The custom double bound tele is full of tone! It is outfitted with a Joe Barden bridge and Bill Lawrence Keystone pickups. They respond very well to dynamic playing are a bring a very clear tone out of the instrument. Double bound and finished in my Autumn Burst nitro finish, this guitar is ready to paint with music. Check out more photos here
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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 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.’
My review of the Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster. I acquired the Telecaster a few months back and have really got to spend a lot of time with it, in essence to wait until the “honeymoon” period was over to make an objective an honest review of the piece.
Background: As you probably already know, the Fender Custom Shop made only 250 of these guitars a couple of years ago to coincide with The Police’s reunion and subsequent world tour. They are all “Masterbuilt” by a builder – Mine was crafted by Yuri Shishkov. Retail on these were a little steep at over 10k, street price at Guitar Center 8k. The tribute series guitars have quite a bit of work in them, and are not cheap as you see.
The guitar comes with a gigantic anvil case with stencils of “Andy Summers” written all over, also comes with Andy’s book (autographed) a box set of The Police’s complete anthology, and a DVD with the history of the Guitar from the man himself.
The original guitar was a 61’ Telecaster Custom, and was heavily modified when it was purchased by Andy from a guitar student in Los Angeles.
Review: So here goes…Immediately when you look at the guitar it has the look and patina of a vintage guitar. The relic work is pretty heavy but I think they got the color just right. The body is a very resonant Alder with a light to medium light weight.
The neck shape is unlike any I’ve ever felt, especially from the custom shop. It is very reminiscent of a mid 60’s Gibson neck, fairly thin near the nut tapering up to a very chunky “C” shape near the 12th fret.