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Brazilan rosewood and German authorities

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Brazilian rosewood is one of the greatest woods for fingerboards. Unfortunately this tropical tree – Dalbergia nigra – is  on the CITES list of endangered species so that strict restriction were put on trading this wood in 1992, the reason why Brazilian rosewood was found on many vintage guitars but hardly on new guitars (which often use Indian rosewood as a substitute).    Vintage Guitar Show cancelled Germany’s biggest vintage guitar show which was planned for the coming weekend (November 3/4) has been cancelled for legal reasons that have to do with this wood. What happened? German authorities (the Bundesamt für Naturschutz) released an anouncement (German language) about Brazilian rosewood last year that explicitely explains how to deal with any items, like guitars, that contain […]

Dire Straits/ Mark Knopfler live pictures and videos

Clips from Guitar Stories

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******************* Update: Soon after Sky Arts aired  Guitar Stories, the full video appeared on youtube:   ******************* As most fans will already know,   Sky Arts 1 will broadcast Guitar Stories on October 16 at 10pm  (some more info on Guitar Stories’ facebook page). Presented by John Illsley, Mark talks about his most important guitars. In addition to the first trailer, a few more preview clips appeared recently which I put together for you here: Trailer: Clips 1 – 4: The National Style-O 1961 Fender Stratocaster Hofner V2 Another clip, with the 1958 Les Paul, cannot be embedded. You can watch it directly on youtube.

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Talking Heads live in 1978 – Encores with Mark Knopfler and John Illsley

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It is always a nice surprise to see “historic” pictures or recordings appear from the very early Dire Straits era. This time no pictures but a recording from the Talking Heads tour in early 1978  – to be precise ,  from February 5 at the Greyhound Croydon. This was the last gig of the Talking Heads tour on which Dire Straits were the support band, 5 days after the gig in Leeds which is – with the exception of the song Eastbound Train that was recorded live in 1977 and released as b-side of the Sultans of Swing single –  the first existing Dire Straits live recording. On this Talking Heads recording, Mark appeared on two encore songs It seems a third one – Gloria […]