Mark Knopfler is one of the most influential guitarists and band leaders in history of rock music, especially from `70s-`80s period, when he lead the legendary Dire Straits. His signature model is one of the most sought after among numerous Fender Artist series guitars. It comes with a solid, double cut body made of ash. It`s flat and covered with a white pickguard against the Hot Rod Red color scheme with high gloss finish. Bridge section features a vintage synchronized tremolo bridge with chrome plating and string-through-body construction. Pickups are passive single coils, Texas Specials, to be exact. Master volume, two tone knobs and a five-position blade switch comprise the controls unit. Maple neck is bolted, equipped with C contour and topped with a 21-fret rosewood fingerboard.


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Body Shape Strat®
Body Type Solid Body
Body Wood Ash
Bridge Tremolo
Bridge Pickup Type Single Coil
Middle Pickup Type Single Coil
Neck Pickup Type Single Coil
Controls Volume
Controls Tone
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fret Size Medium Jumbo
Fingerboard Inlays White Dot
Hardware Chrome
Neck Joint Bolt-on
Neck Shape C-shaped neck
Neck Wood Maple
Number of Frets 21
Number of Pickups 3
Number of Strings 6
Pickguard Yes
Pickup Switch Type 5-Position Blade
Tuners Fender
Tuners Gotoh
Finish Gloss
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Body Shape
Strat®
Strat®
Body Type
Solid Body
Solid Body
Body Wood
Ash
Alder
Bridge
Tremolo
Tremolo
Bridge Pickup Type
Single Coil
Single Coil
Middle Pickup Type
Single Coil
Single Coil
Neck Pickup Type
Single Coil
Single Coil
Controls
Tone/Volume
Tone
Fingerboard Material
Rosewood
Rosewood
Fret Size
Medium Jumbo
Medium Jumbo
Fingerboard Inlays
White Dot
White Dot
Hardware
Chrome
Chrome
Neck Joint
Bolt-on
Bolt-on
Neck Shape
C-shaped neck
C-shaped neck
Neck Wood
Maple
Maple
Number of Frets
21
22
Number of Pickups
3
3
Number of Strings
6
6
Pickguard
Yes
No
Pickup Switch Type
5-Position Blade
5-Position Blade
Tuners
Fender/Gotoh
Schaller
Finish
Gloss
Gloss
1 User Review

GG Roberto on 2010-06-25 14:52:48

While this is a fine Strat, I feel that it is not much different than your American Standard model which costs much less. The Texas Special pickups are good for blues and rock but they lack that sweet sparkle that makes strats sing. I also felt that a one color finish of red was not a good choice. It's obviously made well but most strats are...even Squier brands. I would like to see a maple fretboard too ala the early Dire Straits sound. A Rosewood fretboard plus Texas pickups equal a dark tone. These Artist Models IMHO are way too expensive for your average player. You can buy a Squier Stratocaster and put in better pickups and come closer to the original Mark Knopfler sound. Mark Knopfler can make any guitar sound great. It's a good looking guitar if you can afford it.

Fender Mark Knopfler Stratocaster 4.54 out of 5 based on 73 ratings

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