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Nile Rodgers - Getting that sound

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Le Jab, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. Le Jab

    Le Jab Tele-Meister

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    Nov 28, 2003
    London England
    Does anyone know how Nile Rodgers set up his rig for live work?
     


  2. dig it...

    I remember him playing a musicman solid body, but I know he played strats too.


    A great article to read right here

    I think amp wise, it sounds like fender clean all the way...

    He also played Tokai strat copies and everything I've ever heard him play sounds like front pickup all the way...

    I think a strat into a deluxe would get you there.
     
  3. Le Jab

    Le Jab Tele-Meister

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    Nov 28, 2003
    London England
    .....thats, cool tks Getbent..... any idea on pedals - is there some phase/chorus/compression going on?
     
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  5. 2much

    2much TDPRI Member

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    Jan 3, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    RE:Nile Rodgers

    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.
     
  6. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

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    Mar 5, 2009
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    Cool video, Randy.

    Those Les Paul knobs actually look kinda cool on his Strat. I wouldn't have liked it on paper, but it doesn't look bad.

    Scott
     
  7. Le Jab

    Le Jab Tele-Meister

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    Nov 28, 2003
    London England
    ...just been reading that Nile has just been given the all clear on prostate cancer. Wish him all the best.
     
  8. TucsonTele

    TucsonTele Tele-Meister

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    Dec 2, 2010
    in the moment
    Always loved his funky method. Not a bad producer either.
     
  9. Breen

    Breen Friend of Leo's

    Mar 4, 2009
    Singapore
    thank you gb, Nile playing my favorite Chic song. Great lesson!
     
  10. Suicideking

    Suicideking Friend of Leo's

    Nov 28, 2010
    Palm Bay FL
    I definetly hear compression on that video thats for sure..
     
  11. WaylonFan76

    WaylonFan76 Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 22, 2008
    South Lousiana
    Man, his demo of Good Times had me grinning from ear to ear... Thx.
     
  12. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

    Mar 29, 2007
    Manassas Park, VA
    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?)
     
  13. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

    Mar 29, 2007
    Manassas Park, VA
    He is the "rhythm guitar glue" too, in the great Vaughan Brothers "Family Style" album
     
  14. Thighbanez

    Thighbanez Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 5, 2010
    delMARva
    Awesome information. I had no idea he was the guitarist on all those old songs my mom always played when I was growing up!

    I will have to spend some time learning his work!

    Thank you for posting this info!!

    =D
     
  15. nic'o'caster

    nic'o'caster Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 10, 2004
    Middle Earth
    Every time I've seen him (within the 3 last years), he was playing a Peavey Delta Blues (15' speaker).
    You can have a short glimpse of it on this video, at 3:41 :



    If you listen to a song like 'Hangin', it sounds pretty evident he recorded the guitar direct in the console (with a good preamp - like a Neve one !)

     
  16. 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....
     
  17. e-merlin

    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 13, 2004
    Garden City, KS
    Nice thread. Love Nile's work. Can't play it to save my soul.
     
  18. CC Ryan

    CC Ryan Tele-Meister

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    Mar 26, 2009
    Topanga, CA
    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.
     
  19. CC Ryan

    CC Ryan Tele-Meister

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    Mar 26, 2009
    Topanga, CA
    Oh, and very happy to hear about his all-clear. May he continue to make great records and guitar tracks.
     
  20. Sleph

    Sleph Friend of Leo's

    Dec 30, 2006
    Australia
    Love Nile...

    Thanks for posting that clip GB!
     

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  21. whoa! cool pic! and with Jackson browne and Miami Steve! That must have been a cool gig!
     
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