Tron® humbuckers of the late ’50s and early ’60s for a distinctively twangy tone, but in a Gibson PAF-style. The pickups use a traditional three-way switch with individual volume and tone controls.

The Chris Cornell ES-335 includes a black leatherette hard-shell case with plush charcoal lining, a Certificate of Authenticity, owner’s manual, and coverage by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 customer service. Check: for prices and more.

By Barry Rudolph

miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA.