But it just didn’t sit with me – and to give this full context, this was way back – mid-80s, when Knopfler was probably a very big deal on the back of Money For Nothing and Brothers In Arms. Each contains an intriguing interview with Knopfler (full of interesting information that is particularly enlightening on his writing method), numerous color photographs, and superior transcriptions of some of his most famous works. The guitar I’ve been playing more than any other over the past few years is a D-18 Martin from 1935. All rights reserved. BA1 1UA. Tangled Up In Blue (with Mark Knopfler on guitar) : 5. “Money for Nothing” features a roaring, distorted riff, while the guitarist employs a softer touch, using a resonator guitar, on “Romeo and Juliet.”. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Not entirely sure why – I’ve always been a fan. But anyone hoping to crib detailed notes from the Knopfler school of guitar tone is in for a disappointment, he reveals. Mark and band performing "Sultans Of Swing" live at an exclusive Prince's Trust event at London's Hurlingham Club on the 9th September 2009. This guitar was used from 1980 to around 1987 when Mark switched to Pensa-Suhr guitars, although he did pick it up occasionally in the 90s. Ingo Raven at mk-guitar.com is probably most on point. Mark used this guitar extensively on the 2004 album “Shangri-La”, both in studio and on the live tour. It is supposedly the 59th Stratocaster ever made. GroundGuitar counts on your criticism and feedback. This handmade, limited edition collectible is available exclusively through MarkKnopfler.com and is a 1:4 scale replica of Mark’s iconic 1958 Les Paul signature. He still owns this guitar and plays it live occasionally. It was his first guitar, and at that time he couldn’t afford an amplifier so he played it through a family radio instead. One accurate tab per song. Mark’s father bought this guitar for him in 1964 for 50£ when Mark was just 15 years old. 1. Soon after that, perhaps because finding out that his Strat wasn’t genuine, Mark stopped playing it altogether and moved onto Schecters and other guitars. (Read the full story on mk-guitar.com). It was presumably one of the earliest models to feature sunburst finish – a design change from the usual gold-top finish introduced in July 1958. Mark usually keeps heavier strings on it – probably D’Addario .012s, and he most often uses an actual pick when he plays this particular guitar. This is one of Mark’s favorite acoustic guitars, at least according to an interview he gave to VintageGuitar.com. Introducing The Legends Series Mark Knopfler 1958 Les Paul signature replica guitar. There’s of course a possibility that he owned two different red Schecter at that time, one of which had the original black pickups – but that’s just pure speculation. Used for a brief period of time live during the Golden Heart tour. To Ramona (with Mark Knopfler on guitar) : 3. Mark Knopfler's ability to create simple but strong sounding chord progressions has become a staple part of his guitar sound over the years. The first Schecter which was stolen had dot inlays on the neck, and the jack socket was on the front of the body, while the second one had no inlays and the jack plate was on the side. This book and its companion "Mark Knopfler Guitar Styles, Volume 1" are the two best Mark Knopfler or Dire Straits songbooks ever published. Mark Freuder Knopfler was born on 12 August 1949 in Glasgow, Scotland to an English mother and Hungarian Jewish father. Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. This particular model was supposedly something that John worked out prior to Rudy and Mark ever meeting, and the guitar was only modified to fit Mark’s needs and wishes following the input Rudy took from Mark during the infamous meeting at a coffee shop. A brown-tolex Vibrolux made in the mid 60s, used since the first album for clean tone. Mark is one of those guitarists who keep most of their effects in the rack during a live setting, meaning — he mostly lets his guitar tech take care of them. Mark bought this guitar in 1978 from Steve Phillips, with whom he met in 1969 working as a journalist for The Yorkshire Evening Post. This guitar was made by Rudy Pensa (John Suhr parted ways with Pensa in 1991, so he was not involved in making this guitar), and featured mahogany back with flamed koa top finished in dark shade of orange, and three single-coil pickups – allegedly custom-made by Lindy Fralin. This is the first Mark Knopfler signature Martin, made for a short period of time in 2002. Guitar World is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. His amp choices range from Fender, Marshall, Music Man, Mesa Boogie and Soldano. John used mahogany as a basis for the body, one-piece carved maple as a top, and brazilian rosewood as a fretboard material. Mark used the first Schecter on Making Movies album in 1980 after which it was stolen, and he used the second one up until around 1986 next to his red Schecter main just for the song “Tunnel of Love”. A total of around 250 guitars were made. Used in the recent days,next to his old Vibrolux and Soldano. The Official Website of Mark Knopfler. He used this volume pedal in the early days, but now he’s using the Ernie Ball Volume Pedal. The guitar features sitka spruce top, and Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Mark Knopfler Signature model was discontinued in 2013. This Stratocaster was bought sometime prior to Dire Straits first album released in 1978. “I remember standing outside music stores with my nose pressed up against the glass, just staring at those electric guitars,” he told Peoplemagazine in 1985. This Monteleone was made for Mark by John Monteleone, guitar builder from New York. There were actually two nearly identical sunburst Schecters, one of which was stolen in the early 80s, and the other one becoming its replacement. He used it first on the tour for his solo album Golden Heart released in 1996. We’d love to stay in touch, sign up for the Guitar World team to contact you with great news, content and offers. As a member of Dire Straits, and as a solo artist, Mark sold over 120 million records worldwide, and has won 4 Grammy Awards. If you’re looking for a similar sound through a pedal, Henretta Orange Whip Compressor would be a good start. – Soldano SLO 100 Used only on the first album. 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