The original thinline semi-hollow electric is given a clever tweak.
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. 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 look.
The Flat Black model carries Gibson’s legendary tune-o-matic bridge with aluminum stopbar tailpiece (our SKU# H95943), and there’s a Bigsby option on the Olive Drab Green model featured here. 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 ES-335 comes protected in a black leatherette hardshell case with plush charcoal lining and includes a Certificate of Authenticity and owner’s manual.