Andy Summers was working as a classical guitar teacher in the early 1970's when one of his students offered to sell him a highly modified 1961 Fender Telecaster. Andy purchased the beat up customized Tele for $200, and it became his main guitar throughout the history of The Police.
His unique and influential sound was based on the modified electronics including a phase
switch, humbucker in the neck position, an on-board preamp and built-in overdrive.
1961 Fender Telecaster - Sunburst
The very first gig that The Police performed "Message in a Bottle" to a live audience was in February of '79 at the "Rock goes to college" Hatfield Polytechnic gig. It was a memorable night as it was also the very first time Andy would use his '61 Tele with it's newly installed brass bridge. Then go on to record "Reggatta de Blanc." I think the change made a huge difference:)ReplyDelete