Gear on album Golden heart

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Guitars

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Amps and effects on this album

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Track 1 – Darling pretty

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – lead – center channel

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstyleGibson les Paul Standard 58 or 59
neck
standardcompression/limiter, reverb
no info available

Guitar two – rhythm- left channel

Mark Knopfler [100%],  strummedAcoustic guitar
standardreverb

Guitar three- rhythm- right channel

Richard Bennett [100%],  strummedAcoustic guitarstandardreverb

Guitar four- lead licks – center channel

Comes in at 01:09

Paul Franklin [100%], SlidePedal Steel Guitar

Openreverb
no info available

Guitar five- rhythm – center/right channel

Pan position about 1:00

Features in intro only

Donal Lunny [100%], StrummedBouzouki

?reverb

 

 

Track 2 – Imelda

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – lead – center/ right channel

Pan poistion about 2:00

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstyle,
Gibson les Paul Standard 58 or 59neck
standardreverbno info available

Guitar two – rhythm- left channel

Comes in at 00:17

Richard Bennett [100%],  fingerstyleAcoustic guitarstandardreverb

 

 

Track 3 – Golden heart

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – lead – right/center channel

Pan Position about 2:00

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstylePensa Mk 2? or the ‘Another Pensa (Like the MK2 but with hardtail), or Schecter Stratocaster CAR S8218 ? Or Fender Stratocaster #68354 ?
bridge + middle or neck + middle
standardcompression/limiter, reverbno info available, Crate ?

Guitar two- rhythm – left /center channel

Pan Position about 10:00

Richard Bennett [100%],  fingerstyleAcoustic guitar
standardreverb

 

 

Track 4 – No can do

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – riff/lead – center channel

Pan Position about 2:00

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstyleGibson les Paul Standard 58 or 59neck
standardcompression/limiter, reverbno info available

Guitar two – riff /rhythm- left channel

Comes in at 00:18

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstyleNational steel guitar,1937 Style O or 1928 TriconeOpenreverb

Guitar three – lead licks- center/left  channel

Pan position about 11:00

Comes in at 1:00

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstyleStratocaster ?middlestandardcompression/limiter, reverbno info available

 

 

Track 5 – Vic and Ray

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – lead – center channel

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstyle + whammy barPensa-Suhr black (like on tour) ?middle
standardcompression/limiter, reverbno info available

Guitar two -rhythm- center/right channel

Pan Position about 2:00

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstyleAcoustic guitarstandard
reverb

Guitar three-rhythm- right channel

Richard Bennett [100%],  fingerstyleAcoustic guitarstandardreverbno info available

Guitar four- rhythm- left channel

Comes in at 00:19

Richard Bennett [100%],  fingerstyle/strummedTelecaster ? Grestch ? Stratocaster ? Pensa ??standardreverb, tremolono info available

Guitar five- lead licks – center/left channel

Pan position about 11:00

Comes in at 00:16

Paul Franklin [100%], SlidePedal Steel Guitar

Openreverb
no info available

Related blog posts:

Mark Knopfler chord shape of Vic and Ray and for a lick in Money for Nothing live intro

 

 

Track 6 – Don’t you get it

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – lead / riff – center/right channel

Pan Position about 2:00

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstyleGibson les Paul Standard 58 or 59neck
standardcompression/limiter,reverbno info available

Guitar two – riff – left channel

Comes in at 00:29

Richard Bennett [100%],  strummedTelecaster ?bridge
standardtremolo, reverbno info available

 

 

 

Track 7 – A night in summer long ago

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – rhythm- center channel

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstyleAcoustic guitar ? National steel guitar,1937 Style O or 1928 Tricone (like on tour)??reverb

Guitar two- rhythm- right channel

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstyleAcoustic guitar

 

 

Track 8 – Cannibals

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – rhythm- center/right channel

Pan position about 1:00

Mark Knopfler[100%],MK fingerstyleSchecter Telecaster metallic red S8703bridge + neckstandardreverbno info available

Guitar two- lead/rhythm- center/left channel

Pan position about 11:00

Mark Knopfler[100%],MK fingerstyleGibson les Paul Standard 58 ou 59neck
standardreverbno info available

Guitar three-rhythm- left channel

Richard Bennett [100%],  strummedAcoustic guitarstandardreverb

 

 

Track 9 – I’m the fool

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – lead – center channel

Comes in at 1:39

Mark Knopfler[100%], MK fingerstyleFender Stratocaster sunburst 54 “Jurassic Strat”
middle
standardreverbno info available

Guitar two -rhythm -right channel

Mark Knopfler [100%], strummedAcoustic guitarstandardreverb

Guitar three- rhythm – left channel

Richard Bennett [100%],  strummedAcoustic guitarstandardreverb

Guitar four- lead licks – center channel

Comes in at 0:38

Paul Franklin [100%], SlidePedal Steel Guitar

Openreverb
no info available

 

 

Track 10 – Je suis désolé

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – rhythm/lead – center/right channel

Pan position about 1:00

Mark Knopfler[100%], MK fingerstyleAcoustic guitarstandardreverb

Guitar two – lead 2- center/left channel

Pan position about 11:00

Sonny Landreth[100%], fingerstyle, bottle-neck
National Steel guitar
Openreverb

Guitar three- rhythm – center channel

Comes in at 0:52

Richard Bennett [100%], fingerstyle or strummed ?
Tiplé

?reverb

 

 

Track 11 – Rüdiger

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – lead – center channel

Comes in at 0:58

Mark Knopfler[100%], MK fingerstyleGibson les Paul Standard 58 or 59or Pensa Shur MK1neck
standardcompression/limiter,reverbno info available

Guitar two – rhythm – center/left channel

Pan position about 11:00

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstyleAcoustic guitarstandardreverb

Guitar three- rhythm – center/right channel

Comes in at 0:16

Pan position about 2:00

Richard Bennett [100%],fingerstyleAcoustic guitarstandardreverb

Guitar four- lead licks – left channel

Comes in at 0:14

Paul Franklin [100%], SlidePedal Steel Guitar

Openreverb
no info available

 

 

Track 12 – Nobody’s got the gun

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – lead – center channel

Comes in at 0:09

Mark Knopfler[100%], MK fingerstylePensa-Suhr MK I or Schecter Stratocaster CAR S8218 ? Or Fender Stratocaster #68354 ? middle + bridge or middle +neck
standardcompression/limiter,reverbno info available

Guitar two – rhythm – right channel

Mark Knopfler[100%], MK strummedAcoustic guitarstandardreverb

Guitar three- rhythm – left channel

Richard Bennett [100%],strummedAcoustic guitarstandardreverb

Guitar four- lead licks – center/left channel

Pan position about 11:00

Comes in at 0:56

Paul Franklin [100%], SlidePedal Steel Guitar

Openreverb
no info available

 

 

Track 13 – Done with Bonaparte

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – rhythm/lead licks- center channel

Mark Knopfler[100%], MK fingerstyleFender Stratocaster #68354 ? or Schecter Stratocaster CAR S8218 ?middle + bridge or middle +neckstandardcompression/limiter,reverbno info available

Guitar two – rhythm -center channel

Mark Knopfler[100%], MK fingerstyleNational steel guitar,1937 Style O or 1928 Triconeopenreverb

Guitar three- rhythm – center/left channel

Pan position about 11:00

Donal Lunny [100%], StrummedBouzouki

?reverb

 

 

Track 14 – Are we in trouble now

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – lead – center channel

Mark Knopfler[100%], MK fingerstyleGibson les Paul Standard 58 or 59neck
standardcompression/limiter,reverbno info available

Guitar two – rhythm – right/center channel

Comes in at 4:06

pan position about 2:00

Mark Knopfler[100%], MK fingerstyleStratocaster ? Telecaster ?middle or bridgestandardreverb, chorus ?

Guitar three- rhythm – left/ center channel

Don Potter [100%],strummedAcoustic guitarstandardreverb

Guitar four- lead licks – center channel

Paul Franklin [100%], SlidePedal Steel Guitar

Openreverb
no info available

 

 

Bonus track 1 – Gravy train

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – lead  1 – center channel

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstylePensa-Suhr MK1 (like on tour) ?middle+ bridge + mid-boost ?
standardcompression/limiter, reverbno info available

Guitar two – lead 2 – left channel

Sonny Landreth[100%], fingerstyle, bottle-neckStratocaster ?Open
reverb

Guitar three-rhythm- center channel

Richard Bennett [100%], strummedAcoustic guitarstandardreverbno info available

Guitar four- lead 3 – right channel

Paul Franklin [100%], slidePedal Steel Guitar?Openreverbno info available

Related blog posts:

The 6/#9 chord – Mark Knopfler’s Train Chord

 

 

Bonus track 2 – My claim to fame

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – lead – center channel

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstyleGibson les Paul Standard 58 or 59neckstandardcompression/limiter, reverbno info available

Guitar two -rhythm- right channel

Mark Knopfler ?Acoustic guitarstandard
reverb

Guitar three-rhythm- left channel

?Acoustic guitarstandardreverb

 

 

Bonus track 3 – Tall order baby

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – riff 1 – left channel

Mark Knopfler [100%], pick ?Fender Stratocaster #68354 ? or Schecter Stratocaster CAR S8218 ?
middle + bridge

 

standardcompression/limiter, reverbno info available

Guitar two- riff 2 – right channel

Mark Knopfler [100%], pick ?Fender Stratocaster #68354 ? or Schecter Stratocaster CAR S8218 ?
middle + bridge

 

standardcompression/limiter, reverbno info available

Guitar three-rhythm- left channel

Mark Knopfler ? strummedAcoustic guitarstandard
reverb

Guitar three-rhythm- right channel

? strummedAcoustic guitarstandardreverbno info available

 

 

Bonus track 4 – What have I got to do

MusicianGuitarPick-upTuningEffectsAmp

Guitar one – lead – center channel

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstyleGibson les Paul Standard 58 or 59neck
standardcompression/limiter, reverbno info available

Guitar two -rhythm- left channel

Mark Knopfler [100%], MK fingerstyleFender Stratocaster #68354 ? or Schecter Stratocaster CAR S8218 ?middle + bridgestandard
reverbno info available

Guitar three-rhythm- right channel

Mark Knopfler ? strummedAcoustic guitarstandardreverb

Guitar four- rhythm- left channel

? strummedAcoustic guitarstandardreverb

Guitar five – lead licks – center channel

Paul Franklin [100%], SlidePedal Steel GuitarOpenreverbno info available

 

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23 thoughts on “Gear on album Golden heart

  1. i think rüdiger lead have a very low speed chorus with about 80% depth, so the higher tones are closer to the original Knopfler tone
    the guitar amp microphone picks up some reflection from the room in the 20-25 ms range and we can simulate this acoustic effect with a delay stompbox
    when you separate the center channel from the original recording without master reverb, you can hear booth described effect and can test with your guitar gear setup

    good luck
    garlok

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  3. Hi Ingo.
    I think Rudiger is played with the Pensa MK1. The “Emg sound” is very clear for me.

    cheers

    1. I don’t think so. I remember Mark saying that from mid 90ies, he used the pensa only for clean or crunch tones (sultans, telegraph, Romeo end solo, etc…) but nevermore for overdriven tones.
      There is an exception with Vic and Ray on the black Pensa, but if memory serves, all other songs with saturated tones are played on the Les Paul.

      more, he had the pensa MK1 on tour for sultans, telegraph and Romeo, so I guess that if it was this guitar used on the Rûdiger studio version, he would have played this song on the same guitar on tour too.

      But of course, we will never be 100% sure.

      1. Hi,

        I´m talking about the studio version.
        Live he uses the LP 58′.
        During the GH Tour, he changed the Mk1 for the Mk2 on several songs.
        Because he was tired of the ‘active sound’
        I am 100% sure about the Pensa on the Record.

        Sorry my poor english.

        Cheers!

        1. Yes I know you were talking about the studio version, I was talking about it too 🙂

          On the tour just after an album release, Mark usually (even if there are some exceptions) plays on the same guitar as the studio version, unless he doesn’t bring the guitar with him on tour.
          during 96 tour, he had the MK1 for Sultans and Telegraph (MK2 was for Golden heart id memory serves), so if he had used the MK1 on Rüdiger studio version, I can’t see why he would have played it live on the LP58, just few months later.

          And indeed, he was tired of the active sound, that’s why at this time he decided to use LP for saturated tones, and Pensa only for clean-crunch tones (sultans and TR).
          From mid 90ies, Mark returned to vintage guitars and amps, and ditched most of the time (but not always) pensa and soldano.

          But of course, it’s just speculation, its’ not a 100% sure theory.

          I have to listen to the studio version again, but I don’t remember any “special” tone on this song. The overall tone on this album is mainly LP, but there’s the Vic and Ray exception, so maybe you’re right ? I doubt we will ever know for sure…

          and don’t worry about your english, mine is quite bad too 🙂

          Ingo ? suggestion(s) ? 🙂

        2. I would also vote for the Les Paul, mainly as this was his tool of choice for all fat sounds at that period.
          BTW, Mark used the active lead cable a lot around this time so it does not make much sense to say he was tired of the active sound. All his guitars were active so to say…

        3. Hi,

          I remember an article from a music magazine from 1996 which had a list of Mark’s equipment for GH (studio and tour). According to this article he didn’t use a Les Paul or a Pensa Suhr for the recording of GH. I think in the list were some of his old Strats (the 54′ sunburst, the red 1961 and I think the white Strat that he used for ‘The Bug’ on OES), the only Gibsons that were mentioned were a ES 330 and a J45 acoustic guitar. If I remember it correctly he also used his Steve Phillips acoustic guitars on the recording. As for amps I remember the Fender Vibrolux, the Marshall JTM45 and his Marshall 4×12 cabinets being in the list.

          I think that that there is some information missing, I can clearly hear the Les Paul on Imelda, Darling Pretty, Are We in Trouble now and on some other songs. The same goes for the Pensa Suhr guitars which were (in my opinion) used for Vic and Ray (the black one) and Gravy Train (MK 1). And I am also pretty sure that he used his Soldanos and Crate amps besides the Vibrolux and JTM 45 in the studio, too. It would be very interesting to know when we can hear which amp and if the Crates were only used for clean sounds or for overdriven sounds, too.

          Anyway, my guess for Rüdiger is the ES 330 because I think the sound is a bit ‘lighter’, the Les Pauls sound a bit darker in my opinion. But as I said this is just what I think it could have been a completely other guitar, too.

          Best wishes

        4. Hi there,

          First of all, sorry my poor english.

          I heard Rudiger again.
          Please listen the song after 4:50. Those licks sounds are ‘pure Pensa’ with a different tone.
          The EMG-85 has a ‘high top sound’ very perceptive. Obviously, the Black Pensa sounds different from the Pensa MK1 (technical explanations is not the point here).
          I think the MK1 is much better.
          So i can hear the similarities from the EMGs with Vic and Ray solo at 2:40 and When It Comes to You middle solos.
          Les Paul with active cables can be heard on ‘You And Your Friend’
          ES-330 its totally off!

          My guess continues with the Pensa.

          Best Wishes!

        5. thanks for the info Wizzard 🙂
          I didn’t know Marks had a 335 in 96, I thought he had one only around the STP album recording

        6. Arthur, the LP on you and your friend is out-of-phase PU, not sure about active cable

        7. Hi,

          I couldn’t find any information when he got his semi-hollow Gibsons but it is possible that he already had the ES330 back in 1996. My guess for Rüdiger is a semi-hollow guitar anyway ;-).

          Best Regards

  4. Hi,

    One thing i know is the Golden Heart album was recorded in 2 parts.
    The first part during 1993. Mark was finished the album and couple of months after he give up.
    He starts to make new songs and finished the album in 1995.
    He dropped some songs and replace for others.

    In some cases i can hear witch songs was recorded before 1993 and 1995

    I believe Rudiger, Vic and Ray, Are We In Trouble Now, Bonaparte and Golden Heart are from 1993.

    Imelda, Darling Pretty, No Can Do, is clearly from 1995 (my opinion)

    And you guys? agreed?

    cheers
    And you guys

    1. Yes I think you’re right. I think that musicians credits can valid this.
      I believe that my claim to fame is also from 93.
      I added the Pensa MK1 on list of possible guitars on Rüdiger 🙂

  5. Thanks!

    I believe that ‘Gravy Train’ is also from 93.
    Probably ‘Je Suis Désolé’ is from 93… both songs are recorded with Sonny Landreth.
    So ‘I am the Fool’ too
    I think you´re right about ‘My Claim to Fame’
    The song atmosphere is totally different from the rest of the ‘Wag The Dog’ album.

    Secondary Waltz is from 93 i think.

    best wishes!

    1. Yes, several sessions. If I remember correctly, the musicians for each show are credited. This should be a good hint which songs were from which session.

  6. Hi there.

    I believe that ‘Golden Heart’ song was recorded with the ‘Pensa Mk 2’ or the ‘Another Pensa (Like the MK2 but with hardtail)’

    I remember it from the ‘Night in London’, but listening the album, the pups not sounds like a Fender or Schecter, and its not active. So i stay between these 2 pensas.

    Cheers

  7. Hi Arthur,
    I modified the page and added the 2 guitars you mentioned, but of course with a question mark, because we will never be 100% sure.

    My guess was between the pensa MK1 (because used on tour) and the CAR schecter strat (because seen on videoclip), and the 61 strat (because of Mark’s taste to return to vintage gear at that time) but you seem to be very pointy about pensa sounds, so I rely on your guess. 🙂

    cheers

  8. ah yes you are right, he used the MK2 on tour, not the MK1. My memory from the gig I saw in 96 isn’t very accurate….it’s not always easy to get older…
    So I removed the MK1 from the possible guitars, and put the MK2 in the first choice.
    I let the schecter because of the video clip, but maybe was it more a gimmick, for the iconic red color.
    and I let the 61 strat, well just because it’s my fav 😉

    1. Hi there!
      …it’s not always easy to get older… rsrsr… Relax, getting older = knowledge.

      About GH song, I heard a little delay, maybe added during the mix.
      For me, guessing the amplifier used on this song is almost impossible, but i vote the Crate one.

      Best wishes!

  9. Does anybody know which amplifier was used for Darling Pretty in the studio? Sounds very similar to the sound of A night in London. Was it Soldano SLO100 ? How to find out about it? I’ve read many articles about three different amps like SLO100, Jim Keley or even Trainwreck or JTM45. For sure Rudiger or Vic And Roy is SLO100 (I own this amp and it sounds the same, but I’m not sure what about Darling Pretty which sounds a little bit different.

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