Pensa-Suhr
Brand Pensa-Suhr
Type Prototype Pensa-Suhr
Year 1984
Serial number 001
Additional info
In 1984, Rudy Pensa started a cooperation with his new employee John Suhr who was working on his own guitars. Rudy and John started making guitars under Pensa-Suhr name. According to the book "The official guitar styles of Mark Knopler - Volume 1",  this is a 'prototype' Pensa-Suhr and the first guitar John Suhr built under the Pensa-Suhr name.

John Suhr contacted me in July 2011, mentioning that the guitar was made from Structural Foam, not wood on the body. It was an experiment and Mark liked it. And John corrected that it was not the first guitar that was built under the Pensa-Suhr name like the book mentions.

Mark Knopfler used it on Two young lovers during the On every street world tour 1991-1992. Click here for a closeup.

 

Brand Pensa-Suhr
Type 'Mark Knopfler Special', later called Pensa-Suhr MK1
Year 1986
Serial number 014
Additional info The guitar was used on Let it be (Ferry Aid, 1987), Water of love with The Notting Hillbillies in 1990, Vic and Ray and Water of Love during the Golden heart tour in 1996. Mark used the guitar also when he was touring with Eric Clapton in 1987-1989. This guitar was also used on an advertisement for Pensa-Suhr and used in numerous magazines from that time. See two nice magazine covers here. And click here for another nice picture.

 

Brand Pensa-Suhr
Type MK1
Year 1988
Serial number 001
Additional info Hand built by John Suhr in de late eighties, a guitar with an interesting story. The guitar first debuted in public during the Prince's Trust gala on 5th & 6th June 1988. Just a week later, it was used on the Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday concert in 1988 and it was Mark's main guitar from 1988 until 1993. Heavily used during the On every street world tour 1991-1992 and also used on a couple of songs during the Golden heart tour in 1996.

Click here for a picture of this actual guitar and its original flighcase and here for a picture of the guitar displayed during the Pensa Guitars Day 2002 - Pieve Santo Stefano, Italy, 6th September 2002.

Click here and here for a picture of this actual guitar during the Pensa Guitars & Friends Days, Orvieto, Italy, 17th - 19th September 2004.

 

Brand Pensa-Suhr
Type Unknown
Year 1988
Serial number Unknown
Additional info
The guitar was used on Randy Newman's Land of dreams album and Mark Knopfler also used it to play some promotional work together with Randy Newman in 1988. Click here for another picture of the same performance (Saturday Night Live, 20th October 1988) and here for a picture of a performance with Randy Newman on Sunday Night (6th November 1988). 

 

Brand Pensa-Suhr
Type MK-1
Year 1989
Serial number 900424
Additional info John Suhr contacted me in July 2011, mentioning that the Neck and Neck guitar was made out of a Koa Body, Trans Red and a Pau Ferro neck. "It was not actually built for Mark but we sent it to him for Neck and Neck and he used it on some performances." The guitar was at least filmed in the Poor boy blues video.

John Suhr also compared this guitar to the previous one in this list (the Pensa-Suhr used on the Land of dreams album). John said: "I'm not convinced that picture is the same guitar." Personally, I have the same doubts since it looks as if the headstock of that guitar is darker (black). So, I decided to list them both as different guitars.

This is the last guitar built for Mark Knopfler under Pensa-Suhr name. In March 1991 John Suhr left the company and his name was removed from trademark. Rudy Pensa continued making Pensa guitars and Suhr started his own company making Suhr guitars.

Click here for a picture of this actual guitar displayed during the Pensa Guitars & Friends Days, Orvieto, Italy, 17th - 19th September 2004.

Click here for a picture of this actual guitar displayed during the Pensa Days, Formello (Rome), Italy, 24th - 26th November 2006.

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