Amps

More early Dire Straits pictures: unknown 1978 gig

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The late 70ies were long before the invention of the digital camera. There would be so many more pictures of all kind of events if everyone could take pictures as easily as today. As this was not the case, the majority of all pictures of rock bands from that time were taken by professional photographers who sold them to magazines or newspapers, making their pictures public this way. For this reason  I was sure that almost all of these pictures of the early Dire Straits era have by now appeared here or there in the web and that we won’t see many new ones anymore. It was a nice surprise that I lately found some pictures I have not seen before, like the one of […]

Dire Straits/ Mark Knopfler live pictures and videos

New picture of the Sultans Strat before being refinished to red

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Today I found a picture showing Dire Straits live in 1977, before they recorded their first album. At this time the famous red ‘Sultans’ Strat was not refinished to red yet but still had the bare wood finish in which Mark got it (probably earlier that year). There are a few pictures around that show the guitar with this finish but all of these are of rather poor quality (and all are only black and white). On only  one you can actually see a bit of the wood grain, and this only shows a part of the guitar. This picture now is by far the best available of the Strat with the wood finish. We can see that it already had the black volume knob […]

Amps

Jim Kelley amps – the FACS model used on the Brothers in Arms tour

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Jim Kelley  was a small manufacturer of boutique amps who started his business in the late 70ies. He started with only one amp model, a single channel amp with 6 tubes and just 3 knobs. The  later dual channel was still based on this model. Compared to other boutique amp that were favourits at that time – namely Mesa Boogie or Dumble – the Kelley amps followed a different approach. While the Mesa Boogies had lots of controls and options (various push/pull knobs, EQs, different gain stages etc.), the Kelley had just 3 knobs and followed the idea of having a simple signal path without any redundant components to obtain a pure and natural sound. While the Mesa Boogie made use of two different pre-amp […]