Andy Summers Tele by The Painted Player Guitar Co. In the UK??

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  1. warrent

    warrent Friend of Leo's

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    I'd be curious how many guitars they sell. On their website they are extremely expensive they want 1500 pounds for a relic version made out of the Classic Vibe tele.
    You would be better off doing it yourself even if you have to buy a router.
     
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  2. Andy Summers

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    Yeah, they do really seem overpriced..
     
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  3. bettyseldest

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    Looks like they do three versions (plus a total custom job). The cheapest starting with a Classic Vibe body, which sounds likea plan. Trickiest bit will be adding the additional control and asociated wiring, but you have plenty of friends here to help and advise.

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  4. Andy Summers

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    I certainly do, bettyseldest!! Very appreciative of that. Thank you ❤️
    And for the info as well.
     
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  5. knockeduptele

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    I second that and Michael down there is the nicest person to do business with

    (no commercial affiliation apart from 6/8 of my Teles have Armadillo bridges on them)
     
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  6. Bones

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    My dream was an Albert Collins model, they go for close to $5k. I built my own out of a Baja. You could easily build this out of a CV Custom body and a Fender neck of your liking. The rest is easy to do and the parts don't cost that much.

    If I can do this with a BSB 50s Baja, you can do your project.

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    VERY interesting and LONG link....and I will admit I did not read every single post......but one issue I have is he not only used "Fender" and "Telecaster" decals on the headstock front, he used a "Custom Shop" label on the back. This could lead to confusion (or outright FRAUD) if sold later. I have no problem with building an exact replica, and, if using genuine Fender body and/or neck, calling it a Fender, even though legally (and morally?) it is not.
    But I also advocate the OP go the partscaster route.....so you can make it EXACTLY what you want.
     
  8. Bones

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    I agree. I could have easily put a custom shop decal and my GF could have reproduced Albert's signature on the headstock, but to what end? I was making a tribute to his guitar, not a tribute to Fender's replica.
     
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  9. Andy Summers

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    Ummmmm....WOW!!!! Gorgeous!
     
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    There is always the question of how close to the original you want to get. Do you want an exact replica or something in the ballpark? With mine, I decided I really didn't want to route it and have the boost (which I can get close enough with a pedal), the decal is in the wrong place, it's the stock CVC bridge with compensated saddles, the pickup is not mounted to the body, the pickguard is a 5 hole, etc.

    It gets close to what I think may be the coolest guitar in the world. Good enough for me.

    Though the Armadillo bridge is awfully cool. I just need to get past the sticker shock.
     
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  11. Bruxist

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    One of my favourite pics of Andy, captioned by the man himself:

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    "A stunning moment of rock power."
     
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    That’s beautiful. Saw AC twice live. He was terrific. Miss him. Love the Showdown! album he did with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland. Check it out if you haven’t. Classic blues covers done really, really well.
     
  13. Andy Summers

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    Love this one!!
     
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    MJT can recreate the body probably for under $500. http://www.mjtagedfinishes.com/
    I had them do a hardtail Strat for me, an ash two tone burst with light relic...sent a pic what what I was aiming for and they matched it perfectly. Total price was a little north of $400. Shoot them an email and tell 'em what you want...I'm willing to bet they've already had a few requests to make a Summer's clone.
    There's a HUGE thread here that'll showcase what members here have had them built. http://www.tdpri.com/threads/mjt-owners-thread.296581/
     
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  15. HoodieMcFoodie

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    I went down the partscaster route. I couldn't spring for a double bound body so I went MIM instead. This is my #1. Better than my MIA Ash DLX. Andy-1.jpg Andy-3.jpg
     
  16. wyclif

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    @Andy Summers The tricky part of doing this as a partscaster project is getting the pre-amp and unique electronics right. It looks like a hacked up Custom Telecaster (double binding, PAF humbucker, aftermarket Schallers, Armadillo brass bridge, mounting the bridge pickup directly to the body wood etc) but underneath the hood is where things get complicated. I think the Fender CS model was actually an improvement on the original, since the battery for the pre-amp on the original guitar was held in place with cellotape for years, even during world tours (!)

    It's probably the electric guitar I have seen and heard live in concert the most times growing up, from the early days of The Police all the way through Synchronicity, their final album and tour.

    At the 2007 Grammys, when Andy walked out on stage with That Telecaster once again and began playing the opening chords of Roxanne, it was such an emotional moment of deja vu to see it once more.

    I'd like to know what happened to the original guitar; I believe he retired it. I remember reading something where Summers said that the guitar got messed up when it was propped against something and it was never the same again. It seems like he uses the prototype that the CS made for him now. That must be weird, but it's also a testimony to how close the Fender CS got to the original.
     
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    Geez what a load of crap imo. Their 'Ultimate' edition costs as much as a FCS, and I know what I would rather have.

    Hmmm Fender Custom Shop versus a company nobody knows, and will probably be out of business very soon if they don't get enough orders.
     
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  18. bettyseldest

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    Not defending them, but the guitar below was for sale last year. It is the cheapest Andy Summers Telecaster which shows up in the UK on Google. Myself if I wanted one I would probably go for an MJT body or similar and put one together from parts.

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  19. El Tele Lobo

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    Couple links...

    First...this is on eBay right now: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=333104113588

    Second, I've purchased a number of wired control plates from these guys on eBay. You literally just have to wire up the pickups and jack. They don't make an Andy Summers assembly, but I'm willing to bet if you email them they could give you a quote on one.

    You can do this, man! Got the whole neighborhood behind you!
     
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  20. Andy Summers

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    Wow!!! Thanks everyone!! Once again, I am reminded I’m in the right place here :) You guys are awesome!!! Building one could be fun, though I don’t know anything about routing and/or electronics.

    There is actually a used Fender Andy Custom Shop I’m thinking of offloading a bunch of stuff in order to get it...what the hell..it has been my dream guitar since I started playing and you only live once. With that said, I certainly couldn’t afford it outright, no matter how often you live..haha. But I may be able to swing it with moving some of my currrent gear. Just a thought at this point though, we’ll see what happens.

    @wyclif Im with ya brother...it was awesome seeing that Tele again. My favorite guitar of all time.

    @HoodieMcFoodie Love that axe man!! Looks like you got the electronics down!

    And thank you everyone else for the links, stories, etc ❤️
     
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