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Mark Knopfler Fender Stratocaster

 Mark Knopfler  Stratocaster
Mark Knopfler Strat

The Mark Knopfler Stratocaster is American made that is apart of the Fender artist series. It was first introduced in July of 2003 and is made to the specs used by the Dire Straits guitarist (and vocalist). This guitar has many vintage Strat features like the lightweight ash body and vintage tinted 1962 ‘C’-shape neck profile.

The body is made of lightweight Ash. Ash was used in the earlier Strats until about mid 1956 because it was easier to work with, had a more consistent appearance, and cost less. They were used mainly on the Blonde models. Back in those times the necks where hand made. The bodies where made by gluing 2 or 3 pieces of ash together and then cutting the body shape using a band saw. They were then hand sanded or were sanded using a drum sander. The color is hot rod red finished with nitrocellulose lacquer as was used back in ’57. The pickguard is 3-plyl with 11 holes in it. Up until around 1959 the pickguard was fasten to the body using 8 screws. In 1959 they started using 11 screws. The pickguard may appear to be white but it’s actually ‘Mint Green’. The white colored pickguards would change to this color after a number of years. Also if you look closely at it you’ll notice that it’s actually white-black-white. The bridge is the American vintage synchronized tremolo.

The second generation 25.5 inch scale length neck is made of maple and has a rosewood fretboard. It’s been tinted to look likes it’s over 40 years old. The radius is slightly smaller (more curved) than most Strats at 7.25 inches which is better for chord playing. Most strats have a 9.5 inch radius neck. It has the smaller headstock with Gotoh vintage style tuners. The neck profile is the more modern ‘C’-shaped neck profile also with a nitrocellulose lacquer finish. The 21 medium jumbo frets are nickel silver. At the top of the neck you’ll find the Mark’s signature. You’ll also find that the Fender decal is the transitional version which is larger in size than the earlier decals but also has the spaghetti look to it. These decals were usually found on Strat necks from the mid to late ‘60’s. The Fenders made between 1959 and 1965 are considered pre-CBS. Many of them had a rosewood fretboard is glued on top of the maple neck which is also called a two-piece neck. There were some problems with the earlier versions of the neck warping due to the different expansion rates of the two woods.

The electronics are in pure and simple with a master volume control and a tone control for the neck and middle pickups (the bridge pickup is not affected by the tone controls). The pickups are Texas Special Strat types which have over-wound Alnico 5 magnets. The enamel coated magnet wire along with the Alnico 5 magnets increases the output of the pickups. They’re louder than most a have plenty of midrange, high end and well defined bass tones. The pickup selector is a 5-way wired in the standard configuration.

Features

  • '57 lightweight ash body
  • '62 C-shaped maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Texas Special single coil Strat pickups
  • 5-way switching
  • Fender/Gotoh vintage style tuners
  • American Vintage synchronized tremolo
  • Hot Rod Red Finish
  • 21 Jumbo Frets
  • 25.5" Scale Neck
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Dot Inlays and Transitional Decal

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