Fender showcases Andy Summers' photography on custom signature Strat

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It's only Tuesday but surely Fender's Andy Summers Monochrome Stratocaster  takes the cake as the custom-built electric guitar of the week.

Limited to 50 units worldwide, this unique Strat was made by Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilder Dennis Galuszka and features a stunning wraparound collage finish of The Police guitarist's monochrome photography, all shot on his Leica M camera, with the Leica-inspired touch extending to the guitar's volume and tone pots and a matching headstock. 

A strictly limited run of custom 50 Leica M cameras has been made to partner the guitar's release, combining Summers' two passions of photography and the guitar. Summers has been a photographer since 1979 and has had his work exhibited worldwide. 

Build-wise, the Andy Summers Monochrome Stratocaster has a two-piece select alder body, a one-piece rift-sawn maple neck with a 1963 C-shaped profile, and vintage-style maple fretboard with a 7.25”-radius and dot inlay – note the red camera dot at the 15th fret. 

There is a synchronised tremolo, a bone nut, and – understandably, given the finish – a clear pickguard. The electronics are handled by three hand-wound Custom Shop ‘60s Strat pickups with Vintage Modified #2 wiring throughout and your typical one volume/two tone controls.

All this guitar does not come cheap – and perhaps only photographers need apply because you might need a lie down in a dark room after paying the $12,500 asking price – but, y'know, it's sure to be a collector's item and you get a hard case with the usual candy and a custom strap. 

See Fender for more details.

Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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