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

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  1. Lost_N_Austin

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    I just watched the video from the fender custom Shop and never knew how the bridge plate and bridge pickup were mounted differently than a stock Tele. Don't go breaking your brass bridge plates to copy this feature.

    CAUTION: Don't Watch this video unless you have an extra $7,000.00 laying around because you are going to want one of these.



    I know I do.

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  2. Andy Summers

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    Haha!! Absolutely...Watched it yesterday..haha.
     
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    How much do they want for the FCS AS tele?

    I read an interview with Stewart Copeland where he said that tele was his favourite guitar and waffled on buying one of the custom shop repros until they were sold out. He was waffling about spending 5,000 on one -- I think he was getting a helluva discount!
     
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  4. Andy Summers

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    Ha! I wish I could get one for 5 grand. I believe they were around 10 grand new. When I do see them for sale now I see from around 7500 to 9500. Not saying the ones at 9500 sell, but they are out there.
     
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    It is definitely on my "if I win the Powerball" list.
     
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    Yeah, I was surprised to see Stewart Flipping Copeland complain about 5k for an instrument, especially since i am sure he could write it off on his taxes!
     
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  7. Andy Summers

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    Haha! Absolutely!!! Or if I could sell all the gear I have now and just settle on one guitar..haha. Well, I’d keep my cheapie as a backup...always need a backup!
     
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  8. Andy Summers

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    Haha!!! Exactly!! I’m sure he’s still makes some pretty decent Police money added with his current endeavors.
     
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  9. Andy Summers

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    I have always loved "Demolition Man" because Andy really got to go to town (Sting was famous for hating guitar solos), so I already love this video for that.

    But if you want to skip ahead to about 3:40, it goes into an interview of Andy by Jools Holland, complete with an impromptu slide blues jam on a Les Paul Junior (with Jools on piano).

     
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    I went back to my book on Andy Summers to see if there was a better reference to where Andy's guitar came from. He describes the guitar as a "mangled old thing I bought in 1972 off a kid in L.A. for two hundred dollars". He further comments " Someone once said to me that like a woman, you get only one real guitar in your life. For me, it's this 1961 Tele." (Page 43)

    What I would love to resolve is Who was this "kid" in LA in 1972 and where did he get it? Did he make the modifications? Does anyone know who was savvy enough to have created this iconic guitar or if there were any more created by that maker?

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  12. Bruxist

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    Such a great book. I loved the bit about the Les Paul.

    Think about having an onboard pre-amp in 1972. That is crazy. Wonder how much it cost?
     
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    They were around $10K new but about 8 years ago or so a couple of retailers were dumping them for $4k. I bought one and held onto it for a while. I loved the way it played and sounded but the boost toggle switch was positioned such that I hit it at least 4 or 5 times per rehearsal. As much as I wanted to gig with it, I didn't want this happening and I really didn't want to tape it securely. So I sold it and miss it much...

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  14. Andy Summers

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    4K?? Wow! I’ve never seen one that cheap.

    And I didn’t think about your point regarding the boost switch. Looking at it, I KNOW I would be hitting it all the time too. I can’t even play a normal configured Strat because of the placement of the volume knob, so I know I’d be knocking that switch constantly...haha

    Sorry ya miss it though!
     
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    Man that is beautiful.


    I always thought that was a bad placement for the switch. It would be for me at least.


    Nowadays you can probably get a volume control with an off switch on zero.
     
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    Yeah a switch wouldn't work for me either. Seems a nuts place to put it.
     
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    Here's mine.... not an Andy Summers, but as close as I'll get. A Fender Roadworn Taxman FSR. Nitro finished ash body, relic’d. Quite a clear grain pattern. Maple neck is chunky soft V , jumbo frets, de-glossed, 9.5 radius. Bridge pickup is an aged Fender ‘51 Nocaster, Neck is an aged Seymour Duncan '59 which is disconnected from the tone pot and is nice and bright and clear. Traditional 3 way switching.

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    Stunning!
     
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    I could be mistaken , not an unusual outcome in the 50/50 world of wadda yuh think...
    BUT ....When dropping by oh, let's say,:rolleyes: Warmoth a custom neck/body pre drilled ready for assembly, alder body, birdseye maple laminate top, no binding, mary kay white, $445.00, black pickguard, $470.00, gotoh standard tele bridge, $514.00
    vintage neck, finish vintage satin nitro $267.00


    514.00
    267.00 in stock neck w/ finish

    $781.00 neck and body sans pick ups tuners and other hardware.

    subtract finishing (mary kay white and vintage satin nitro) 781.00
    -190.00
    -110.00

    $481.00 neck, body bridge pickguard no finish. 3000.00 sub 481.00 = $ 2,519.00
    rough ballpark est. , just for fun
     
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  20. El Tele Lobo

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    I was thinking more:

    Tonebomb pine body $80 shipped
    Allparts TMO-FAT neck $110 shipped
    Bottle of Tru-Oil $10-15 shipped
    Wilkinson bridge $25 shipped
    Cavalier or Sunday Handwound Pickup set - $135-145 shipped (Though Wilde Keystones, Bootstraps, most Fender, GFS and a number of other brands can be had for less)
    Loaded control plate with 4-way switch - $65
    Vintage style tuners - $20
    Neck plate, Electrosocket jack/wire, pick guard and other miscellaneous parts/hardware - $50
    Having a local shop wire everything up for you - $100 (or spend the same amount on soldering equipment and never pay for a wiring job again)
    Having a local shop cut a nut for you and do a setup - $100 or less
    A few hours of time over the course of a week to do a finish

    Total: $710 (using the higher amounts where ranges exist)

    You'll save even more if you're good at finding deals or willing to use secondhand parts or can do your own assembly/nut cutting/wiring/setup. Most of it is pretty simple, def. rocket science. If a knucklehead like me can learn this stuff...anyone can. The only thing I haven't mastered yet is nut and fret work.

    If you're not into finishing work, you can buy a pre-finished body on eBay and a pre-finished fender neck for a few hundred dollars more. Still right around a grand. Again, MUCH less if you can find deals or are willing to go used. Either way, still well under a grand. And you'll have a guitar built to your specs (neck shape, body wood, hardware, pickups, switching, etc.) ...effectively a custom shop instrument...for half to a quarter the price. I've built 4 teles this way...but I confess, it's made me a lousy customer down at Guitar Center and Sam Ash. Of course, as always, YMMV...
     
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