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Andy Summers Telecaster Price

I would like to especially thank Dr. Buenning Lars at Schaller for his help. He pointed out the location of the tuners in the catalog and, even though I ended up getting a used set elsewhere, he shipped me free of charge (overseas, mind you) a set of Schaller screws to fit my used tuners, when they showed up from Eddie Vegas without enough screws. INCREDIBLY nice.
3) Marc Rutters made the custom control plate with extra hole drilled for the phase shifting switch. Fast, easy service, and a nice quality plate.
4) Terrapin Guitars made the mint green pickguard and the custom rear plate to cover the boost circuit. I traced the shape of the rear plate from a scale size blow-up of Andy’s guitar and sent John the tracing. There was one goof…he made the control plate mint green as well. But he was quick with sending a black one when I pointed out his error. Mistakes happen, and he made it right fast.
5) Axetremecreations made the custom stamped neck plate, with Andy’s actual serial number on it.
6) I chose to get the pickups from Seymour Duncan. I considered having some of the smaller boutique pickup guys make me custom pups based on vintage specs for the Tele bridge pickup and a Gibson PAF. But the more I thought about it, Seymour Duncan did the ones for the Tribute model that Fender made, and adjusted their specs based on Andy’s review. So I don’t think I could have gotten closer to the real deal any other way. Called the Custom Shop at Seymour Duncan, and talked with MJ who wound them to the specs of the Tribute model. They were a little slow getting it done, but that really was no big deal.
7) Armadillo Guitar was the source for the brass bridge plate. Nice hardware, and that is pretty much your main source for one of these, so was a no-brainer. First thing I ordered.
8) The preamp boost is a standard Fender Eric Clapton mid boost. I purchased it on e-Bay. The whole thing was wired according to the available wiring diagram for the Tribute guitar. I considered other options, even writing John Tillman to pick his brain on what kind of custom preamp people might have been installing back then. Ultimately I decided that no one knows. Andy’s boost failed and was removed before Fender made the Tribute model, so no one knows what that circuit was. Their Tribute model has the EC Midboost (with minor tolerance differences on a few components), and I just decided to not over think a problem that cannot be solved.
9) Knobs I bought on e-Bay. Considered trying to get true 60’s knobs, but way too expensive. I agonized over what looked best. Looked at Police live DVD’s I had in slow-mo to see what these things looked like…barrel, domed…I went with vintage Tele barrel knobs, purchased on e-Bay.

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.