“The direction I was given was, ‘We want to encompass the history of the guitar’”: The guitarist behind Back to the Future’s Johnny B. Goode scene says he used a Strat copy with a Floyd Rose

The Gibson ES-345 and Valley Arts Strat guitars used in Back To The Future's Johnny B. Goode scene
(Image credit: Universal Pictures / Getty / Vertex Effects / YouTube)

The studio pro who played guitar for Back to the Future’s iconic Johnny B. Goode scene has revealed he used a Strat copy for the sessions.

Vertex Effects founder Mason Marangella has developed a fine sideline in chatting to session guitar legends over on his YouTube channel. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

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