Inside Mark Knopfler's Live and Studio Rig

What's in Mark Knopfler's rig? We asked his longtime guitar tech, Glenn Saggers.
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Knopfler sits with his 2011 “Blue” Pensa Custom

Knopfler sits with his 2011 “Blue” Pensa Custom

Back in May, Mark Knopfler raised eyebrows when he became the latest convert to Kemper's line of profiling amps. That's just one part of the Dire Straits legend's rig though, so what about the rest of it?

To answer that very question, we asked Knopfler's longtime tech, Glenn Saggers. Here's what he had to say:

“For the recording of Down the Road Wherever (Knopfler's latest solo album),” Saggers said, “we used three signature Stratocasters, along with Mark’s vintage Strats. He also relied on his custom Pensa guitars, his signature Les Pauls, a Grosh Electrajet and a Danelectro 59 DC tuned to open C and set up for slide. All electric guitars are strung with D’Addario XL110s, except for one Strat, which is strung with D’Addario XL115, and the Danelectro, which is strung with D’Addario EJ21.

“On tour, we’re using Kemper Profilers. We carry two, the main unit and a backup, and both are powered via a Furman Power Conditioner to avoid power spikes. Mark’s amps were profiled at British Grove studios over a period of months, and then those profiles were refined during band rehearsals.”

Knopfler's new solo album, Down the Road Wherever, is available now.