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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.