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Marty McFly’s 'Back to the Future' Gibson ES-345 Was Actually from the Future

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Marty McFly’s 'Back to the Future' Gibson ES-345 Was Actually from the Future

If you have seen the 1985 film Back To The Future, you do know that Marty McFly, who was portrayed by Michael J. Fox, fills in for playing the guitar at the High School dance. We know that he blows away the minds of all the fifties-kids with his enthralling on-stage performance and his 'futuristic' power chords technique.

I guess you guys aren’t ready for that yet, he tells the bewildered crowd. But your kids are gonna love it.

Something that wasn't  "true" about the scene, however, is the guitar McFly is using. He is, in fact, playing a Gibson ES-345, which wouldn't be introduced until 1958. The scene is set in 1955. Apparently, on his way back to '55, McFly must've made a pit stop in '58 to pick up the guitar.

You can see the guitar in a page from Gibson's 1958 catalog in the photo. The biggest difference is Marty’s guitar was retrofitted with a Bigsby.

McFly was emulating Chuck Berry and playing his "Johnny B. Goode” number before it was even released, thus insinuating that Berry got the idea for the song from McFly. Hey, anything's possible with a time machine!

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