The Fender Telecaster is a solid-body electric guitar that was created by Leo Fender in Fullerton, California, in the 1940s. This famous guitar is known for its revolutionary sound which was trend-setting in electric guitar manufacture and popular music. The Telecaster has been instrumental in the evolution of various forms of music including country, electric blues, rock and roll and others, on account of its solid construction, coupled with long sustenance among other factors. Signature Telecaster players include Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page and Andy Summers, amongst others. The Fender Telecaster guitar was initially introduced for national distribution as the Broadcaster, in 1950. The guitar also enjoys the credit of being the first guitar of its kinds to be produced on such a massive scale. The Fender Telecaster has been in production since then, in some form or the other, making it the world’s senior solid-body electric guitar. The present range of Fender Telecaster guitars includes Artist, Classic, Deluxe, Highway One, Special Edition, Standard, Time Machine, Vintage Hot Rod and Custom Shop Limited Edition, among others. The American Vintage Telecaster range includes models like American Vintage ’52 Telecaster, American Vintage ’52 Telecaster Left Handed and American Vintage ’62 Telecaster Custom. The Telecaster is well-known for its bright, cutting tone that can be attributed to the guitar’s sound centers on the bridge pickup that is wound more than the neck pickup. This enables the guitar to generate a higher sound output.
Fender is proud to unveil a special 250-instrument Limited Edition run of the Fender Custom Shop Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster as part of the Fender Custom Shop’s legendary Tribute Series. It’s a note-perfect replica of the 1961 Tele® that Summers used
Fender is proud to unveil a special 250-instrument Limited Edition run of the Fender Custom Shop Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster as part of the Fender Custom Shop’s legendary Tribute Series. It’s a note-perfect replica of the 1961 Tele® that Summers used to help propel the Police to untold heights of worldwide pop superstardom.
Hit after hit was recorded and performed on it – ‘Roxanne,’ ‘So Lonely,’ ‘Walking On the Moon,’ the breathtaking ‘Message In a Bottle,’ ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me,’ ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,’ ‘Every Breath You Take,’ ‘Wrapped Around Your Finger,’ ‘Synchronicity II’ and ‘King of Pain.’
When talking about the guitar, Andy once said, “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.”
The prototype, built by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Dennis Galuszka over the course of a year, is currently in use with Andy now.
“It’s a fire-breather,” Galuszka said. “It’s mighty. Andy really, really loves it.”
So much so, in fact, that Summers played number one of the 250 replicas when the Police once again electrified the music world by reuniting on Feb. 11, 2007 to open the 49th annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Even more exciting, Summers will play the replica during the momentous 2007 30th anniversary worldwide Police reunion tour, one of the most hoped-for and eagerly awaited events in pop music history. It promises to be a thrilling musical event featuring one of rock’s most innovative guitarists playing a spot-on replica of one rock’s most distinctive guitars.
Summers bought the original guitar for 0, in the early 1970s when one of his guitar students offered to sell him the beat-up 1961 Fender Telecaster® that had obviously been modified by a previous owner.
The guitar features the same ‘eccentric’ modifications that the original had when Summers first bought it, most of which were unchanged throughout the nonstop work and excitement of the Police years
* Ferocious humbucking neck pickup.
* Bridge pickup mounted in the body rather than in the broken brass (not chrome) bridge plate.
* Control plate-mounted mini-toggle phase switch.
* Body-mounted preamp on/off mini-toggle switch (the original preamp “died,” Galuszka said; the Custom Shop has recreated the Police-era preamp).
* Rear-mounted overdrive unit controlled by a third knob below the two traditional Telecaster volume and tone controls.
* “Soft” brass bridge pieces.
* Schaller® tuners.
The alder-body, maple-neck guitar also features an immaculately recreated highly worn finish, with extensive chips, scratches, dings and nicks identical to the original, and, as Galuszka noted with a grin, ‘Getting lacquer to crack is no small feat.’
Pick it up, and it’ll take you back. The unforgettable slashing staccato opening chords of ‘Roxanne’ (back pickup, no distortion); the off-the-wall solo in ‘So Lonely’ (out-of-phase position, plus overdrive), the space jam of ‘The Bed’s Too Big Without You’ (front pickup plus Echoplex), and so much more.
The Fender Custom Shop Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster® guitar will begin shipping to Fender Custom Division Showcase Dealers throughout the world in the third quarter of 2007.
Who’s would you have one of? Now I’m talkin about looks here. There are soooo many famous Tele players of whom I’d love to have a recreation of their guitar. I would just love to have a Jimmy Page Dragon. A Roy Buchanan Tele would be killer. I’d love to have a copy as well of Prince’s Hofner (or whatever it is) or even Bruce Springsteen’s.
However, the number one and two Telecasters that I would love to have would have to be the mid 60’s (1964?) Telecasters that Fender gave to Don Rich and Buck Owens. Oh My God man!! I think about those two guitars all of the time. The Gold Sparkle one and the Silver Sparkle on are the one’s I’m talking about. I had dreams about those guitars last night.
The frets are vintage flatter frets that are easy to play chords on…like any vintage Telecaster, it is not very forgiving when making fret bends or lead work. Every nuance of your playing is picked up through the pickups. Speaking of which…I personally think that this is where this guitar really shines. The bridge pickup reads about 7.2k output, however it is mounted into the body of the guitar, not the bridge. This does change the tone a little of Tele pickups doing this – its an old Tele trick mounting the pickup this way (The only other current Fender that has this feature is the G.E. Smith Tele). The bridge plate is heavy solid brass, with individual heavy brass saddles. There is a crack on the bridge plate just like the original, and you can pluck it with your finger and it goes “boing”. The bridge also changes the color of the tone, you won’t get the typical Tele twang out of this bridge, it has a smoother attack and a little more sustain than the ashtray bridge as well. The bridge does have another very useful feature – it is flat with no “ashtray” side walls that sometime gets in the way on the older Teles. Also there are no sharp saddle height screws to cut in to your muting hand like an original.
Even if you don‘t take this fact into consideration, both of these guitars are also among the world’s best selling guitars and have of course left their mark on the history of Rock: the Stratocaster: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Ritchie Blackmore, Dick Dale, Mark Knopfler, Yngwie Malmsteen, Rory Gallagher, Eric Johnson… and the Telecaster? It’s Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Buckley, Johnny Greenwood, Joe Strummer, Andy Summers, Muddy Waters or even Steve Cropper…
So of course, when you put your hands on one of these beauties, a whole world of sound comes pouring out of them …. This was definitely the case with last century’s Strats and Teles and,…. it’s still the case with these New American Standards.
Fender Custom Shop did a good job. Limited Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster is built well, the finish feels just right, the hardware is solid. While playing for a longer periods of time you can expect Limited Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster to stay in tune and you will be pleased while playing, because the neck is extremely comfortable. You might find that over time metal parts will oxidize a bit, but that’s normal and nothing to worry about. Fender Custom Shop did a really good job with Limited Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster guitar.
Playing live, Limited Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster will perform well and will not let you down. It is fairly reliable instrument both in studio and on stage, and will be a long term companion, as it is built to last. Fender Custom Shop has made a solid instrument that you will be happy with, and can depend on right from the start. Needs no backup as it has proven to be built really well.
The Strat that Phil did for me had the following specs:
Heritage Maple stained Alder body
Bird’s eye maple neck with slab rosewood fret board (Clapton style neck shape).
Fender Locking tuning keys
Fender Texas Special Pick ups
Tortoiseshell pick guard
Aged Fender plastic parts
Medium Jumbo fret
Mother of Perl dot inlay
Fender vintage bridge
He’s the best luthier I know. His knowledge and attention to detail is awesome. He also uses a Plek Machine (not sure about the spelling). For those who don’t know it’s a tool that measures and records the dimensions of your neck.
- Manufacturer: Fender®
- Model: Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster® Built by Todd Krause
- Case: Original Hard
- Color: Sunburst
- Condition: Mint
- Description: BODY:
– Lightweight Ash
– Thin nitrocellulose lacquer
– Heavy Relic® finish matching Andy’s wear marks
– White binding on top and back
– Quarter-sawn maple
– Finish removed from back
– ’65 “C” shape
– Round lam rosewood fretboard
– 9.5″ radius, 21 frets 6105
– Black Dot position inlays with Wide Dot spacing
– Strings-Thru-Body 6-Saddle Brass Bridge with Crack in the Pickup Mounting Hole
– Hardware: Vintage
PICKGUARD: 3-ply mint green
– 5-way switch
– Custom Shop 1969 pickups
– Humbucking neck pickup
– Bridge pickup mounted in the body
– Control plate-mounted mini-toggle phase switch
– Body-mounted preamp On/off mini-toggle switch
– Top Hat switch tip
– Rear-mounted overdrive unit
– Volume and tone controls
“Soft” brass bridge pieces
Rectangular jack plate
Custom Shop limited edition decal
GUITAR IN PERFECT, PRISTINE CONDITION!!!!!!!!
UNPLAYED LIKE NEW !!
This guitar was built by Fender® Custom Shop Senior Master Builder Todd Krause. Calling Krause the “Builder to the Stars” would be a vast understatement. He maintains and builds guitars for Fender® signature artists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Stu Hamm and Roscoe Beck. Further, he has built custom instruments for Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters and Gene Simmons, to name only a few.
Summers’ professional career began in the mid-1960s in London as the guitarist for the British rhythm and blues band Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band, which eventually came under the influence of the spreading psychedelic scene and morphed into the acid rock group Dantalian’s Chariot. After the demise of Dantalion’s Chariot, Summers joined The Soft Machine for a period of six months and toured the United States. For a brief time in 1968, he was a member of The Animals, then known as Eric Burdon and the Animals, with whom he recorded one album, Love Is. The album features a recording of Traffic’s “Coloured Rain”, which includes a guitar solo by Summers that runs a full 4 minutes and 15 seconds. The LP also included a reworked version of Dantalion’s Chariot’s sole single “Madman Running Through The Fields”.
After a period of five years in Los Angeles, mostly spent at California State University Northridge in the Los Angeles suburbs, he returned to London with his American girlfriend Kate Lunken. Back in London, Summers recorded and toured with a number of acts, including Kevin Coyne, Jon Lord, Tim Essex, Neil Sedaka and Kevin Ayers. In 1975 he participated in an orchestral rendition ofMike Oldfield seminal piece Tubular Bells.
In 1977, Summers was invited by ex-Gong bassist Mike Howlett to join his band Strontium 90, along with future Police mates Sting and Stewart Copeland.
This is my own “inspired-by” guitar. It’s a direct replica of the Fender Andy Summers Tribute Tele except this one costs about $9000 less and doesn’t feature a nitro finish. The body of the guitar is a Squier Classic Vibe Custom and the neck is a Fender Nashville. Pickups are a Fender Vintage 62′ Reissue bridge and a Seymour Duncan 59′ SH-1N for the neck. Bridge is a custom machined Armadillo brass Andy Summers-style bridge. Boost/Overdrive unit in the guitar is actually an Eric Clapton circuit board, but wired to be an OD not a mid-boost. PEDALS USED: MXR Dyna Comp, Jacques Meistersinger Chorus, Ibanez TS-9 overdrive, TC Electronics Nova delay *** special thanks to Jim McNealon for all his assistance on the build and Mr. Andy Summers of the Police for his amazing inspiration.