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A Lovingly Crafted Tribute to a Father of Rock and Roll

"If you were to try to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry." – John Lennon


Chuck Berry was a founding father of rock and roll. His stagecraft and musicianship laid the foundation for nearly every genre of rock and popular music. His playing, showmanship, and catalog of music helped launch many musicians’ careers, and countless sidemen shared the stage with him. So did his trusted Gibson guitars. This guitar was painstakingly crafted to replicate his beloved 1978 ES-355.


We proudly present to you the Chuck Berry 1970s ES-355.


To honor Chuck Berry’s legacy, we made sure every aspect of construction and appointments is historically correct, including aged gold hardware, a Maestro™ Vibrola™, Grover® tuners, a Varitone switch, and a classic Split Diamond headstock inlay. The Wine Red finish features Murphy Lab custom aging, giving it the look and feel of the original. Case candy includes a captain's hat, conduit bracket/finger holder (with instructions), and a certificate of authenticity. Only 100 guitars will be hand-made by the expert luthiers and craftspeople of the Gibson Custom Shop as part of this very special limited run.


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Chuck Berry 1970s ES-355 Specifications

Body

Body Shape
ES-355
Body Material
Plain Maple Laminate
Back
Plain Maple Laminate
Side
Plain Maple Laminate
Bracing
Red Spruce
Centerblock
Lightweight Maple
Binding
7-ply Top, 3-ply Back, 5-ply Headstock, Single ply Fretboard and F-Holes
Finish
Murphy Lab Aged

Neck

Material
3-piece Maple
Profile
Chuck Berry ES-335 Profile, Including Volute
Scale Length
24.75" / 628.65mm
Fingerboard Material
Ebony
Fingerboard Radius
12"
Number Of Frets
22
Frets
Reissue
Nut Material
Corian
Nut Width
1.69" / 42.85mm
End of Board Width
2.06" / 52.37mm
Inlays
Custom Inlays
Joint
Hide Glue Fit
Headstock inlay
Closed B & O Gibson logo, and Custom Split Diamond, both in Mother of Pearl

Hardware

Finish
Aged Gold
Tuner Plating
Aged Gold
Bridge
Tune-O-Matic
Tailpiece
Long Maestro Vibrola
Tuning Machines
Grover Keystone
Pickguard
Bound Tortoiseshell
TrussRod
Reissue No-Tube
Truss Rod Cover
Black, Engraved "Stereo"
Control Knobs
Black Witch Hats with Gold Inserts, Chicken Head Knob (Varitone)
Switch Tip
Cream
Switchwasher
Gold Varitone Plate
Strap Buttons
2 - Brass
Mounting Rings
Black
Pickup Covers
True Historic Aged Gold

Electronics

Neck Pickup
68 Custombucker Alnico 5
Bridge Pickup
68 Custombucker Alnico 5
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone, 500K CTS Audio Taper Potentiometers, Ceramic Capacitors, 6-Position Mono Varitone
Pickup Selector
3-Way Switchcraft
Output Jack
1/4" Switchcraft

Miscellaneous

Strings Gauge
.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
Case
Custom 1970s-style ES-335 Case with Red Lining
Accessories
Captain's Hat, Conduit Bracket/Finger Holder (with instructions), Certificate of Authenticity

In order to continually improve the design, quality and performance of our products and instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Gibson reserves the right to change specifications without notice.