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.

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