Find of the Week: Chris Cornell's Gretsch Tennessean

Found in the listing pages of Reverb this week is this particularly special 1979 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, previously owned by the late Soundgarden and Audioslave musician Chris Cornell.

Cornell used this guitar heavily for as long as he had it, both for studio sessions and on stage. You can even see it in action in Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" music video.

Chris Cornell of Soundgarden Owned & Toured Gretsch Tennessean

The guitar looks to be all-original, featuring a laminated rock maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard married to a laminated maple hollowbody. It's outfitted with dual adjustable pickups, each with its own volume control, as well as tone selector and pickup selector switches and a master volume control. Its bridge is adjustable and it features chrome-plated metal parts and a Bixby vibrato tailpiece.

For being a late-'70s model so heavily used, this famously owned Tennessean is in excellent condition. What undoubtedly helps is that, according to the listing, this particular guitar was Cornell's favorite that he often kept at home.

The guitar's serial number is 29279 and has been "fully documented by the superior court of Washington for King County and is unequivocally by law confirmed to be Cornells." These documents, along with a Certificate of Authenticity, will be included with the sale. Be sure to check out the full listing for details.

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