* In Store – Fender Nile Rodgers Hitmaker Stratocaster, Maple Fingerboard, Olympic White, USA – New

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Fender Nile Rodgers Hitmaker Stratocaster, Maple Fingerboard,

Olympic White, USA – New

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Tony Elder / Steve Jackson
Black Dot Music
Est 1985

 

INTRODUCING THE NILE RODGERS ‘HITMAKER’ STRATOCASTER

NILE RODGERS ‘HITMAKER’ STRATOCASTER®

Having written, produced, and performed on recordings that have sold more than 500-million albums globally, Nile Rodgers always had his beloved 1960 Stratocaster along for the ride. Affectionately dubbed the ‘Hitmaker,’ this guitar features unique modifications and an unmatched pedigree that helped create decades of legends.

FEATURES

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CUSTOM ’59 “C”-SHAPED NECK

With vintage-inspired feel and tone, this maple neck offers snap and excellent playability when paired with a warm 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard.

 

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CUSTOM SINGLE-COIL PICKUPS

Voiced to accurately replicate the quack, chime and bell-like clarity of the original Hitmaker, these pickups will channel Nile’s unmistakable tone.

 

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LACQUER OLYMPIC WHITE FINISH

A beautiful finish exactly matches the one Nile sprayed on the guitar himself after he acquired it in the early days of Chic.

 

DECADES OF HITS

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Over the past 40-plus years Nile Rodgers has penned, played and produced a vast wealth of hit songs, starting with “Le Freak” and “Good Times,” the era-defining late-’70s smashes by the band he co-founded, disco powerhouse CHIC.

Innumerable session, writing, production, arranging and film music credits commenced in the 1980s and continue today, with Rodgers making essential contributions to work by David Bowie (Let’s Dance, 1983), Diana Ross (Diana, 1980), Debbie Harry (Koo Koo, 1981), Madonna (Like a Virgin, 1984), Mick Jagger (She’s the Boss, 1985), Al Jarreau (L is For Lover, 1986), Steve Winwood (Back in the High Life, 1986), B-52’s (Cosmic Thing, 1989), Michael Jackson (“Money,” 1995) and many others.

More recently, Rodgers and the Hitmaker contributed to 2013 blockbuster albums True by Avicii and Random Access Memories by Daft Punk, including the latter’s Grammy-winning smash, “Get Lucky.”

It’s a challenge to keep up with just how many songs he’s impacted by now, but what is known is most of the songs in his vast catalog were created with the help of the “Hitmaker,” a unique 1960 Stratocaster with a 1959 neck that Rodgers fortuitously happened upon in a Miami Beach, Fla., in 1973.

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“I didn’t really think of myself as a hitmaker, but I think of my guitar as having the sound to give any track that I play on a better than even shot of being a hit,” Rodgers said.

 

THE EARLY YEARS

Rodgers grew up in New York (the Bronx, Alphabet City, Greenwich Village) with jazz records permeating the walls.

He also had an interest in classical music and became a proficient flute and clarinet player in the school orchestra before he finally decided to pick up the guitar in earnest as a teenager and teach himself how to play through a Beatles songbook.

By the time he was 19, Rodgers was working as a session guitarist and had scored a gig with the Sesame Street touring band. But it was joining the house band at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater that truly elevated his game.

There, Rodgers encountered the world’s biggest R&B artists — Aretha Franklin, Betty Wright, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Maxine Brown, Ben E. King and many others. It was there where he also met bassist Bernard Edwards, with whom he would form Chic in the mid-1970s.

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RISE OF THE HITMAKER

Not only did Rodgers and Edwards change the game with CHIC, they also became the hottest producing team after bringing Sister Sledge’s 1978 album, We Are Family, to the top of the charts.

Of course, we all know now that Rodgers and his Hitmaker have never stopped since.

To pay homage to Rodgers’ indelible contributions to musical history — and the exciting projects he undoubtedly has coming in the future — Fender is releasing a faithful recreation of the Hitmaker.

Featuring a lacquer Olympic White finish that accurately mimics the color he sprayed on it himself in a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Its custom ’59-profile one-piece maple neck boasts a 9.5” radius fingerboard, medium jumbo frets and satin finish, while Nile Rodgers Hitmaker single-coil Strat pickups are voiced to accurately replicate the quack, chime and bell-like clarity of the original instrument.

For an artist who has a top billing amongst the influencers of modern music, this guitar is the only one to recreate his signature sound.

“Everybody who’s playing a Strat, their Strats have a certain vibe,” he said. “My Strat plays … I don’t know how to explain it. I’ve bought more than 200 of these things trying to find one, and the only way I could find another one is Fender had to make it.”

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NILE RODGERS ‘HITMAKER’ STRATOCASTER


Nile Rodgers Hitmaker Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Olympic White
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NILE RODGERS STRAT MN OWT
Deluxe Limited-Edition Hardshell with Embroidered Hitmaker Logo

$4,999.00

Description

Nile Rodgers has written, produced, and performed on recordings that have sold more than 500-million albums globally. Every hit record he’s produced has shared one essential element: the used 1960 Fender hardtail Stratocaster® Nile bought in a Miami music shop. Rarely is a single guitar so inseparably identified with its owner as The Hitmaker.

The Hitmaker features a 1960 alder body that is uniquely smaller and more contoured than a typical vintage Strat. 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 custom ’59-profile one-piece maple neck has a 9.5” radius fingerboard, medium jumbo frets and a satin finish. A “Nile Rodgers & Chic” logo adorns the back of the headstock and a custom Hitmaker logo is stamped into the neck plate.

The Nile Rodgers Hitmaker single-coil Strat pickups are voiced to accurately replicate the quack, chime and bell-like clarity of the original Hitmaker. Other features include a hard-tail string-through bridge with period-correct bent-steel saddles, an eye-catching mirrored chrome-plated brass pickguard, locking Sperzel® tuners and a set of white speed knobs. The guitar also comes with a vintage-style case with Hitmaker-embroidered interior and a custom certificate of authenticity.

Product Specs

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General

Series
Artist Signature
Orientation
Right-Hand
Color
Olympic White
Country Of Origin
US
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Neck

Headstock
Stratocaster®
Neck Material
Maple
Neck Finish
Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish with Gloss Headstock Face
Neck Shape
1959 “C”
Neck Construction
4-Bolt Standard
Fingerboard Radius
9.5″ (241 mm)
Fingerboard Material
Maple
Position Inlays
Black Dot
Side Dots
Black
Number of Frets
21
Truss Rod
Vintage-Style Butt Adjust
Truss Rod Nut
Vintage-Style Butt Adjust
String Nut
Bone
Nut Width
1.625″ (41.3 mm)
Nut Material
Bone
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Body

Body
Alder
Body Finish
Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Shape
Stratocaster®
Body Material
Alder
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Hardware

Bridge
6-Saddle Strings-Through-Body Strat® Hardtail with Bent Steel Saddles
Pickguard
11-hole Chrome Plated Brass
Pickup Covers
White
Control Knobs
White Speed
Switch Tip
White
Hardware Finish
Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines
Sperzel® Locking
String Trees
Dual-Wing with Metal Spacers
Strings
Fender® USA 250L Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges), PN 0730250403
Neck Plate
4-Bolt Serialized with Custom Hitmaker Logo
Strap Buttons
Vintage-Style
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Electronics

Bridge Pickup
Hitmaker Nile Rogers Strat®
Middle Pickup
Hitmaker Nile Rogers RWRP Strat®
Neck Pickup
Hitmaker Nile Rogers Strat®
Pickup Configuration
SSS
Controls
Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)
Switching
5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Potentiometers
CTS 250K
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Miscellaneous

Commodity Code
9207901000
Style
3 Single-Coil
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Accessories

Included Accessories
Deluxe Hardshell Case and Certificate of Authenticity.
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Measurements

Dimensions
15.75×43.69×110.49 CM
Shipping Weight
9.22 KG
Fret Size
Medium Jumbo
Scale Length
25.5″ (648 mm)
Shipping Length
110.49 CM
Shipping Height
15.75 CM
Shipping Width
43.69 CM

 

Additional information

Weight 20 kg
Dimensions 110 × 35 × 15 cm

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