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.
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.
Andy Summers played his battered 1961 Telecaster when the Police ruled rock in the early 1980s, and returned to it (or is it the 2007 Fender Custom Shop tribute model?) when the trio reconvened in the mid-2000s for a highly successful reunion tour.
It’s been quite a wait, but she’s finally here. I’d like to introduce everybody to “SUMMER”! It required an insane amount of research and detail, but was absolutely worth it for a huge Police fan like myself. This has totally been a labor of love, and I’d like to thank everyone on the forums here for the vital information, esp. Mr. Morrisson for his expertise on this matter. Also, a huge thanks to Jim McNealon for helping with routing, wiring, and stoke! Plus his partner Aaron for the use and skill in the machine shop.
Plain and simple, this is the body of a Squier Classic Vibe Custom, with all the upgrades that Andy’s Tribute Tele has, plus a Nashville Tele Neck. This all rang in at about $1,000, so you could say I saved considerably on that $10,000! No, I am not relic’ing this, but rather putting my own scars on it. Sounds great on non-Police songs as well! Without further adieu, here it is:
The Fender Thinline was first introduced in 1969 and remained in production through 1979. A remarkable new version from the Fender Custom Shop shows off the traditional styling, but they have added some new modern features.
With its medium-sized C shape neck, 9 1/2′ radius and Dunlop 6105 frets, this Thinline plays as delightful as anything you can put in your hands. These F hole Teles are really one of the most versatile sounding electric guitars out there. From that warm full front pickup to that classic back pickup edge, this Canary Yellow beauty with pearloid pickguard should fill all your needs.
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.
Luke at Rebel Relic in Amsterdam is now our sole dealer in the Netherlands, and is using Tonerider pickups exclusively on his line of Telecaster and Stratocaster relics!
“I find the Pure Vintage set to be very versatile and generally sweet sounding at low and high volume – From slightly innocent white chocolate sweet to, sinful dark chocolate. They have a very flexible palette to work off of. My favorite thing about the TRT1’s is that it can jump from light to fright and you can still hear that it’s from the same guitar with the same underlying sweetness to the tone.”
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.