Nile Rodgers has written, produced, and performed on recordings that have sold more than 500-million albums globally. Every hit record he‚Äôs produced has shared one essential element: the used 1960 Fender hardtail Stratocaster¬Æ 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 ‚Äô59-profile one-piece maple neck has a 9.5‚Äù radius fingerboard, medium jumbo frets and a satin finish. A ‚ÄúNile Rodgers & Chic‚Äù 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¬Æ 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.
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish with Gloss Headstock Face
Neck Shape: 1959 "C"
Neck Construction: 4-Bolt Standard
Fingerboard Radius9.5" (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
Body Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Shape: Stratocaster¬Æ
Body Material: Alder
Bridge: 6-Saddle Strings-Through-Body Strat¬Æ 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¬Æ Locking
String Trees: Dual-Wing with Metal Spacers
Strings: Fender¬Æ USA 250L Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges), PN 0730250403
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Serialized with Custom Hitmaker Logo
Strap Buttons: Vintage-Style
Bridge Pickup: Hitmaker Nile Rogers Strat¬Æ
Middle Pickup: Hitmaker Nile Rogers RWRP Strat¬Æ
Neck Pickup: Hitmaker Nile Rogers Strat¬Æ
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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