Fender
Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year 1961
Serial number 80470
Additional info
It was Mark's main guitar from 1977 until 1979. The guitar was used on the Dire Straits (1978) and Communiqué (1979) albums.

And you can see it in the videos of Sultans of swing, Wild west end, Lady writer and on various live shows like for example Rockpalast 1979.

Mark does not have this guitar anymore, it was auctioned for a charity.

 

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year Unknown
Serial number Unknown
Additional info
I have no further information on this guitar, except that it was played and signed by Mark Knopfler and later displayed, probably for an auction.

Click here for another picture on which the sign is sharp enough to read. It says:

"This guitar was signed by Mark Knopfler in 1989. He played it during a concert at the Sky Dome, and donated it after the show. May 5, 2001 - The Rosemont Theater".

I never heard of a concert at the Sky Dome, so to me it is unknown from which date that concert is. I assume that the guitar was played and signed in 1989, but apart from charity shows in Egham and Newcastle, I don't know other shows Dire Straits played that year. I also don't see the connection with the Rosemont Theater, except that Mark played at that venue on 5th May 2001 during the Sailing to Philadelphia tour.

Unsure if this is the famous #80470 model from 1961 that was auctioned for a charity, but I don't think so.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year Unknown
Serial number Unknown
Additional info
According to this article, this candy-apple red Fender Stratocaster was used on Mark's work on Local Hero and was played on the track Why worry.

The guitar was also played by Mark at a charity concert for M.S. Therapy Centre Middlesbrough, 17th May 1997 and could be won in a prize draw. Mark himself drew the winning ticket out of a box onstage and the lucky winner (Richie Holmes) got it from Mark himself after the show in the dressing room. Click also here to get details of that concert.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year 1961
Serial number 68354
Additional info
The guitar was bought second-hand and had a 'natural wood' finish but was repainted in red by Steve Phillips. It is the second Stratocaster used from 1977 until 1980. Later, it was used for the studio recording of the song On every street (1991) and Mark used the guitar on What it is during the Sailing to Philadelphia tour in 2001. This guitar was the basis for the Fender Stratocaster Mark Knopfler Signature Edition.

Click here for a picture of the early 80's which clearly shows the damage of the paint of this actual guitar. And click here for a nice magazine cover featuring Mark with this guitar.

The Japanese magazine The guitar featured a great article in 2001 listing all of Mark Knopfler's guitars which he used on the Sailing to Philadelphia tour 2001. The article featured seperate photos of each of these guitars. Click here for a photo of the Fender Stratocaster from 1961.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year 1954
Serial number 059
Additional info
1954 was the first year of mass production for the Fender Stratocaster. Stratocasters from this year are highly sought after and consequently extremely hard to get and very expensive. Mark's guitar is from the third month of manufacture. Mark Knopfler got this guitar from his friend Paul Kennerly, and he calls it the "Jurassic Strat".

The guitar was used on You don't know you're born (2002), Everybody pays, Summer of love, Our Shangri-La (2004), The car was the one, Remembrance Day (2009). On tour, Mark used it for songs like I'm the fool, So far away, Our Shangri-La and Skydiver.

The Japanese magazine The guitar (2001)featured a nice photo of this guitar. Vintage Guitar magazine (February 2014) also published a nice photo.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster - Mark Knopfler Signature Edition
Year Unknown
Serial number Unknown
Additional info Mark Knopfler and his band joined Bob Dylan for a series of shows around England and Europe in autumn 2011. Mark opened the show followed by a set performed by Bob Dylan. On various shows, Mark also played guitar on some of Dylan's songs. Most of the time with his old Les Paul but on some tracks Mark used a Fender Stratocaster with Lipstick-Pickups.

The pictures on the left are taken during Forever young, played on the last day of this joint tour. It was the the final track of Dylan's set with Mark Knopfler on guitar and vocals. Recorded at Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK, 21st November 2011. According to Guy Fletcher, it is one of Mark's own guitars. The pickups were put in by Seymour Duncan. It's the guitar that Mark warms up on in the dressing room each night. Click here for a close-up of the Lipstick-Pickups (not Mark's actual guitar).

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year Unknown
Serial number Unknown
Additional info
Mark used this white Fender on the recording of Chet Atkins and Friends, 1st and 2nd May 1987. This guitar has black elements and black knobs. Click here for another picture.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year 1965
Serial number Unknown
Additional info
Mark Knopfler bought this guitar in September 1999. The guitar was used on Sailing to Philadelphia on the Sailing to Philadelphia album. The guitar was also used in the promo concerts in 2000 and on Sailing to Philadelphia during the Sailing to Philadelphia tour 2001. On the Privateering tour 2013, Mark used it to play Gator blood. On the Tracker tour, it was used to play Mighty man.

The Japanese magazine The guitar featured a great article in 2001 listing all of Mark Knopfler's guitars which he used on the Sailing to Philadelphia tour 2001. The article featured seperate photos of each of these guitars. Click here for a photo of the Fender Stratocaster from 1965.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster - Mark Knopfler Signature Edition
Year 2003
Serial number SE 00000 / SE 00001
Additional info
In July 2003, Fender released a Mark Knopfler Signature Edition of the Stratocaster, made to Mark Knopfler's specs. Mark uses this guitar on stage since the Shangri-La tour in 2004. Nice detail of the guitar is that it features Mark's signature on the headstock.

On tour, Mark uses more of these Signature Edition Stratocasters on stage, so there are more serial numbers, but at least Mark has the very first one ever made with this unique five zero serial number. Click here for a nice add that was part of the Shangri-La tour programma.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year Unknown
Serial number Unknown
Additional info Mark Knopfler and band performed a charity show in London on behalf of the Prince's Trust at The Hurlingham Club on 9th September 2009. Mark used a Fender Stratocaster that looks new, but which has Fender Custom Shop Logo on the headstock instead of the MK Signature. The only red one I know of which he still has without his signature, is the Strat from 1961, but the guitar on the show looks new. So, it's unclear for me if this guitar is Mark's or just one used for this show only.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster - Mark Knopfler Signature Edition
Year Most likely 2009
Serial number SE 06406
Additional info
On 12th September 2009, Mark Knopfler, Guy Fletcher, Luke Brighty and John McCusker performed at a private, invitation only fundraising event for the Pallant House art gallery in Chichester. Mark played one of his own MK signature Strats during the show and this actual guitar has been auctioned on Ebay to raise funds for the gallery. It raised an amazing £6,300 which went to the Pallant House Gallery Appeal Fund. See one more picture (taken by Guy Fletcher) of this actual guitar during rehearsals at British Grove for several events: The Prince's Trust (9th September), Taratata (11th September) and finally the Pallant event on 12th September.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster - Mark Knopfler Signature Edition
Year Most likely 2009
Serial number Unknown
Additional info
News from November 2009: StarCards.org will auction a collection of signed Great Ormond Street Hospital playing cards by legendary & renowned guitar players from the 5th November 2009, including Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Steve Vai, Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Phil Hilborne, Neil Murray, Paul Carrack, Joe Brown, Scott Mckeon, and Ramon Diaz.

The highlight of the auction is a Fender Stratocaster Mark Knopfler signature model guitar donated by Fender UK and Bonnersmusic.co.uk of Eastbourne with a hard case as well as a unique display cabinet donated by Wallsoffame.co.uk. The Fender will be signed and personalised by Mark for the winning bidder and will be on display at Bonners until the 15th November. The auction starts on the 5th November and finishes 10 days later on Sunday 15th November.

It raised an amazing £7,100 and was personalised by Mark for the winning bidder in Canada.

So, not a guitar that Mark Knopfler owned and played himself before it was framed, but I thought it would be nice enough to list it here.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster - Mark Knopfler Signature Edition
Year Most likely 2011
Serial number Unknown
Additional info
On 19th May 2011, Mark Knopfler played at a special fundraising charity gig before an invited audience at the newly opened Corinthia hotel in London. The event was in aid of The Gender Rights & Equality Action Trust (GREAT). Among the highlights of the evening was the auction of Mark's guitar which he used on his performance. The guitar was sold for a very impressive £75,000!

A
s no photography was allowed during Mark's performance, I don't have any pictures of Mark and the actual guitar. The picture on the left shows an identical guitar. It's the official promo photo from Fender featuring the Stratocaster Mark Knopfler Signature Edition, dated from 2004.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year Most likely 2006
Serial number Unknown
Additional info On 9th March 2006, Mark Knopfler made a special appearance at a charity event, raising £20,000 in the process. The star-studded gala in aid of Starlight Children’s Foundation was hosted by comedian and playwright Ben Elton, and raised enough funds to fulfill the dreams of one hundred seriously and terminally ill children. The event took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane hotel.

Eighteen year old James Mayley was invited along to the evening to have his Starlight wish granted. James, a devoted Knopfler fan, has spent the last two years fighting a Ewing’s sarcoma. His wish was for a hot rod red, left-handed Stratocaster guitar. His day took an exciting and unexpected turn when his hero presented the guitar in person!

Knopfler then took to the stage in front of the 650-strong audience with an electron blue Standard Stratocaster guitar, raising £20,000 for Starlight Children's Foundation. The song he played on this guitar was Wild theme from his Local hero soundtrack.

The event, named The Starlight Ball, was a resounding success, raising over £300,000 for Starlight's seriously and terminally ill children.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year Unknown, most likely 2002
Serial number Unknown
Additional info Mark Knopfler used this pink Fender Stratocaster on 23rd July 2002. It was a charity show on behalf of Save the baby.

Mark used this guitar that evening to play Your own sweet way, What it is, So far away and Going home. After the concert, the guitar was signed by Mark and sold to raise extra money for the charity.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year Unknown, most likely 2002
Serial number Unknown
Additional info Mark Knopfler used this green Fender Stratocaster on 24th July 2002. It was a charity show on behalf of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Mark used this guitar that evening to play Your own sweet way. After the concert, the guitar was signed by Mark and sold to raise extra money for the charity.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year Unknown, most likely 2002
Serial number Unknown
Additional info Mark Knopfler used this blue Fender Stratocaster on 25th July 2002. It was a charity show on behalf of Leuka 2000.

Mark used this guitar that evening to play Your own sweet way, What it is and Going home. After the concert, the guitar was signed by Mark and sold to raise extra money for the charity.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year Unknown, most likely 2002
Serial number Unknown
Additional info On 1st December 2002, Mark Knopfler did a performance of Why aye man at the Aids-gala, Germany. After the song, Mark donated a Fender Stratocaster to be auctioned for the charity. In the show, he signed it to raise extra money. Mark says: "Well, I would like to give the gift of music to the good cause. I have a guitar, one of my Fender guitars, a guitar I loved very much." Well, in another broadcast you can see this same guitar again and see the cards hanging to the headstock, so I really think it's "just" a brand new guitar and not one of Mark's personal guitars. Anyway, I thought it would still be nice to list it here.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year Unknown
Serial number Unknown
Additional info Mark never used it this guitar himself. Guy Fletcher bought this brand new Mexican Fender Stratocaster as a gift for a friend and he liked to get Mark to give his appraisal. The guitar received the thumbs up from MK!

 

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year Unknown
Serial number Unknown
Additional info I found this picture on the internet, if I remember right I saved it from Guy Fletcher's site. Since the guitar has a rosewood neck, it's not the Jurassic Strat from 1954 or Guy's Mexican Stratocaster.

In case you have more details about this guitar, I would be happy to hear it so I can add it here.

 

Brand Fender
Type Stratocaster
Year Unknown
Serial number Unknown
Additional info On 2nd April 1984, Mark accompanied his brother David Knopfler onstage for David's song Madonna's daughter. Performed at the Ariston Theatre, San Remo, Italy. Click here and here for extra pictures.

 

Brand Fender
Type Telecaster Thinline
Year 1969
Serial number 226254
Additional info
This guitar is actually from David Knopfler, but Mark used it live on Water of love in the early days of Dire Straits and David used it on Wild west end. The Telecaster Thinline was originally a hollow-bodied guitar with f-holes. To make it look like a solid body guitar, the f-holes were later filled by Steve Phillips who also painted it black.

 

Brand Fender
Type Telecaster Custom
Year Unknown
Serial number Unknown
Additional info Mark Knopfler is pictured here with a black (?) Fender Telecaster Custom. Click here for another picture which shows a similar guitar in its entirety.

 

Brand Fender
Type Telecaster Custom
Year 1966
Serial number 178112
Additional info
This is Mark's sunburst Telecaster Custom. It was bought in the early days of Dire Straits (1977-1978). It was then played by David Knopfler.

Later Mark used this guitar on The Notting Hillbillies album Missing... presumed having a good time (1990) and live for That's alright mama with The Notting Hillbillies in 1990 and on Setting me up during the On every street tour 1991-1992.

Later, it was also played by Guy Fletcher on the live version of Why aye man. In 2013, Mark used the guitar again to play Father and son on the Privateering tour and Tracker tour. Click here for another nice photo of this guitar (right).

 

Brand Fender
Type Telecaster
Year 1954
Serial number 4545
Additional info
Mark used this guitar when touring with The Notting Hillbillies, and later it was also used for songs like A night in summer long ago (1996), Setting me up (1997, 1998, 1999), Prairie wedding (2001, 2010, 2013) and Belle Starr (2006).

The Japanese magazine The guitar featured a great article in 2001 listing all of Mark Knopfler's guitars which he used on the Sailing to Philadelphia tour 2001. The article featured seperate photos of each of these guitars. Click here for a photo of this Fender Telecaster from 1954.

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Brand Fender
Type Duo Sonic II
Year Unknown
Serial number Unknown
Additional info
This picture is taken by Guy Fletcher in British Grove Studios in May 2011. The Duo Sonic II is indicated by the red arrow. Click here for a better picture of a similar guitar.

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