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Andy Summers Tele For Sale

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. “

Andy Summers Tele Ebay

Custom Shop Texas Special Telecaster® Pickups, Set of 2.Here’s something for you die hard Telecaster players. These overwound Telecaster pickups are constructed with Alnico 5 magnets and enamel coated magnet wire. The bridge pickup features height staggered magnets and a copper plated steel bottom plate for increased output, presence and midrange, while the nickel-silver cover on the neck pickup produces a clear warm tone that only a true Custom Shop Telecaster pickup can do. From Merle to Metal, the Texas Telecaster will demand their attention.

Andy Summers Tele Build

I am interested in picking up one of these beauties and hoped that the kind people here might be able to answer a few questions

I know that there was a limited run of these guitars.
But does anyone have a build number per Master Builder?
I know Dennis made a few as well as Todd, John, Stephen and Yuri.
Is one better than the other as far as “builds” go or is it a personal preference?

Andy Summers Tele Bridge

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 Tele Wiring

Second in BillyBadAxe’s Classic Electric Guitars 101 series: The Gibson Les Paul is the quintessential heavy rock guitar. We’ve also covered the Fender Telecaster, and the FenderStratocaster. Check it out!

Countless rock songs have made use of its heavy tone and ringing sustain, and its huge sound when combined with a stack of Marshall Amps is an enduring and iconic image of the genre. First introduced in 1952, there have been some changes to its design over the years, mainly in regard to the pick-ups and bridge, as well as numerous variations on the overall theme, but the standard Gibson Les Paul model sold today is still essentially the same as that of five decades ago.

Andy Summers Tele Specs

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.

Andy Summers Tele Preamp

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 ® tuners. 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.

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.

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 Tele Neck

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: