Gretsch
Brand Gretsch
Type 6120
Year 1957
Serial number Unknown
Additional info Mark used this guitar on stage on Red staggerwing during the All the roadrunning tour 2006 together with Emmylou Harris.

According to an interview with Richard Bennett in Vintage Guitar Magazine from June 2006, Mark owns more 1957 Gretsch 6120 guitars, one was used by Richard Bennett on the Shangri-La tour.

The lower picture is taken by Guy Fletcher and part of the pre-January 2007 recording diary of the Kill to get crimson album and shows three 6120 models on the front row. In case all of these guitars are Mark's, he has even got three of them!

All guitars will most likely be from 1957, concidering some specific details that are featured on the various releases of this guitar. Since the guitars do not feature the G-branded logo on the body and all guitars have the
“hump-block” fretboard markers, it indicates that they are actually from 1957.

In an interview for the Vintage Guitar magazine (February 2014), Mark revealed that this guitar is indeed from 1957.

 

Brand Gretsch
Type 6121
Year Unknown
Serial number Unknown
Additional info I don't know on which album(s) this guitar is used or when it was used for a live performance. Click here for a magazine picture which shows a bit more of the guitar and here for another photo.

 

Brand Gretsch
Type 7690 Super Chet
Year Unknown
Serial number 84055
Additional info This guitar was given to Mark by Chet Atkins. Mark used the guitar on Heart and soul on Willy DeVille's album Assassin of love (1987). I have no picture of Mark with the guitar. This picture with Jack Sonni is taken from the Brothers in arms tour book.

 

Brand Gretsch
Type Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
Year 1967
Serial number Unknown
Additional info 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 guitar, including this Chet Atkins Country Gentleman.

The guitar can also be seen on another photo in that magazine; it's on the top row of guitars, fourth from the right.

During the  to Philadelphia tour 2001, Guy Fletcher created a diary for the fans to share his day by day experiences on the road. On 23rd April 2001, Richard Bennett wrote a piece about several guitars he used on that tour, one of them being this Chet Atkins Country Gentleman. Click here to read that small article to find out that this is actually Mark's own guitar.

 

Brand Gretsch
Type Country Club 6193
Year Unknown
Serial number Unknown
Additional info The picture on the left was taken by Guy Fletcher during the recording sessions at British Grove Studios, February 2014. The guitar indicated with the red arrow is a Gretsch Country Club 6163.

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