Fender has pulled back the curtain on one of the most eye-catching guitars it's released this (or any) year, the Custom Shop Andy Summers Monochrome Strat.
A collaboration between former Police guitarist Andy Summers, the Fender Custom Shop and Leica Camera, the Andy Summers Monochrome Strat marries Summers' twin passions of photography and music.
Crafted by Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilder Dennis Galuszka, the guitar is custom-wrapped with a collage of monochrome photos taken by Summers with his Leica M cameras.
The guitar's two-piece body is made of alder, with a NOS urethane finish. Its one-piece neck is riftsawn maple, with a 63 C-shaped profile, a 7.25”-radius fingerboard with 21 medium-vintage frets and a neat red camera dot inlay at the 15th fret.
In terms of sound, the guitar has three hand-wound Custom Shop ‘60s Strat pickups connected by Vintage Modified #2 wiring, and Lecia-style volume and tone knobs.
The guitar also features Summer’s signature engraved on the neck plate, a custom Clear pickguard and back plate, an American Vintage synchronized tremolo, bone nut and a wing string tree.
The Fender Custom Shop Andy Summers Monochrome Strat is available now - with a deluxe hardshell case, custom strap and Certificate of Authenticity - for the fairly steep price tag of $12,500.
For more info on the guitar, head on over to fendercustomshop.com.