Mark Knopfler’s 1969 Fender Telecaster Thinline

This guitar belonged to David Knopfler, but Mark used it himself occasionally as a slide guitar for “Water of Love”. This was of course in the early days, circa 1979.

Mark playing the black Telecaster in 1979.
Mark playing the black Telecaster in 1979.

The guitar was apparently originally a Telecaster Thinline with body cavities and was later modified by Mark’s friend Steve Phillips. Steve somehow filled in the f-hole and painted the whole thing black. Aside from that, the guitar had two standard Telecaster single-coil pickups and a mahogany body.


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