Andy Summers’ guitar playing is vivid and evocative, reflecting the legendary artist’s love of photography – a passion also fueled by his experiences touring the globe with the Police. Like musical feedback, these twin passions inform and amplify each other. As a career-long Fender player and Leica camera user, it was only natural for Summers to seek out a first-of-its-kind collaboration with the two brands on the creation of the Andy Summers Monochrome Strat.
Born from a unique partnership with Leica Camera, the Andy Summers Monochrome Strat is a celebration of the arts that inspire him. Crafted by Masterbuilder Dennis Galuszka, this Strat is custom-wrapped with a collage of monochrome photos taken by Summers with his Leica cameras. Combining the two worlds of photography and music, this collaborative effort showcases his photos, as well as the masterful craftsmanship and style that can only be found in the Fender Custom Shop.
The two-piece select alder body wears a NOS urethane finish while the strong, stable one-piece riftsawn maple neck has a comfortable “ ’63 C”-shaped profile. The 7.25”-radius fingerboard features 21 medium-vintage frets, along with a red camera dot inlay at the 15th fret. The trio of hand-wound Custom Shop ‘60s Strat pickups have authentic Fender tone, are connected via Vintage Modified #2 wiring and controlled with cool, Leica-style volume and tone knobs. Other features include Summer’s signature engraved on the neck plate and headstock, custom Clear pickguard and back plate, American Vintage synchronized tremolo, bone nut and wing string tree. Includes deluxe hardshell case, custom strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
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