The Pensa MK-I is the flagship model that Mark Knopfler has been using for nearly 30 years. It pairs a Mahogany body, with either a Wild, Quilt, or Flame Maple top, and a 25.5" scale length.


Body, Hardware & Electronics

The MK-I features a carved figured Maple cap on a Mahogany body. Masked binding is included, Ivroid binding is available for an additional charge. We also offer the MK-I in a thinline model, called the 7th Avenue.

The MK-I comes standard with custom wound Lindy Fralin pickups. Other options are Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio, EMG and TV Jones. All MK-Is can have any pickup configuration you would like.

The S/S/S configuration includes a reverse wound pickup in the neck position rather than the traditional middle pickup. This allows for a tele-style pickup combination in the fourth selector position. We also add a push-pull knob so you can use the bridge and neck pickups in series in the fifth selector position, with the push-pull engaged.

Standard hardware includes a Hipshot bridge, Schaller or Gotoh machines and matching Q-Parts knobs. Bigsby vibrato and Floyd Rose systems are available at an additional charge.


Choice of Maple or Mahogany neck with a Rosewood or Maple fingerboard. 25.5" scale length and 22 Dunlop 6105 or Jescar EVO Gold frets. We offer a variety of neck shapes including C, D, V & U shapes in various thicknesses and tapers. Ivroid fingerboard binding is available at an additional charge.



Classic Option Package


The MK-I Classic is based off of Mark Knopfler's original Pensa. It features a Mahogany body, and a carved figured Maple top with Ivroid binding. Quartersawn Maple neck, with a Rosewood fretboard. HSS EMG's and a Schaller Floyd Rose bridge and locking nut are standard.