Guitars

Mark Knopfler Signature Strats vs. 1964 Stratocaster

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In the videos below we were comparing two Mark Knopfler Signature Strats to a 1964 Fender Stratocaster, also in red (fiesta). Talking about red, note that one of the signature Strats is in the ‘wrong’ colour the very first ones came with, while the other one is the normal hot rod red. It is always interesting to hear how different three Strats will sound, even Strats of exactly the same […]

Easy stuff for beginners

Nice: Fender online guitar tuner

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Today I was on the Fender website and accidentally found a nice little tool there: the online guitar tuner. When you click on one of the six tuners of the peghead, the software will play a sample of the corresponding note, played with a clean Fender sound. There are some very useful options: loop on or off (the note will be played again and again in loop mode), and you […]

Vintage guitars

How to identify an original pre-CBS Fender Stratocaster body

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I often read threads in forums about how to check if a certain part on a Fender vintage guitar is original or not. Of course there are countless books and websites which show many details that help to do so. However, there is one particular detail which is only rarely mentioned: the ‘dowel holes‘ on those old Fender bodies (I am not talking about ‘nail holes’ here!) Dowel holes If […]

Guitars

Features and specs of a ’61 Vintage Stratocaster

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Mark Knopfler’s “Sultans” Strat (ser.-no. #68354) is from 1961. The second red Fender Strat he played with Dire Straits (ser.no #80470) was from about the same period (apart from the question in how far it was original Fender at all). For this reason I put together a table to give you a survey about the distinctive features that are different on a 1961 Strat compared  with earlier or later Strats. […]

Guitar in general

Red – redder – the reddest: fiesta, dakota, candy apple, hot rod, and more Fender colours

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A red Stratocaster has always been one of THE rock’n’roll logos – something that started with Hank Marvin, guitarist of the Shadows, who had the first red Strat in England. He started a desire for exactly this guitar among thousand of English kids in the early 60ies, one of these was a kid named Mark Knopfler. In fact it was rather coincidence that Hank Marvin got a red Strat: he […]

Guitars

Dream Guitar album on Strat-talk.com – real or fake?

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Today I surfed into the Strat-Talk.com forum where I found a photo album with 12 famous dream guitars. Among these were some Strats and Teles of David Gilmour, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, and three guitars of Mark Knopfler (the red Schecter Strat and Tele, and the red Fender), all in the same high resolution. The question: Are these real or are they fakes? You can use the comment function to […]

Amps

Amps and Gear on the Dire Straits Bootleg Leeds 1978

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The bootleg Dire Straits – Leeds – January 30 (31?), 1978 is one of the earliest Dire Straits live recordings (actually the only earlier live recording is  only one song – Eastbound Train from the Hope & Anchor pub, London, December 1977). This bootleg concert was recorded about one week before the recoding sessions for the very first Dire Straits album. This gig was the last of a short England […]

Guitars

Early Dire Straits: Which of the two red Fenders was used in which concert?

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Before Knopfler changed to the Schecter Strat in 1980, he played two red Fender Strats with Dire Straits, one with a rosewood finger board (SN 68354) , one with maple (SN 80470). Rosewood Strat (68354) Maple neck Strat (80470) with white pickguard Maple neck Strat (80470) with the greenish pickguard of the rosewood Strat Have you ever wondered which of these guitars was used on which of the many bootleg […]