Mark Knopfler’s Silvertone 1452 Hornet

Mark used this guitar extensively on the 2004 album “Shangri-La”, both in the studio and on the live tour. It can be heard on songs such as “Boom Like That”, “Stand Up Guy”, and “Don’t Crash the Ambulance”.

Mark Knopfler playing his Silvertone 1452 Hornet in 2004.
Mark playing his Silvertone 1452 Hornet in 2004.


The guitar features a red sunburst finish, two single-coil pickups, and a tremolo bridge. This model was made by Danelectro and sold under the Silvertone brand. The initial concept was to sell the guitar bundled with a case that has an amp built into it – therefore offering an all-in-one solution. It was produced from 1962 to 1968, and it was recently re-introduced in 2008 in modified form as the “Dano ’63”.


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