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Pensa Guitars MK-1 Classic Plus Amber Knopfler Spec #0836

Includes Hard Case

What we say:

At A Glance:

The Pensa Guitar name really took off  after Mark Knopfler adopted one of his custom builds as his guitar of choice. A good friend of Rudy Pensa, the guitars original blueprint was said to be drawn on a napkin and has since developed into one of the most iconic custom-built guitars of all time; the Pensa MK-I Classic. Notoriously difficult to get your hands on, the MK-I Classic represents an incredible feat of guitar engineering and production. A true beauty in both looks in sound, it's no mystery why these coveted guitars are so sought after.

This guitar is built to closely match that initial custom order from Mark Knopfler himself, from the gorgeous quilted maple top to the EMG pickups. In particular, this very guitar is one of the first since Mark's very own original to feature a direct body-mounted humbucker!

Features We Love:

One Of A Kind

Between the distinctive figured woods, top drawer hardware and electronics, and the sheer fact that Mr Rudy Pensa only makes a limited amount of guitars a year, this guitar is truly unique, and instantly stands out from any crowd.


This guitar features some truly gorgeous woods, including a truly stunning quilted maple top, handsome East Indian Rosewood fingerboard, and a resonant mahogany body.


The SAX neck and middle pickup is an active single coil pickup loaded with an Alnico V bar magnet that has an unmistakable Strat™ sound: bright, airy, with a rich bottom end. With internal shielding and a low impedance preamp, you get a virtually noiseless pickup without sacrificing a true single coil tone.

Loaded with Alnico V magnets, the humbucker sound is rich, warm and powerful, but still clear and articulate, similar to the 85. The single coil mode, accessed via the included push pull pot, delivers the traditional Strat single coil sound: bright, airy, and chimey, and is very similar to the EMG SA.


  • Practically unique - no one else will have the same guitar
  • Handpicked by guitarguitar
  • Features the highest quality materials available
  • One of Rudy's first guitars with a direct-to-body mounted humbucker since Mark Knopfler's original

What's Included:

  • Pensa Guitars MK-1 Classic Plus Amber Knopfler Spec
  • Pensa hardshell case


Featuring EMG SAX neck and middle pickups and an EMG 89X in its bridge, the MK-I was built for a versatile tone. Ranging from a clear, bright single coil tone reminiscent of a Strat, to a creamy, warm jazzier tone with plenty of clarity, this is an instrument that could accommodate and impress pretty much any style of player. With a maple neck, a one piece figured maple top and a chambered mahogany body finished in Amber with ivoroid binding; it looks just as stunning as it sounds. Subtly finished off with gold coloured hardware and also featuring a 5-way pickup selector, volume, tone with push-pull to allow for single coil mode on the 89X, these MK-I are an absolutely breathtaking piece of engineering.

Body Chambered Mahogany w/ Quilt Maple Top
Neck Maple
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard East Indian Rosewood w/ 1/4" Mother of Pearl Face Dot Markers
Scale 25.5"
Radius 10" - 12" Compound Radius
Frets 22 x Dunlop 6105
Nut Schaller R2 Locking
Nut Width 1 5/8"
Pickups EMG SAX Ivory Neck & Middle, EMG 89X Ivory Top Mount
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone with Push/Pull (EMG 89X in singlecoil mode when pulled), 5-way-selector
Bridge Schaller Locking
Tuners Gotoh 381


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