Mark Knopfler gear

The Peavey Deuce VT – David Knopfler’s amp with Dire Straits

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This blog post is not about a Mark Knopfler amp but still has a clear connection to Dire Straits: the Peavey Deuce VT was the amp that David Knopfler played on stage with the band between 1978 and 1979, and thus contributed to the band’s unique sound.   The Peavey Deuce VT was built from 1978 to the early eighties. Before, a similar model called Deuce (without the VT) was […]

MK guitar style and licks

Dire Straits – Where do you think you’re going – spontaneous cover on acoustic guitar

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Today I was jamming a bit on the acoustic guitar and still had the camcorder ready from the last video yesterday, so I simply let it run a bit and recorded this sponatneous version of Dire Straits’ “Where do you think you’re going”. If you wonder about the sound or even about the string bending on the acoustic – check out this old blog post about the string gauge on […]

Guitars

Demoing pickup combinations of the Schecter style pickguards

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Here is a youtube video that demonstrates some of the 36 possible pick-up combinations of our loaded Schecter-style pickguards. Each pick-up can be switched to the full or tapped coil which means a fat sound or a vintage-like sound. This way you will not only get new combinations that are not possible with the standard 5-way switch like bridge & neck or all three PUs, but you can also mix […]

MK guitar style and licks

The bridge section between Expresso Love and Down to the Waterline on the Making Movies tour

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This blog post is about the 50 seconds instrumental part that bridged the two songs Expresso Love and Down to the Waterline on the Making Movies tour (aka On Location tour) of Dire Straits in 1980/81. I always admired this part, especially how it transferred the energy of the ending of Expresso Love to the ‘foggy mood’ of the Down to the Waterline intro. For all who don’t know this […]

Misc

Click track on the 2010 Mark Knopfler tour

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We already knew from Guy Fletcher’s forum that on stage the band plays  some songs to a click track – a metronome only the musicians (or at least drummer Danny Cummings) could hear on their inear monitors – but we could only speculate which  songs these were. A click track means a steady beat at a 100% constant tempo while without there are normally little tempo changes going along with […]