Back to the Future’s iconic Johnny B. Goode scene almost featured a Fender Stratocaster instead of the Gibson ES-345

The Gibson ES-345 from Back To The Future was almost a Fender Stratocaster
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Norm Harris – the famed proprietor of legendary LA store Norman’s Rare Guitars – has been discussing his role in supplying the Gibson ES-345 used by Michael J. Fox in 1985’s Back To The Future – and says he initially recommended they use a Fender Stratocaster for the scene.

Fox’s star turn wielding the semi-acoustic in Back to the Future’s electrifying Johnny B. Goode performance is one of the most iconic guitar film moments ever made.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.