Chris Cornell's iconic 'Superunknown' guitar is up for auction
Soundgarden‘s 1994 album Superunknown is not only the band’s most successful album to date, but it also marks a true triumph for rock music in the 90s. Now, a piece of history from that album era is officially up for grabs.
The guitar Chris Cornell used to record the iconic album is being auctioned off.
According to the auction site Gotta Have Rock And Roll, Cornell purchased the 1966 Fender Candy Apple Red Jazzmaster Guitar in 1993. The late frontman played the instrument in over 30 Soundgarden shows and it was one of the guitars used to record Superunknown.
Producer Michael Beinhorn previously told Guitar World that Cornell used a Gretsch Duo Jet, a double-cutaway Gretsch Silver Jet and the Jazzmaster Guitar to record Superunknown. These guitars went on to bring classics such as “Black Hole Sun” and “Fell On Black Days” to life.
Now, the guitar could be yours, but you’ll have to reach deep into your pockets for it. The guitar is currently up for auction with a minimum bid of $125,000. The auction listing goes on to say that Cornell’s friend Chris Bond was given the guitar during Cornell’s divorce from wife Susan Silver.
The guitar comes with its original case, as well as a note from Bond and a letter of appraisal from Emerald City Guitars. Additionally, Gotta Have Rock and Roll have included certification of authenticity with the instrument.
At this time, Cornell’s guitar has no bids. However, given the rarity of this instrument, it could be like the auction we saw earlier this year with one of Kurt Cobain‘s guitars. The iconic acoustic guitar used during Nirvana‘s MTV Unplugged performance broke records when it was auctioned off for $6 million. It is now the most expensive guitar ever sold at auction.
For more information on Cornell’s guitar and to place a bid, head here.
A video of Chris Cornell playing the guitar during a Soundgarden concert is available to watch below.
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