After a half-century of shaping pop music, Nile Rodgers is being honoured with his own Fender Signature model -- a tribute to The Hitmaker, the guitar he used to craft some of the best-selling, most-beloved records of all time. The guitar is out and available for fans to purchase today. This is what Fender has to say about it...
Nile's white 1960 Stratocaster is, without exaggeration, one of the most-heard instruments in the history of modern music. Nile's used this one guitar almost exclusively over his 50 years as a pop music legend. If there's any guitar that deserves a Signature Model, it's The Hitmaker. Nile's used this one, faithful Stratocaster to make Madonna's "Like a Virgin," Sister Sledge's "We Are Family," & Chic's "Good Times." The guitar is baked into the DNA of Hip-Hop, heard on foundational records like Rapper's Delight and classics like Mo' Money Mo' Problems. Nile's label once calculated that $2 billion dollars worth of recorded music had been created using The Hitmaker. Fender's goal with this signature model is to recognize the man himself while letting fans get as close as possible to his same iconic sound.
Fender is honored to have worked with NIle to bring the sound and feel of his legendary guitar to players everywhere. The Hitmaker features a 1960 alder body that is uniquely smaller and more contoured than a typical vintage Strat® guitar. The beautiful Olympic White lacquer matches the finish Nile sprayed on the guitar himself just after he acquired it in the early days of Chic. The Nile Rodgers Hitmaker single-coil Strat® pickups are voiced to accurately replicate the quack, chime and bell-like clarity of the original Hitmaker.
Pricing and Availability:
$2,599.99 / £2,499.00 / €2,899.00
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