Nile has a guitar he calls the hit maker that he's used on Chic, David Bowie, Madonna, etc records. It's a 59-60 hard tail strat. I read in a GP article that he uses some compression and some Peavey Classic 50's, which surprised me.
I don't know if this was mentioned or not, but despite his "clean Fender" kind of tone- I think I read in GP(years ago) that he always went "direct" (assuming with compression/reverb added from the board?)
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Guys, I've seen two peavey amps mentioned that didn't exist back in the 70's. I think Nile is not a gear nut and so probably plays whatever the rental company puts on the stage and sounds good. I think Nile Rodgers' sound can be gotten with any amp that is fairly clean. I think guitar wise 'strat-ish' will get it. he probably had a phaser back then and maybe something like a rat or distorition+ for a few tunes...
There isn't much of a point of gear hunting on someone who had his favorite guitar for recording but sounded pretty much the same with whatever he played....
Whenever I wanted to get a Niles sound, I would have the amp super-clean, use a Strat, select the neck pickup, get a completely dry sound and chop away. If I had a compressor pedal, I might have kicked it in, but what I had seemed to work.
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