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and a list of hotels in the area, please visit www.pensa-family.com.
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regarding guest artist, Richard Bennett, please visit
Please visit the
Rudy's Music Stop website at www.rudysmusic.com.
Guitars & Friends" concept stems from the passion
of some Italian collectors for these custom made guitars and
from their friendship with Rudy Pensa, probably the most famous
electric guitar luthier in the world over the last 25 years.
Rudy Pensa, a native of Argentina, opened "Rudy's Music
Stop" on 48th Street in New York City in 1978. Today,
he is known worldwide and his hand-crafted electric guitars
have become the preferred instruments by some of the world's
most famous guitar players, notably Mark Knopfler whom Rudy
met in the 1980s during the height of Dire Straits' fame.
In 1985, Rudy and Mark Knopfler came up with the design for
what has become one of the most sought after custom-made guitars
in the world, the Pensa "MK-1".
These guitars are not only the product of the very highest
craftsmanship but also of a genuine passion for the instrument
itself. They have earned 'cult' status among guitar collectors
due to their fine quality and limited numbers. Not surprisingly,
today they are very valuable and sought after instruments
which feature prominently in any quality publication on the
history of electric guitar.
It was from the love of this wonderful and exquisite instrument
that the idea to celebrate a "Pensa Guitars and Friends
Day" was born. In September 2004 collectors, enthusiasts,
Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler's fans, will be able to come
together to attend a marvelous exhibition of Pensa guitars,
assembled from collectors all over the world. There will also
be the opportunity to meet Rudy Pensa himself who, mingling
among visitors, will tell stories of a life dedicated to the
world of music. And if that wasn't enough, there will be a
two-hour blues and rock concert featuring Steve Phillips (Notting
Hillbillies), Richard Bennett (member of Mark Knopfler's current
band, the "96'ers"), Chris White (Dire Straits),
and support band Solid Rock (the MK/DSKnopfler tribute band
led by Marco Caviglia, approved and recommended by the Mark
Knopfler News official web-site).
Now in its third year, the idea for the "Pensa Guitars
& Friends" was formulated in July 2002 during three
charity gigs that Mark Knopfler held in London. Mark himself
so appreciated the idea that he gave his support by loaning
his "Pensa-Suhr MK-1" (serial no. 001) for the guitar
exhibition in 2002, the legendary guitar which was firstly
played during the Rock Concert for Nelson Mandela at the Wembley
Stadium in June 1988. In 2003 we were fortunate to again have
Mark's support with the loan of his MK-2 and the Pensa guitar
he played on the Neck & Neck collaboration with the sadly
missed Chet Atkins.
The first and second Pensa days were highly successful, attracting
large numbers of people and featured by several newspapers,
in guitar magazines such as Guitar Club, and on TV by Italian
National News Television (RaiNews24). This success now spurs
us on to renew our efforts with the organization of the third
"Pensa Guitars & Friends" day. This is an event
we hope will become a truly annual international affair, in
the sure and certain knowledge that it will be a meeting where
you will experience the joy and the enthusiasm of people coming
from all over the world
Marco Caviglia/Valerio Barbantini