Pareles on The Police

Jon Pareles interviews The Police as the PR machine behind the new world tour kicks into gear. [NYTimes]

A beat-up guitar that Mr. Summers is playing isn’t the one that toured the world with him in the early 1980s; it’s an exact replica made by Fender, copying every nick, chip and scrape as well as the pickups (made by Fender’s rival, Gibson) and custom electronics inside. It’s part of a limited edition of 250 that sold out at $15,000 each “” a measure of Mr. Summers’s lasting reputation among musicians and guitar geeks.