Fender Telecaster

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Fender Telecaster
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Artist: Andy Summers
Band or ensemble: Kevin Coyne / Kevin Ayers / The Police
Time gear used: YYYY - 1986


Andy Summers bought the 1961 Fender Telecaster from a guitar student in Los Angeles in the early Seventies for just $200.

Gear breakdown

Most modifications to the original 1961 Fender Telecaster were already there when Andy bought the guitar:

  • Humbucker pickup
  • mini-toggle phase switch
  • preamp on/off mini-toggle switch
  • rear-mounted overdrive unit controlled by a third knob

During The Police times Andy Summers made a few changes to his guitar:

  • For the first years up until at least March 1978 Andy played the guitar with its original 3-saddle bridge with raised sides. Photos from October 1978 up until February 1979 show Andy playing the Telecaster with a Fender 6-saddle bridge with raised sides. From late February 1979 onwards he played the guitar with a flat brass bridge with its pickup mounted in the guitar's body.
  • Andy added a second string tree on the guitar headstock shortly before the Reading festival on 1979-08-24.

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