Mark Knopfler’s 1980s Schecter Dream Machine (Sunburst)

This was Mark’s second most used Schecter guitar during the 80s. There were actually two nearly identical sunburst Schecters, one of which was stolen in the early 80s, and the other one becoming its replacement.

Mark with the sunburst Schecter Dream Machine in 1985.
Mark with the sunburst Schecter Dream Machine in 1985.

Both guitars were finished in sunburst and featured brass pickguard, one-piece maple neck, and three Schecter F500T pickups. The first Schecter which was stolen had dot inlays on the fretboard, and the jack socket was on the front of the body, while the second one had no inlays and the jack plate was on the side.

Mark used the first Schecter on the Making Movies album in 1980 after which it was stolen, and he used the second one up until around 1986 next to his red Schecter just for the song “Tunnel of Love”.

A piece was posted in a local newspaper regarding the theft. All credit for finding this goes to

He ended up selling the second guitar at an auction in 2004 and donated all the profits to Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre in Antigua.


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