THE STRATOCASTER GUITAR SOUND

The design of the Fender Stratocaster guitar (released in 1954) produces a recognizable sound, often used in funk and disco. The thin and glassy sound is predestined for rhythmic accompaniment and is also strongly connected with individual playing techniques. It can be heard on many tracks of Nile Rogers (e.g. Le Freak by Chic; 1979).

SOUNDSAMPLES

Early Examples

1966Jimi HendrixHey Joe
1970Eric ClaptonLayla

The Disco Era

1982George BensonTurn Your Love Around
1982Michael JachsonBillie Jean
1983Marvin GayeSexual Healing
1985The CommmodoresNightshift
1985Teena MarieLoverboy
1985MadonnaLike A Virgin
1985Dire StraitsMoney For Nothing
1986Whitney HoustonHow Will I Know
1986MadonnaLive To Tell
1986MadonnaLike A Prayer
1987Whitney HoustonI Wanna Dance With Somebody
1987Duran DuranNotorious
1989Bobby BrownOn Our Own

The 1990's

1991Jane ChildDon't Wanna Fall In Love
1991Mariah CareySomeday

Today

2013Daft PunkGet Lucky

INTERVIEWS

"Just a classic sound"

– Luk Zimmermann

NILE RODGER'S SOUND PHILOSOPHY

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