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In this video, Chris Cornell talks about his signature Gibson Memphis ES-335: "I started playing guitar to write songs, and in that way I think it’s kinda a cool angle, because thats why I play. It's not to be a guy doing calisthenics on guitar. It's based on innovation for songwriting. It’s not based on what being what I would think of as a guitar hero, or an amazing proficient. [It’s] based on creativity… These are Lollartrons [points to Humbuckers on his signature guitar]. These pickups with this particular guitar, and this semi-hollow body, have sort of like the combination of the two things that I like. One's kinda “rattle-iness” of a semi-hollow body, and of these pickups. A kind of single-coil sound, something that kinda breaks through in a mix. But at the same time, again because it’s a 335, it has a certain amount of finesse, sustain, and musicality. What I like: …the brushed nickel tuning, they’re trying to get clear knobs with no numbers on them, matted finishes, this color I came up with [points to Olive Drab Green finished guitar]. It was fun, it started really with finding a guitar I wanted, and then adjusting it until it was *exactly* what I wanted. When the idea came up to have a signature model, these guitars were pretty much done. Anyone that has seen them really likes them. So that made me feel like ok, well maybe there’s a reason to have my own guitar out there, even though I don’t consider myself to be a virtuoso guitar player."more
Max Helyer, one of two guitarists of the band You Me At Six, showcases his Gibson Memphis ES-335 in this interview by Total Guitar. Max had purchased this from the Sam Ash at Hollywood. He chose over one with a trem-bar. He likes this one for such features as the Lollartron pickups.more
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