Martin
Brand Martin 
Type D-42
Year 1945
Serial number Unknown
Additional info Mark used this song live for Who's your baby now and Speedway at Nazareth during the Sailing to Philadelphia tour 2001.

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 Martin D-42.

 

Brand Martin 
Type HD-40 MK Signature Edition
Year 2001
Serial number Unknown
Additional info All the songs on The ragpicker’s dream were written on this guitar, as were several songs on Shangri-La and All the roadrunning. The guitar was released as a limited edition, just 251 ones were made. Mark Knopfler's unique signature is inlaid in mother of pearl on the neck of the guitar. On 24th January 2001, the dinosaur species Masiakasaurus knopfleri was found and named after Knopfler by paleontologist Scott Sampson and his crew because they were listening to Dire Straits recordings when they discovered the species. Nice detail of this Martin guitar is that the neck block has laser-etched dinosaur Masiakasaurus knopfleri on it.
 

Mark received the first prototype on 25th July 2001, the guitar went in production in January 2002.

 

Brand Martin 
Type 000-40S "Ragpicker's Dream" Signature Edition
Year 2006
Serial number Unknown
Additional info Each 000-40S Mark Knopfler “Ragpicker’s Dream” Signature Edition has an interior label personally signed by Mark Knopfler and Martin Chairman C. F. Martin IV and is numbered in sequence with the edition total, as well as a special “Ragpicker’s Dream” designation laser etched on the neck block. The guitar was released as a limited edition, just 155 ones were made. Mark Knopfler's unique signature is inlaid in mother of pearl between the 18th and 20th frets. Inside, you can also find the name Ragpicker's Dream.
 

Click here for a photo where you can see Mark with his new signature Martin acoustic being photographed by Simon Tutchener, the lighting designer from the All the roadrunning tour. The photo was made during Production Rehearsals for that tour, May 2006.


Mark used this guitar on stage for Marbletown and to play Privateering.

 

Brand Martin 
Type Size 5 Mini Martin
Year 2006
Serial number Unknown
Additional info This is a Size 5 Mini Martin (Terz 12-Fret) made by C.F. Martin & Co. Mark used this guitar on the recording of Remembrance Day for the Get lucky album (2010). The screenshot on the left is taken from that actual recording session. It can also be seen on the Tracker EPK and is pictured on the litho print in the Tracker box-set.

The guitar is one of a run of just 295 made.

 

Brand Martin 
Type D-18
Year 1935
Serial number Unknown
Additional info This guitar is featured on some promotional pictures for the Get lucky album and the screenshot on the left is taken from the Privateering EPK. Mark Knopfler got this guitar as a present from his friend Paul Kennerly. Vintage Guitar magazine (February 2014) published a nice photo of this guitar. It can also be seen on the Tracker EPK and is pictured on the litho print in the Tracker box-set.

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