Andy Summer Telecaster

Having watched the Custom Shop vid about this guitar I’m really impressed with the variety of tones that can be found within it.

I particularly liked the out of phase tones with the pre-amp dialled in – almost Peter Green-like in tone.

I would love to find that tone coming out of my tele…..

It is a very versatile guitar – but way to expensive for most of us, I would guess. And then, even if you could afford it, would you ever gi

Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster Wiring

1951 No Caster Relic
1960’s Relic Stratocaster with matching headstock, Fiesta Red, Olympic White
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1963 Stratocaster, Black over 3 Tone Sunburst Relic
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1960’s Relic Stratocater, Fiesta Red. Early 60’s C neck, 6105 frets, 9.5 radius, Custom Shop Fat 50’s pickups
George Fullerton Prototype Stratocaster, light ash body. 10/56 large V neck, 6105 frets, 9.5 radius, hand wound Abigail Ybarra pickups, unique control plate
Heavy Relic Esquire, Desert Sand, light ash body. AA Flame Maple neck, 9.5 radius, 6105 frets, quarter sawn 10/56 large V, BG, 1400 pickup, Eldred Custom wiring, gold hardware
La Cabronita “Boracha” Reverse Jazzmaster, light ash body. Large C neck, 9.5 radius, 6105 frets, TV Jones pickup with grease bucket wiring
La Cabronita Bass, Relic Black

Andy Summers Fender Telecaster

Sua carreira começou nos anos 60 com Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band, que acabou virando a psicodélica Dantalion’s Chariot (que emplacou um clássico psicodélico chamado “Madman Running Through the Fields”). No final dos anos 60 apareceram bandas com tendências jazz-fusion, como Soft Machine e Eric Burdon and the New Animals, justamente na época da primeira viagem de Summers para os EUA. Nos anos 70, Summers fez muitas turnês, shows e concertos com Kevin Coyne, Kevin Ayers, Tim Rose, Neil Sedaka e muitos outros e, enquanto estava morando na Califórnia, concluiu o Bacharelado em Música na Universidade Estadual da Califórnia, em Northridge.

Ao voltar para a Inglaterra, Summers foi convidado em Maio de 1977 por MIke Howlett para formar a banda Strontium 90 junto com um outro amigo de Howlett, um vocalista/baixista chamado “Sting”, que por sua vez trouxe um baterista americano chamado Stewart Copeland. Sting e Copeland, com um outro guitarrista chamado Henry Padovani, haviam lançado um single “Fall Out” em Fevereiro de 1977 como The Police. Após algumas mudanças na formação, um trio com Sting, Copeland e Summers estavam tocando como “The Police” no final daquele mesmo ano.

O resto é história. O “The Police” esteve entre os mais tocados durante toda a década seguinte, emplacando sucesso atrás de sucesso com uma inovadora, rítmica e melódica atmostera que dependia muito do swing e da pegada da Telecaster de Summers – “Roxanne”, “Message In a Bottle”, “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”, “Every Little Thing SHe Does Is Magic” e o sucesso arrebatador de 1983 “Synchronicity”, com “Every Breath You Take”,”Wrapped Around Your Finger”, “Synchronicity II” e “King Of Pain”. Eles se tornaram, nessa época, a maior banda do mundo, comandando a lista de mais tocadas e a programação da recém popular MTV.

Então, sem alardes, o The Police fechou as portas enquanto ainda estava no alto – muito alto. Sem álbum seguinte, nem turnê, eles simplesmente pararam. Afinal, eles estavam vivendo grudados por 7 anos, pelo mundo todo, “entre tapas e beijos”, fazendo sucesso atrás de sucesso e show atrás de show em um trabalho exaustivo que não podia durar para sempre.

Summers continuou com muitos projetos musicais diversos, incluindo trilha sonora (Down and Out in Beverly Hills de 1986 e Weekend at Bernie’s de 1989), televisão (Summers foi diretor musical do The Dennis MIller Show em 1992) e uma série de aclamados trabalhos solo, colaborações e participações especiais com artistas como Robert Fripp, John Etheridge, Victor Biglione e Benjamin Verdery. Summers também participou em vários projetos solo de Sting e Copeland e quando o The Police se reuniu em Março de 2003 tocando 3 músicas durante sua inclusão no Hall da Fama do Rock and Roll.

Andy Summers Telecaster Tribute

Limited production of 250 exacting replicas of Andy’s iconic Tele®. Relic®’d 3-color sunburst nitro finish, double bound select 2-piece alder body, quarter sawn maple neck and fingerboard, 7.25″ radius, 21 vintage frets, 25.5″ scale length, 1.650″ nut width, 3-way pickup selector, preamp on/off mini toggle, rear mounted preamp overdrive unit, body mounted preamp on/off switch and gain control knob, Custom ’63 single coil bridge pickup (mounted into the body), Seymour Duncan SH-1N humbucking neck pickup, brass saddles and bridge plate (with crack on treble side), vintage style tuning machines, mint green pickguard, heavy duty custom black Anvil flight case, Limited edition certificate, strap, cable, signed copy of Andy’s book “One Train Later”, “Message In a Box” CD box set and a DVD interview with Andy

Fender Andy Summers Telecaster Specs

Does this guitar really need an introduction? Andy has been so closely identified with this Telecaster that entire articles in books have been devoted to it. He recorded mostly all of his studio tracks up to the “Synchronicity” album with it. It has a very interesting background . . . Eric Clapton was, in fact, the previous owner! As Andy explained to Vic Gabriani in the December ’97 issue of Guitar World, “Clapton was a contemporary of mine back in the Sixties, and we’d share guitar information. He was very seriously into the blues, trying to play like B.B. King, and particularly Buddy Guy. He was playing a Telecaster at the time, and I convinced him to try my Les Paul, which he wanted to buy. So I brought it to this session he was doing, and he immediately started using it. That turned out to be the Fresh Cream album. So then I wound up with the Telecaster, which I played all through the Police and still use today. We were all playing variations on Black American music, and we’d jam with each other all the time at this club called the Flamingo, in London, which became the matrix for the whole British guitar scene at the time. I’d share a bill with Eric, Jeff Beck would come and go, Jimmy Page would drop in. That’s where it all started…”

Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster Specs

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.’

Andy Summers Signature Telecaster


You can plug this baby into a toaster and, God knows, maybe it would sound as great as it does with any other amp. Seriously, Fender Custom Shop made a Limited Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster, a terrific sounding instrument that deserves all the praise it can get. There is simply no need to change any stock-provided parts built into this axe, as it sounds professional all the way. Fender Custom Shop’s Limited Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster is a flawlessly sounding instrument.

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.


Andy Summers Telecaster Sale

Rock concert listings have in recent years become increasingly surreal, filled as they are with the names of reformed bands from the distant past — Genesis, The Police, Steely Dan, The Cars, Wet Wet Wet, The Stranglers, Squeeze, and even Led Zeppelin. If Doctor Who were to appear on TV as well, the illusion of the past overtaking the present would be complete. What’s that? Oh dear.
It’s easy to be cynical about these backward-looking band reunions because, so far, no reformed band has made a credible claim to superseding the artistic achievements of their heyday. Big bucks, rather than music, appear to be the motive in most cases, but I sense that there’s more to it. For starters, most people find an opportunity to turn back the clock and attempt to revisit the intensity and aliveness of adolescence hard to resist. In addition, many of the above-mentioned bands went through a period during which they were derided as dinosaurs. Quite a few have since been rehabilitated as venerable living rock legends, so why not go out and enjoy the adulation?
The most critically acclaimed reunion has arguably been the 30-year anniversary tour of The Police. The reason for this may be that they were one of the few big bands to escape a period of critical censure. When The Police burst onto the international stage in 1977, they rode the coat-tails of the trendy post-punk movement. Eventually becoming the biggest band in the world, Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers were wise enough to quit at the height of their success in 1984, before they had descended into too much Spinal Tap-like excess. During their tenure, The Police were responsible for a large number of respectable hit singles — ‘Message In A Bottle’, ‘Roxanne’ and ‘Every Breath You Take’ — as well as five widely acclaimed studio albums, from Outlandos d’Amour (1977) to Synchronicity (1983).
The massive commercial success of The Police Reunion Tour 2007/08, with stadium-sized gigs selling out in minutes, 1.5 million tickets sold worldwide and a gross revenue of £80 million, has nevertheless taken many by surprise, even the band members themselves. Visit or YouTube, and you’ll find guitarist Andy Summers telling of his fear that nobody would turn up. He had probably spent too many years playing jazz clubs and releasing relatively obscure experimental and jazz-tinged solo albums to instantly tag on to the difference in scale between the commercial appeal of his solo work and that of The Police.
But the punters are en masse laying out serious money for tickets. As a result, Summers, 64, is now in the middle of a year-long Police reunion tour, being worshipped by tens of thousands of delirious fans and seeing his bank balance swell by millions. One would imagine that he is flying high and bubbling with enthusiasm. Not so, it appears, on the morning that I interview him on his hotel phone. Such is the guitarist’s current profile that he has taken to registering in hotels under a pseudonym. Having just called the hotel, the unusual name is still lingering in my mind and I ask Summers about it. In reply, the guitarist barks, “Well, if I told you and you printed it, there would be no more point in using it, would there?” Silence. OK, that didn’t go down too well, so best ask him about something that will make him smile. “How are things going with the tour?” I ask, sweetly. But Summers is having none of it. “What kind of question is that?” he snarls, “I can’t answer that. You have to ask me specific questions.” The press officer who arranged the interview admits later that Summers has a reputation as a difficult interviewee, with the caveat that since he is The Police’s guitarist, he has “probably deserved” [sic] the right to be awkward.

Andy Summers Telecaster Sound

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.
Summers bought the guitar for $200, and you and the whole world know the rest. Back in London a few years later, he joined a noisy so-called punk outfit called the Police that rose to become the biggest band in the world, thanks in no small part to the deftly innovative and influential sounds Summers conjured from that beat-up Telecaster.

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.”
Now, in 2007, Fender couldn’t be more proud and excited to unveil a very 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.

The prototype, built by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Dennis Galuszka over the course of a year, is currently in use with Andy now. 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 Fender Custom Shop Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster.
Photo by Takashi Sato

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I’ve actually done the Blind Faith tele thing myself – I took the body from my Av62 RI tele (ie, sunburst and bound) and put the neck from my Clapton strat on it. No mods are required – strat necks drop right onto tele bodies (although they do leave a little gap at the corners).

To be honest with you, it wasn’t my favourite. I thought the combo of my favourite guitar body with my absolute all-time favourite guitar neck would be killer, but something about it didn’t gel… The weights just weren’t right or something, I dunno. I ended up swapping back.

Still, it looked rad and got some surprised looks at shows 😎