GIBSON INCORPORATED, KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN, 1958
GIBSON INCORPORATED, KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN, 1958
GIBSON INCORPORATED, KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN, 1958
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GIBSON INCORPORATED, KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN, 1958

A HOLLOW-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, ES-350T

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GIBSON INCORPORATED, KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN, 1958
A HOLLOW-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, ES-350T
The logo Gibson inlaid at the headstock and labelled internally Style ES-350 / Gibson GUITAR T / Number A 28510 is hereby / GUARANTEED / against faulty workmanship and materials / Gibson INC. / KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN / U.S.A. and ink stamped T5293 18, of a sunburst finish, together with an original hard-shell case, a set of used strings and manufacturer’s hang tag
Length of back 21 1⁄8 in. (53.7 cm.)
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Mark Knopfler plans to donate no less than 25% of the total hammer price received, to be split equally between The British Red Cross Society (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 220949, Scotland with charity number SC037738, Isle of Man with charity number 0752, and Jersey with charity number 430), Brave Hearts of the North East (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 1006247) and the Tusk Trust Limited (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 1186533).

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Specifically searching for a Gibson ES-350T model, as played by one of his earliest musical influences - rock and roll legend Chuck Berry, Mark Knopfler purchased this guitar from Rudy Pensa in the mid-1980s. Interviewed by Neil McCormick for The Telegraph in 2012, Knopfler recalled: ‘I fell in love with songs when I was very, very small. Chuck Berry made a huge impression, where the rhythm of the lyrics is as important as the music, there’s a ricocheting effect.’ As a music-mad teen, Knopfler saw Chuck Berry live at Newcastle City Hall in May 1964, later noting to journalist Joe Jackson, ‘I knew I was going to see something good, but I was completely mesmerised,’ and jesting that he has been known to do Berry’s duckwalk on occasion. Knopfler elaborated on the significance of Berry’s influence in 2014, telling Vintage Guitar magazine: 'I have always thought in terms of the transatlantic nature of music. My idea of heaven is somewhere where the Mississippi Delta meets the Tyne. What I wanted, from the very first album with Dire Straits and songs like ‘Sultans Of Swing,’ was to write my own geography into the American music that shaped me, to identify the English, Irish, and Scottish landmarks on Chuck Berry’s Road.'

When producing American singer songwriter Willy DeVille’s 1987 album Miracle, which was recorded at AIR Studios London in early 1987, Knopfler used this Gibson ES-350, played through a Fender Vibrolux, to record his solo pass on DeVille’s Van Morrison cover 'Could You Would You?'.

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