Mark Knopfler’s 1937 National Style “O”

Mark bought this guitar in 1978 from Steve Phillips, whom he met in 1969 working as a journalist for The Yorkshire Evening Post. Eventually, the two became close and started playing together in local pubs under a stage name “The Duolian String Pickers”.

The guitar is best known for being featured on the cover of Dire Strait’s 1982 album Brothers in Arms. Most notably, he used it on the studio recording of “Telegraph Road” from the 1982 album Love over Gold, and on “Romeo and Juliet” from the 1980 album Making Movies.

Brothers in Arms (1985)
Brothers in Arms (1985)

As can be seen in the above photo, Mark retrofitted this guitar with an L.R. Baggs transducer.


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