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Disco often gets a raw deal when it comes to critical acclaim. Yet just one listen to the powerhouse trio behind Chic – drummer Tony Thompson, bassist Bernard Edwards and guitarist/producer/leader Nile Rodgers – screams talent. In particular, Rodgers' rhythm playing is light and fresh as snow.
Rodgers calls his main Stratocaster 'The Hitmaker'. It's a’59/’60-era hard-tail you’ll have heard on hit albums he’s produced for Madonna, Bowie, Diana Ross, Sister Sledge, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Duran Duran, and of course, Chic.
“The Harry Fox Agency [for songwriters] once figured out that something like two billion dollars worth of music has flowed through this one Stratocaster,” Rodgers smiles.
The artists he’s helped probably consider it a bargain.