The Police's Andy Summers Teams Up With Leica and Fender for Limited-Edition Camera And Guitar

Shoot professional-quality pics like a rock star with The Police guitarist's high-end camera OR pick up his new special edition Fender Stratocaster.
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Like Leica did with rocker and photographer Lenny Kravitz, the German cameramaker has joined forces with The Police guitarist Andy Summers to launch a limited-edition camera set to go along with his new custom Fender Strat. 

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Billed with imagery that's as stunning as the collection itself, the custom Leica M Monochrom "Signature" camera features a collage of artsy snaps from the legendary musician's eclectic photo repertoire—one depicts adventurers hiking up China's Yellow Mountain and another was captured during one of Summers' concerts—as well as a red line engraving of his autograph, silver operational hardware and a glossy paint finish.

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Also included with purchase is a Leica Summicron-M f/2 35mm ASPH lens adorned with a vintage round hood, a Fender-inspired strap and a black Oberwerth leather bag.

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The design echoes that of Summers' new signature Fender Custom Shop Strat, which boasts similar aesthetic elements.

Guitar.com has further details on the instrument: 

The guitar was created by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Dennis Galuszka, and in addition to the unique collage body wrap of the two-piece alder body, the Monochrome Stratocaster features a NOS urethane finish one-piece riftsawn maple neck with ’63 C neck profile, a classic 7.25-inch fingerboard radius and 21 medium-vintage frets.

The guitar also features a custom clear pickguard and backplate to show off more of the guitar’s unique finish, and in a nod to the camera that inspired the instrument, the 12th fret features the iconic Leica ‘red dot’ inlay, while the control knobs are also Leica-inspired. 

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to work with two leading producers of two fundamental instruments I hold close to my heart, Leica Camera and Fender,” Summers said of the set.

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“I’ve always thought of my photographic experience as tearing pages from a book and then reshuffling the results into a new visual syntax, and the collage-forward design...is the physical embodiment of just that."

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Limited to just 50 examples worldwide, Summers' M Monochrom "Signature" set is on sale now at Leica retailers for $14,995, and the Custom Shop Monochrome Andy Summers Strat is available through Fender for $12,500.