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Two years before the world heard of The Edge, Andy Summers began creating fascinating, spacey guitar sounds that are emulated to this day.
Unlike The Edge, however, who came to utilise numerous guitars, Summers stuck primarily to a Fender Telecaster, a ‘63 sunburst model that he bought in the early ‘70s for $200 from a student (he was teaching guitar at the time in Los Angeles).
With The Police, Summers matched his Tele (Gibson PAF humbucker in the neck, stock Fender pickup in the bridge, plus a preamp and an out-of-phase switch) with a vast array of effects (MXR Dyna Comp, Phase 90, Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress Flanger, Roland guitar synths) on hits like Don’t Stand So Close To Me, Driven To Tears, Can’t Stand Losing You - the list goes on and on.
Check out this video in which Andy talks about Fender’s Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster.