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agic thing he does is The guitar sound of Andy Summers by Jamie Wolfert D uring his time as one-third of the greatest power trio in rock history, Andy Summers revolutionized the role of the electric guitar in a rock context, bringing effects to the forefront in a way that no one had done before. Other guitarists might have used a flanger or an echo occasionally, but he rarely turned them off. As part of the complex interwoven musical fabric of many Police songs, pedals and effects functioned as more than mere riff embellishments, and they were an essential component of the structure and emotional intent of the music. Guitarists steadily fell under Andy Summers’s influence throughout the eighties as the Police scored hit after hit over the course of five very successful albums. As a direct result, modulation and delay pedals practically flew off the shelves of music stores everywhere, giving a major kick in the pants to a burgeoning effects industry and companies like MXR, Boss, and Electro-Harmonix, all of whom received significant benefits from their associations with the Police guitarist. It was the beginning of a new kind of textural rock guitar playing, one whose influence remains as strong with us today as ever. 11 11