A Chuck Berry-signed and played 1967 Gibson ES-345 is headed for auction

A Chuck Berry ES-345 is going up for auction
(Image credit: Gotta Have Rock and Roll)

Hot on the heels of Eric Clapton’s 1954 Sunburst Fender Strat hitting the block for $1,000,000, auction house Gotta Have Rock and Roll has announced another historic electric guitar for sale: Chuck Berry’s owned and heavily-played 1967 Gibson ES-345.

The Cherry Red instrument, serial Number 000037, comes out of Berry’s personal collection, and was used by the legendary guitarist for a private performance in Seattle on April 13, 2002.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.