Nita Strauss is the beauty who plays like a beast. Born December 7, 1986, in Los Angeles, CA, Nita has become a force to be reckoned with in the music. Her career has included performing with several rock ensembles such as the band Femme Fatale. Additionally, in 2014 she joined the band of shock rocker Alice Cooper. When she is not playing solo shows she continues to play shows with Alice Cooper and his band. One fun fact about Nita Strauss is that she comes from a long line of classical musicians, dating back to the Austrian composer Johann Strauss!
Nita was ranked #1 on the list of ’10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know’ by Guitar World. Her skill, stage presence and love for all things guitar have earned her a stellar reputation in the music industry. Ibanez Guitars, Marshall Amplification, DiMarzio pickups, Monster Energy all endorse Nita Strauss.
In 2018 Nita released her debut solo record Controlled Chaos! Nita produced the record herself and did most of the engineering. Additionally, playing all the guitar and bass on the record. That is what I would call a Jill of All Trades, which again brings her status as a beauty who plays like a beast.
Now let’s talk about her signature guitar, the JIVA10 from Ibanez. This guitar looks and sounds badass. Not to mention the fact that she was officially announced as the first ever female Ibanez signature artist. Now aesthetically this guitar 100% Nita Strauss. It’s based on the S series and features Nita’s own personal touches. Such as her signature Pandemonium pickups by DiMarzio and the special Beaten Path fingerboard inlay. I don’t know about you, but again only one word comes to mind on the inlays… Badass! The guitar’s finish was named by Nita as Deep Space Blonde, which is a gray burst on a natural Quilted Maple top. It has that whole black and blonde vibe which matches her look perfectly. Nita named the guitar JIVA, which translates to one’s soul. JIVA is a word found in Asian religions and one that resonates deeply with her as well.
Nita was also the official in-house guitarist for the LA KISS, an arena football team owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS. As if this list of accolades is not enough, Nita frequently does clinic tours across multiple continents. Her consistent touring schedule has allowed her to play in front of over a million audience members per year. This is a terrifying fact, because… stage fright… Additionally, Nita is extremely passionate about health and fitness and uses her wide social media reach to inspire and educate people about maintaining a healthy lifestyle while traveling on tour. It’s no wonder she has earned the nickname Hurricanita!
Playing with The Boys
Nita Strauss absolutely proves that playing guitar is not just for the boys! She has shared the stage with several amazing guitarists and has skills that are undeniable. If that wasn’t enough, she has a signature guitar that plays just as good as it looks. If you have yet to check out her debut album Controlled Chaos do yourself a favor and give it a listen. Lastly, if you are in the market for a new guitar go to AMS now and check out the JIVA10!
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