John Suhr
Brand "Not really a specific brand" (built by John Suhr)
Type Custom built guitar mainly from Schecter parts
Year 1985
Serial number Unknown
Additional info
John Suhr contacted me in July 2011, mentioning that it was him who built this guitar. It's not a Fender body like most think, the Fender decal on the headstock makes that misleading. Click here to find more details about this guitar, taken from an interview with John Suhr in 1986.

During the Brothers in arms tour, Mark used this guitar in 1986 for Sultans of swing, Waltzing Mathilda and Going home. Mark also used this guitar to play Expresso love at the David Letterman show, 30th September 1985 and on The bug (studio and live) during the On every street tour 1991-1992. Later, Mark used it again for some versions of Let it all go during the Kill to get crimson promotion tour in 2007 (see left photo).

The guitar was also featured in a lot of magazines. Click here for two nice magazine covers and here for a seperate photo. In 1991, a miniature model of this guitar was made for the Calling Elvis video clip.

 

Brand "Not really a specific brand" (built by John Suhr)
Type R Custom
Year 1984
Serial number Unknown
Additional info
John Suhr contacted me in July 2011, mentioning:
"The "R Custom" was built before we used Pensa-Suhr, it was never a "Pensa Guitar". I built and painted that one myself and did all the Synclaviar electronics."

This is probably the first guitar built for Mark by John Suhr. The guitar was used (it controlled a Synclaviar) on So far away on the Brothers in arms album. Also Mark used this guitar during the Brothers in arms 1985-1986 tour on Ride across the river and Why worry.

Click here for a nice magazine cover featuring Mark with this guitar. And click here and here for some rare pictures of Mark with this guitar, on stage together with Bob Dylan, Melbourne, 19th February 1986.

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