The first and perhaps the only internet resource for Roger Waters gear (and Richard Wright gear, and Chris Rea gear, and Andy Summers gear). Or more likely a poor man's answer to ;-)

follow us on facebook

XML Feed:

Entries (RSS)

Syd Barrett's Gear
Brain Damage

Please donate:

If you like this site, please consider a donation. Thank you!

Andy Summers' rig on BUDGET (The Police years)

Posted on 29/05/2015 by ozzy in Summers-ish

Andy Summers' rig on BUDGET (The Police years)

Continues from Andy Summers' rig (The Police years), part I

How to come close to Andy Summers tone without buying expensive equipment.


Laney CUB combo

A low-priced tube Marshall amp won't deliver the tone of a Marshall JMP that you are after. In fact, it won't deliver a decent tone at all. The CUB series by Laney offers a range of a nice low-wattage clean sounding combos with slightly marshallish character. Available are the 5, 10 and 15-Watt tube models, and one 15-Watt amp head with a matching cabinet. Highly recommended!


Andy Summers Squier Telecaster project Squier Telecaster Custom would be a good starting point for your own take on the famous Fender Telecaster Custom of Andy Summers. You might find handful of ideas in the article Squier Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster project.

However, if you want to stay on the safe side, it will be much better to follow Andy's red 61' Fender Stratocaster. You will only need a Squier Classic Vibe '60s Stratocaster, or MIM Standard Strat, with rosewood fingerboard. Its stock pickups should be replaced with the period-correct Fender 57/62 pickups.

Squier Classic Vibe '60s Stratocaster


MXR Dyna Comp MXR Dyna Comp

Type: Compressor

A quite nice compressor based on the classic Ross circuit. The vintage "script logo" reissue has a nice smooth tone, but can only be powered by battery and costs twice as much as a the cheaper "box logo" model.

FYI: I personaly use the Warden by EarthQuaker Devices, which seems to work very well. It's clean, neutral sounding compressor with studio-style controls and features. And it's deadly silent, too.

Mooer Ninety Orange Phaser Mooer Ninety Orange

Type: Phaser

Mooer Ninety Orange is a copy of the MXR Phase 90, produced by now popular chinese manufacturer. It might be less smooth sounding than a "script logo" original, but still an excellent alternative for people on tight budget.

Mooer Eleclady Mooer Eleclady

Type: Flanger

Although this pedal doesn't work with distortion as good as the original, it's considered to be the best sounding clone of the Electric Mistress available. Very Summersish and highly recommended!

EHX Micro Q-tron EHX Micro Q-tron

Type: Envelope follower

The Q-tron was designed for the EHX by Mike Beigel, the inventor of the Mu-tron III and former owner of Musitronics Corp. By using the same analog circuitry as the original, he managed to keep the sound as close to it as possible.

MXR Distortion + MXR Distortion+, EHX Bass Big Muff Pi

Type: Fuzz / Distortion / Overdrive

In my opinion, there is no great sounding budget Muff on market. Fortunately, Andy's tone isn't based on that at all. However, if you really need to own one, try the Electro Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi.

The MXR Distortion+ or any similary sounsding dirt pedal set to mild overdrive will suffice. Most of a budget clones will do equaly well, too. You even might want to use a boost pedal to simmulate the mid-boost circuit built in Andy's Telecaster. (The solo in So Lonely, for example, uses both pickups out-of-phase plus the on-board booster.)

FYI: As for me, my Xotic SL Drive works perfectly for Andy's overdriven tones. It faithfully delivers sounds of the Marshall Super Lead and Super Bass amps. But it doesn't come cheap, of course.

EHX Memory Toy EHX Memory Toy

Type: Delay

The Memory Toy is a nice sounding analog delay that won't cost you a fortune. However, if you want to go serious, get an excelent TC Electronic Flashback, Flashback X4, or Nova Delay. They are reasonably priced and offer a simmulation of various types of delay, such as "tape" and "analog". (Andy have used the Flashback in his Circa Zero pedal board.)

EHX Pitch Fork EHX Pitch Fork

Type: Pitch Shifter, Guitar Synth substitution

Rather than to buy a second-hand Roland guitar synth on eBay, you might want to combine a pitch shifter with flanger and delay. Set the pitch shifter to the 5ths, play "strange" chords, and you may get close to the synth sound you are after. Don't forget fidling with the tone (yes, the tone!) knob on your guitar, too.

FYI: I use the EHX Pitch Fork in conjunction with the Eleclady and Flashback. The result is very, very convincing.

Danelectro Tuna Melt Danelectro Tuna Melt

Type: Tremolo

Originally, back in the 70s/80s, Andy haven't used tremolo effect at all. It hadn't become part of his rig until the Police reunion tour in 2007 (see Andy’s Reunion Tour rig). He emloyed the Empress Tremolo on stage to create deep tremolo effect in Walking in Your Footsteps. The Empress Tremolo is an excellent pedal, but definitely not a budget one, so if cost is the issue you will have to look elsewhere.

The Boss TR-2 Temolo is perhaps most obvious (and safe) choice to go with. However, you may want to check eBay for an extra-cheap, but surprisingly nice and warm sounding Danelectro Tuna Melt, or, sadly, now discontinued, Line 6 Tap Tremolo, featuring a tap tempo function. The Super Pulsar by EHX is a truly creative tool that will satisfy even the most demanding player.

BTW: Think of Gilmour's tremolo in Money, or Roger's in One of These Days.

Posted in Summers-ish  |  Please leave your comment