Chris Cornell's 'Superunknown' guitar is up for auction

Publish Date
Friday, 4 December 2020, 11:11AM
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A Chris Cornell guitar is on the auction block via Gotta Have Rock and Roll. The ax on sale is a 1966 Fender Jazzmaster Cornell used to record Soundgarden's iconic 1994 album Superunknown and played live during more than 30 concerts over the span of the 1993-94. It's going for a minimum bid of $125,000.

"Chris Cornell played guitars are rare, but nothing compares to his 1966 Fender Jazzmaster," reads the item description. "Cornell originally bought this guitar in 1993 and played it heavily throughout the 1993-1994 tours, playing it on over 30 shows, with video evidence from 13 different shows."

It goes on to explain that the frontman only used three guitars to record the album: a Gretsch Duo Jet, a double-cutaway Gretsch Silver Jet and the Fender Jazzmaster. "Cornell sold this guitar, along with many others, to long-time friend Chris Bond," it adds. "Bond was Cornell’s best friend growing up; they used to play music together at a very young age."

"When Susan Silver and Chris Cornell got divorced in 2004, Cornell wanted to demonstrate that his guitars had artistic value so he listed this Jazzmaster along with several other guitars in the court case," the description continues. "This 1966 Fender Jazzmaster Serial Number 114706 matches the court documents stated in Case Number 07-2-16253-4 King County, Washington, Superior Court."

"The guitar shows incredible wear as this was one of Cornell’s favorite guitars," it concludes. "The guitar comes with the original touring guitar case. Comes with a letter of provenance from Chris Bond, an Appraisal Letter from Emerald City Guitars and a Gotta Have Rock and Roll Certificate of Authenticity."

See pictures and get more info about the Fender Jazzmaster HERE.

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