The secrets behind Nile Rodgers' tone on Chic's Le Freak

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Rock guitarists with open minds discovered that a lot of really cool, inventive electric guitar parts were predominant in disco hits during the '70s, including Ish Ledesma’s stanky talk box on Foxy’s Get Off, Jerome Smith’s half-speed, octave-up leads on KC and the Sunshine Band’s Get Down Tonight and Jeff Baxter’s razor-sharp solo on Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff. 

But the most classic and timeless guitar parts to come from that era were laid down by Nile Rodgers, whose driving rhythms propelled numerous hits by Chic and Sister Sledge like Good Times (which originated the seminal hip-hop sampled loop), We Are Family and the best-selling hit Le Freak.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.