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.