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Chris Cornell’s “Superunknown” 1966 Fender Jazzmaster goes up for sale

Chris Cornell 1966 “Superunknown” Fender Jazzmaster
(Image credit: Gotta Have Rock and Roll)

Chris Cornell may not be synonymous with the Fender Jazzmaster, but the classic offset played a pivotal role in the creation of Soundgarden’s iconic Superunknown album – and now that very guitar is up for sale.

Listed by Gotta Have Rock and Roll auctions, the well-worn Candy Apple Red 1966 Jazzmaster not only appears on the album, but was also used for live performances during 1993 and 1994, where it was tuned to EEBBBB to perform My Wave and The Day I Tried to Live.

Chris Cornell 1966 “Superunknown” Fender Jazzmaster

(Image credit: Gotta Have Rock and Roll)

According to producer Michael Beinhorn, Cornell played just three guitars on Superunknown: a Gretsch Duo Jet, double-cutaway Gretsch Silver Jet and a Fender Jazzmaster, which he used on single Fell on Black Days.

“It was one of the best-sounding Jazzmasters I’ve ever used in my life,” Beinhorn told Music Tech.

The guitar was lost in Cornell’s divorce to first wife Susan Silver, and subsequently ended up with his childhood friend, Chris Bond, who supplies a letter of provenance with the sale.

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Chris Cornell 1966 “Superunknown” Fender Jazzmaster

(Image credit: Gotta Have Rock and Roll)
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Chris Cornell 1966 “Superunknown” Fender Jazzmaster

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According to Gotta Have Rock and Roll, the Jazzmaster’s serial number 114706 matches the court documents from the couple’s divorce.

The guitar is listed with a starting bid of $125,000, and expected to sell for $175,000-$250,000.

For more information on the auction, which begins on November 25, head over to Gotta Have Rock and Roll.

The same auction is also playing host to Eric Clapton’s 1954 non-tremolo Fender Stratocaster, which has been listed for a cool one million.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Digital Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World, having spent nine storied years contributing to guitar journalism and a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). He has written and edited for MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, and makes prog-ish instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.