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Mark Knopfler's Guitar Amps

 

Mark Knopfler played different guitar amps over the years.

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1976

1977

1978

1979

1980-81

1982-84

1985-86

1987-1989

1990-1992

1996



chart with Soldano amp and effects settings from the On Every Street tour


1976

Selmer 2 x 12 tube amp with his pub band, the Cafe Racers

 

1977

brown Fender Vibrolux, early sixties,  one 12" speaker, about 30 Watts

He still has this amp and uses it occasionally.

related article from my blog:
Mark Knopfler’s Sultans of Swing amp - The brown Fender Vibrolux

1978

On album one:

no confirmed information available, but the following is at least likely (more or less conformed rumours)

Fender Twin Reverb, silver face

Roland Jazz Chorus

brown Fender Vibrolux, early sixties,  one 12" speaker, about 30 Watts
related article from my blog:
Mark Knopfler’s Sultans of Swing amp - The brown Fender Vibrolux

live:

January

Fender Concert Amp, blackface, 4 x 10" speakers

brown Fender Vibrolux, early sixties,  one 12" speaker, about 30 Watts

related article from my blog:
Amps and Gear on the Dire Straits Bootleg Leeds 1978
Mark Knopfler’s Sultans of Swing amp - The brown Fender Vibrolux

May 

Fender Twin Reverb, silverface

June

Fender Twin Reverb, silver face, with Marshall 4 x 12" cabinets

from October 1978

two Fender Twin Reverbs, silver face

or Music Man HD 130, 2 x 12", 130 Watts

 

1979

early 1979

Music Man HD 130, 2 x 12", 130 Watts

from spring on

two Music Man HD 130, 2 x 12", 130 Watts

from June on:

two Music Man HD 130, 2 x 12", 130 Watts, one with aluminium-cone speakers (like JBL D120 or K120)

 

1980-81

early 1980 (BBC Arena documentary)

two Music Man HD 130, 2 x 12", 130 Watts, one with aluminium-cone speakers (like JBL D120 or K120)

on Making Movies (album & tour)

two Music Man HD 130, 2 x 12", 130 Watts, with Marshall 4 x 12" cabinets

 

1982-84

Love over Gold album

Mesa Boogie heads with Marshall 4 x 12" cabinets with Electro Voice speakers

Marshall head

probably Music Man combo amp

live

Mesa Boogie heads with Marshall 4 x 12" cabinets with Electro Voice speakers

 

1985-86

Brothers in Arms album

Mesa Boogie heads with Marshall 4 x 12" cabinets with Electro Voice speakers

Marshall JTM on track Brothers in Arms
article from my blog: 
Mark Knopfler’s JTM 45 Marshall amp of Money for Nothing and Brothers in Arms

Jim Kelley combo amp with an EVM12L

live

Mesa Boogie heads with Marshall 4 x 12" cabinets with Electro Voice speakers

or Jim Kelly heads with Marshall 4 x 12" cabinets with Electro Voice speakers

 

1987-89

most likely same setup as before

Gallien & Krueger amps on the Willy DeVille album Miracle

from Randy Newman's Land of Dreams on:

Soldano SLO 100 with Marshall 4 x 12" cabinets, equipped with Electro Voice speakers

 

1990-92

live and studio:

two Soldano SLO 100 with Marshall 4 x 12" cabinets with Electro Voice speakers

on the album On Every Street some old Fender amps as well

 

1996

album Golden Heart

Soldano SLO 100 with Marshall 4 x 12" cabinets with Electro Voice speakers

brown Fender Vibrolux, early sixties,  one 12" speaker, about 30 Watts

Crate VC5212, 50 Watts, 2 x 12" speakers

live:

two Soldano SLO 100 with Marshall 4 x 12" cabinets with Electro Voice speakers

or

two Crate VC5212 with Marshall 4 x 12" cabinets with Electro Voice speakers

 

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