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Carlos Santana’s Gear

Carlos Santana's Gear

Carlos Santana is a very accomplished musician who infuses a latin style with rock and fusion. He emerged in the 1960’s and since then has won 10 grammy awards. His signature style and tone is sought after by many.

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Guitars:

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  • PRS Santana II – Santana uses PRS models as his main guitars which also include other Santana signature models
  • Toru Nittono Nylon Electric – A custom built guitar by luthier, Toru Nittono
  • Gibson SG Special – Used in the 60s’ and 70s’ and at Woodstock music festival
  • Gibson Les Paul Standard – Switched to Les Paul in 1972
  • Gibson LS-6 – Santana used the LS-6 in the late 70s’
  • Fender Stratocaster (lefty) – Used in 1975. Santana occasionally used other strats in his career.

Amps:

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  • Mesa-Boogie King Snake – Santana’s signature amplifier based off his boutique snake-skin Mesa Boogie 100-watt combo.
  • Dumble Overdrive Reverb – He plays through two Dumble heads
  • Budotone Universal Tone – Santana also plays through two of these
  • Mesa-Boogie Mark I

Effects:

Carlos Santana Pedalboard

  • Pete Cornish LD-1 Line Driver
  • Pete Cornish AC Powered 3 Way Signal Splitter / Muter – for control of different amps
  • Pete Cornish Acoustic Preamp DI
  • Peterson Strobe Effect Rack
  • Real McCoy Custom RMC4 Wah
  • TC Electronic D-Two Delay Effect Rack

Other Gear:


Sources: Premiere Guitar / Rig Rundown, Santana Website, Gibson Article, Rolling Stones Article (strat), V-Picks


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