Andy Summers Telecaster Schematic

I purchased this beaut in the summer of 2005. The Tele J5 signature model was a “gotta have” instrument that I needed to round out my arsenal of Teles. The hot pickups, special features and very unusual headstock design piqued my interest as soon as I came across it in the new Fender catalogue. The price of the Fender Custom Shop model with Bigsby was prohibitive, however.

My solution was to order the much more affordable Mexican-made model sans Bigsby and to install a designed-for-Tele Bigsby I had bought earlier on e-Bay. Unfortunately, this Bigsby kit was designed for the standard Tele pup layout, but with the help of friend Jim Ghidoni we did some drastic metal cutting in his hot rod custom shop and adapted stock Tele Bigsby plate to fit over the J-5 bridge pickups. While at it we installed my patented B-bender rod to the headstock.

This is indeed a custom model – I’ve done modifications to this very expensive instrument that would make most guitar aficionados shudder : )

Andy Summers Telecaster Specifications

The native format is Sketchup 6.4.1, imported in 3dmax 2013, and converted to formats Cinema4D, 3ds, FBX and Obj. All them tested in 3dmax 2013 with these results:

Formats sketchup and 3dmax (save as 2010), are totaly functional.
Formats Fbx and C4D are functional but don´t export the layers names.
Formats 3ds and Obj need an easy readjust for the textures in the material editor, but they are operative too.
Every archive rar contains the model, textures and a txt with especifications about the textures.

MATERIALS/TEXTURES:
The materials are 10 jpg adapted in the native model (sketchup) and exported with it.
The materials coordinates needn´t be readjusted in 3dmax.
The materials are disposed by layers in Skp and 3dmax formats.
Materials textured in the 3dmax format.

*Model´s images (wireframe, solid, and textured) from Sketchup; captures from 3dmax and Cinema4D; turntable and final renders (VRay 2.3) are made in 3dmax 2013.

Andy Summers Telecaster Story

“I think it’s one of the greatest designs of the 20th century. It has never been bettered – partly because it fits the human body so well. With something like a Gibson Les Paul, it’s a very heavy chunk of wood. I always had a problem holding it, especially standing up. But the weight of the Telecaster is just right. And its sound just cuts through everything. Everything I did in the Police was on a Telecaster.

“I actually ended up with a kind of hybrid model, with some added features. Before I joined the Police, I got it in LA: I was teaching guitar, and some kid came in wanting to sell it. It was pretty beaten up, and I got it off him for 200 bucks. I said, “This is a pretty great guitar – are you sure you want to sell it?” But that was the guitar that transformed my life: it brought me back into playing rock, I came back to England with it, and you know the rest of the story. I would never, ever get rid of it: it’s like a great talisman.

“In 2007, Fender made 250 clones of my guitar. They took the original to pieces, and photographed it, and made this map of where all the scratches and cracks are. It’s like my guitar had babies. I’ve got six of them. They cost $15,000 each [laughs].”

Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster Guitar

This was a custom order but the buyer backed out before it was done so I finished it up the way I like my Teles (which is a slight departure from the original). I was given the body donor CVC Squire Tele for my trouble.
The main differences are no on board electronics and this one sports a boat neck.
I had a Gibson Patent Number T-top humbucker in my stash of pickups. Turned turned out to be a good one for the neck position. Right on the money at 7.3 K Ohms. Sounds smooth and sweet. The bridge pickup is a Fender Custom Vintage that I got from Jeffery Luck Lucas. Nicely balanced with the neck pickup. I used a 4-way switch adding a two pickups in series option. Allparts fat neck is finished in nitro lacquer. The brass bridge and saddles are pretty close to whats on Andy’s original. Weighs in at 8lbs. It really sounds great but I haven’t been able to compare it to a Fender reissue.
Only thing I’m not sure about is using the vintage Gibson Patent Number pickup on a tribute reproduction. Is this a misappropriation of some vintage mojo? I have heaps more photos if anyone’s interested.

Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster Review

The Fender Custom Shop Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster® Guitar
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 in 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.”

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Andy Summers Telecaster Reissue

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.

Andy Summers Telecaster Replica

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 of rock’s most distinctive guitars.

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.” Every nick, scratch, dent and wear mark on Andy’s guitar has been painstakingly recreated on this amazing tribute Telecaster. For Police fans, collectors, and ’80s tribute bands, you just can’t get much better than the Andy Summers tribute guitar.

Andy Summers Telecaster Humbucker

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.
FCSAST…list ….. – Not currently available –

Andy Summers Telecaster Specs

We hinted about it back in October, but now it’s official: Fender has announced its Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster, a replica of Summers’ heavily-modified ’61 Tele, which he apparently bought in the ’70s for a staggering $200 😉

The guitar will be produced in a limited run of just 250 instruments, the first of which is expected to be played by Summers when the Police reunite for next week’s Grammy Awards (Feb 11.)

The Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster will feature the same mods as the original, including a “ferocious” humbucker at the neck, a body-mounted bridge pickup, a mini-toggle phase switch, pre-amp with mini-toggle on/off switch, rear-mounted overdrive unit (with controller knob below the standard volume & tone controls,) soft bridge pieces (brass,) and a set of Schaller tuners.

The guitar will also sport an alder body, maple neck, and meticulously recreated nicks, dings, and scratches to match Summers’ incredibly lived-in instrument.

The photos above show a comparison of the original Telecaster (right, from Andy Summers’ website,) and the new Fender Andy Summers Tribute Tele (left, photo by Takashi Sato.) There’s no telling what the price will be like on this baby, but at just 250 units I think we can assume it will be safely out of range for mere mortals and starving artists.

Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster Price

Featuring the ferocious humbucking neck pickup and single coil bridge pickup mounted in the body rather than in the broken brass (not chrome) bridge plate; a control plate-mounted mini-toggle phase switch; body-mounted preamp on/off mini-toggle switch (the Custom Shop has recreated the Police-era preamp); the rear-mounted overdrive unit controlled by a third knob below the two traditional Telecaster® volume and tone controls; “soft” brass bridge pieces and Schaller® tuners.

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.

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 of rock’s most distinctive guitars.