From 1987 to 1992 Mark Knopfler played on guitars that are from Rudy Pensa in New York City. The first guitar was created by John Suhr who now is at Fender Guitars. These were called Pensa-Suhr.
Anyway we have published posts about Pensa guitars and connection that Mark had with these guitars. He still has Pensa guitars in his collection.
This was Mark’s main guitar for many years… the first big concert that he used this guitar on was at Nelson Mandel’s 70th birthday in 1988. This guitar is fitted with a quilted maple top and EMG pick-ups. It has an active tone control.
This is Black Pensa-Suhr guitar, also with EMG pick-ups. Knopfler got this guitar somewhere between 1987 and you can hear it on “Let It Be’ (Ferry Aid) or on Vic and Ray on the 1996 tour.
Mark got this guitar at the time of ‘Golden Heart’. He played this song on it on his last tour. It has a mahogany back, a flamed koa top and three single-coil pickups (Lindy Fralin ’54).