“I went for the lowest-priced one. My heart broke as I handed my jazz box over. However, as soon as I pulled that Strat down, sadness was replaced with joy”: Nile Rodgers on how he found The Hitmaker – and how the Fender Strat changed the world

Nile Rodgers with CHIC performs on stage at Fremantle Prison on October 27, 2023 in Perth, Australia
(Image credit: Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)

2024 marks the 70th anniversary of the iconic Fender Stratocaster, and to mark the momentous milestone, its maker has been celebrating with a string of celebratory releases.

These include vintage-inspired Player Stratocaster models, a forward-thinking American Professional II build and an ultra-futuristic Ultra Strat HSS, all of which pay tribute to an electric guitar that ushered in an evolution in guitar design.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.