- Year: 2007
- Manufacturer: Fender® Masterbuilt
- Model: Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster® Custom
- Case: Original Hard
- Color: Sunburst
- Condition: Near Mint
- Description: 2007 Limited Edition Fender® Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster® Custom Sunburst in Near Mint condition made by Fender® Masterbuilder Todd Krause s/nTK408. Includes Orignal Flight case, COA, Strap & Goodie Bag. Does Not include Book, DVD or CD. Additonal Photos available.
Andy Summers was just out of college in Southern California in the early 1970s when one of his guitar students offered to sell him a beat-up 1961 Fender Telecaster that had obviously been modified by a previous owner.
Summers had already had some modest music business success in the late ’60s Britain. Lately though, he’d stuck mainly to his classical guitar studies, and hadn’t played an electric in quite a while. Strangely, however, something about this particular Telecaster grabbed him. As he put it himself in his 2006 memoir, One Train Later:
“When I start to play it, something stirs within me … it shakes me … I find that I can’t stop playing it; this guitar sparks something in me and I have to have it. “
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I am interested in picking up one of these beauties and hoped that the kind people here might be able to answer a few questions
I know that there was a limited run of these guitars.
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Countless rock songs have made use of its heavy tone and ringing sustain, and its huge sound when combined with a stack of Marshall Amps is an enduring and iconic image of the genre. First introduced in 1952, there have been some changes to its design over the years, mainly in regard to the pick-ups and bridge, as well as numerous variations on the overall theme, but the standard Gibson Les Paul model sold today is still essentially the same as that of five decades ago.
Far from a young punk-rocker stepping directly into the limelight with his first band, Summers’ back story reveals an extremely dedicated musician who parlayed years of classical and jazz guitar studies infused with blues, rock, and soul into recordings and roadwork with major U.K. acts Zoot Money’s Big Band, the Animals, Kevin Coyne, and the Soft Machine, and accomplished all of this over a decade before joining Sting and Stewart Copeland to cement what would become perhaps the world’s most popular musical group since the Beatles.
The Police—Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings collects every recording issued by the band up until their implosion in 1986. By the time the Police would reunite in 2007, Summers had contributed to the scores of ten films (2010, Down & Out in Beverly Hills, Weekend at Bernie’s, and Mississippi Masala among them), released a whopping 15 solo albums that run the gamut from moody and esoteric world fusion to a collection of Thelonious Monk tunes (including XYZ , Mysterious Barricades , The Golden Wire , Synathestesia , The Last Dance of Mr. X , Green Chimneys , Earth & Sky , plus I Advance Masked  and Bewitched , both recorded with Robert Fripp before the Police officially broke up), guested on an additional ten projects, toured internationally, and dueted in 2005 with classical guitarist Ben Verdery (First You Build a Cloud). Post-Police and reunion releases include several best-of compilations, Live (1995), and 2008’s Certifiable: Live in Buenos Aires. Summers is also an avid photographer who exhibits his work around the world, as well as an accomplished author. His books include Throb (1983),
Summers’ career took off in 1977 when the guitarist was asked to join a somewhat eclectic punk trio featuring bassist Sting, drummer Stewart Copeland, and guitarist Henry Padovani. Almost immediately, Padovani left the band, and the Police in its most recent incarnation was born.
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I don’t really see the problem with these collectors guitars – after all no serious player is going to buy one and use it as a gigging guitar (well maybe). Something like this is eventualy just going to adorn the wall of a rich but true fan. Is it objectionable to buy gold and platinum disks from a band you love? Signed photos? Why (if you are an exec of a merchant bank) not a mock up of their guitar?
Of course, if it were me, and I played in a Police covers band, I would get a CV 60s Squier, put a humbucker in it and give my 3 year old son free reign with a chisel to do the relicing.
So, with the different pickups, phase and pre-amp – one can get lots of different colors out of this guitar. Other than the pre-amp gain on “10” I really have not found a bad sound on the piece. My only complaint about the guitar is sort of the nature of the beast…the body binding is a hard edge that hurts your right forearm if you rest it there for a long time. That is a problem with a lot of Tele’s like this though, and most players just tough it out or adjust their playing style a little higher to be more comfy. I could do a Jeff Beck and contour the top like a Strat, but not on this guitar.
It looks good – nice patina, nice sunburst colors and a REALLY convincing relic job.
It plays good – feels like a vintage, broken in Tele with a more playable bridge.
It sounds good – pickups are great, lots of different sound combinations, built in preamp for overdrive.
I use to lay in bed at age 14 at night with my Sony Walkman – I’ll bet I listen to The Ghost in the Machine album 500 times that year! I really like this guitar, it feels nostalgic, and feels right….so I guess it’s a keeper. I know not everyone likes the Relic thing, and this Tele is far from traditional with its modifications. But I’ve got to tell you it has a mojo unlike any other “new” guitar I’ve ever owned….and I’ve owned some nice guitars. Enjoy ~