Dire Straits’ lead guitarist Mark Knopfler shared a video on his official Instagram page from an old interview revealing details about the time when he first started making music and also the backstory of his first-ever guitar.
As many of you may know, Mark Knopfler is widely known for being one of the best guitarists, in fact, he was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone’s list of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.’
Four-time Grammy Award winner guitarist started making music at a very young age of 15. However, Knopfler’s breakthrough happened once he and his younger brother David Knopfler co-founded Dire Straits.
Recently, Mark Knopfler shared a video from an old interview with ‘Music Legends’ back in 1997 on his official Instagram page revealing the story behind his first guitar. Apparently, his father could not afford a Fender Strat, therefore he had an imitation one.
Furthermore, Knopfler stated that his first guitar had to be electric and also red. While telling the story behind it, he also revealed that the guy who sold his first guitar to him gave him brilliant advice and stated that he should stick at it.
Here is what Mark Knopfler said in the video:
“When I was a kid when I was 15 all I wanted to do is to be a blues guitar player. I remember when I went to get my first electric guitar. My first guitar had to be electric and had to be red. My dad could not afford a Fender Strat, it was an imitation one. The old guy who sold it to, just said to me as I was going out of the shop, he said, ‘stick at it.’ Brilliant advice, a real genius.”
Here is what Knopfler said in the caption section:
“‘My first guitar had to be electric and had to be red’ – Mark reminisces about getting his first guitar when he was 15, in an episode of the 1997 TV program ‘Music Legends’.”
You can see the Instagram post below.