Gibson announces limited edition of Chuck Berry’s favorite guitar



Instrument brand Gibson announced the release via its Gibson Custom Shop of the Limited Edition Chuck berry 1978 model ES-355 in wine red.

The rock’n’roll pioneer has always been accompanied on stage by his Gibson guitars, and the ES-355, his favorite, has now been meticulously designed for fans to experience. It is now available worldwide on

“Of all the guitars my dad played, the 1978 ES-355 was by far his benchmark,” says Berry’s son Charles Berry Jr. “The guitar traveled the world with my dad for over 36 years. His latest album Mandrel and the new live album Chuck Berry: Live from Blueberry Hill were recorded with the Gibson Wine Red ES-355.

The new album, recorded in the famous place and monument where Chuck played so many concerts, will be released on December 17th on CD and digitally by Dualtone. A vinyl edition will follow on April 15th. Watch the Tribute to Chuck starring and voiced by Charles Jr. and filmed instead of St. Louis, here.

“He’s a true road warrior and Gibson did a brilliant job creating this series of great big bodies,” says Charles Jr. “Like his original, these new ones resonate so much that you can actually feel them singing. He’s a real MONSTER! Tom Murphy’s mad scientists at the Murphy Lab have aged them wonderfully. Put on the captain’s hat, attach the conduit connector (if you dare), go up to 11 and rip!

Gibson Custom Shop has ensured that every aspect of the build and appointments in the model is historically correct. These include aged gold hardware, a Maestro Vibrola, Grover tuners, a Varitone switch, and a classic split diamond headstock inlay. The remarkable Wine Red finish features custom Murphy Lab aging for added authenticity.

In this limited edition, only 100 Chuck Berry ES-355 guitars from the 1970s will be handcrafted by Gibson luthiers and artisans. The maker went to great lengths to secure Chuck’s favorite and familiar captain’s hat, which he wore on and off stage. A replica of the hat is included in the custom case, along with the innovative finger holder, an electrical conduit strap, which allowed him to play his ES-355 above and behind his head.

Listen to music from uDiscover Chuck Berry Best Of playlist.


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