The Gear

Carlos Santana Signature Guitars from Paul Reed Smith

 

Santana SE One Abraxas

BODY: Mahogany

NECK: 25″ scale length mahogany 22-fret neck with rosewood fredboard, wide, fat shape, and peace symbol inlays at the 12th fret.

HARDWARE: PRS designed Stoptail bridge; PRS design tuners; nickel hardware, soapbar treble pickup, and volume control.

 

Santana I

BODY: Carved artist grade maple top with rippled abalone purfling and mahogany back

NECK: 24 1/2″ scale length mahogany 24-fret neck with Brazilian rosewood fretboard, rippled abalone bird inlays and headstock eagle. OM symbol inlayed on truss rod cover

Santana wide fat neck carve

HARDWARE: PRS tremolo, locking tuners, engraved anodized electronics cover plate, OM symbol

ELECTRONICS: Santana pickups with zebra bobbins, mini toggle selector, volume and tone control

 

Santana II

BODY: Carved artist grade flame maple top with rippled abalone purfling and mahogany back

NECK: 24 1/2″ scale length mahogany 24-fret neck with a Brazilian rosewood fretboard, rippled abalone bird inlays and headstock eagle.

Santana wide fat neck carve

HARDWARE: PRS Tremolo, locking tuners, engraved anodized electronics cover plate

ELECTRONICS: Santana zebra bobbin treble and bass pickups; volume and tone control with 3-way pickup selector

 

Santana MD Signature Model

BODY: Back Wood – Mahogany; Top Wood – Flame Maple Top Inlaid with Abalone Purfling; Top Option – 10 Top Flame Maple

NECK: Number of Frets – 24; Scale Length – 24 1/2″; Neck Wood – Mahogany; Fretboard Wood – Rosewood; Neck Shape – Santana Wide Fat; Inlays – Birds

HARDWARE: Bridge – Tremolo; Tuners – PRS Low Mass Locking Tuners; Truss Rod Cover – MD; Hardware Type – Nickel; Hardware Option – Gold; Treble Pickup – Santana MD Treble; Bass Pickup – Santana MD Bass; Pickup Switching – Volume and Tone Control with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector

ELECTRONICS: Mastering Voice Control [MVC]

 

Santana MD Signature Model

BODY: Carved maple top; flamed maple top veneer; mahogany back.

NECK: 22-fret one-piece “wide-fat” mahogany neck; rosewood fretboard with white perloid, old style PRS bird inlays.

HARDWARE: Treble and bass humbucking pickups; master volume and tone; three-way toggle switch; PRS tuners; PRS tremolo.

COLORS: Santana Yellow, Orange, and Black.

Amps & Cabinets

These days, Carlos combines the Boogie and the Dumble’s to get his unique sound. The Mark 1 runs through the 12′ Boogie cabinet and the Dumble’s run through the 4×12 slant and straight cabinets.

 

Mesa Boogie

“Honey Dripper Yellow” Premiere Flame figured Maple Cabinet (top left and top center). This is the same size and style cabinet that Carlos has been using on stage since 1973.

4×12 Slant Cabinet

“Honey Dripper Yellow” Premiere Flame figured Maple Cabinet (bottom left and bottom center). Cabinets made by Mesa Boogie.

4×12 Cabinet

“Honey Dripper Yellow” Premiere Flame figured Maple Cabinet (bottom right). Flour 12″ Tone Tubby Speakers with Hemp Cones. Cabinets made by Mesa Boogie.

Mesa

 

Dumble Overdrive Reverb — OD-100WR

Alexander Dumble built this amplifier in the mid-1970’s.

100-Watt Dumble with buil-in reverb; four Phillips 7581 tubes; three 12AX7 preamp tubes by Phillips; selectable 50-watt or 100-watt amp.

“Honey Dripper Yellow” Premiere Flame figured Maple body made by Mesa Boogie.

Dumble Overdrive Reverb

 

Dumble Overdrive

Built for Carlos Santana in 2007

100-Watt Dumble with buil-in reverb; four Phillips 7581 tubes; three 12AX7 preamp tubes by Phillips; selectable 50-watt or 100-watt amp.

“Honey Dripper Yellow” Premiere Flame figured Maple body made by Mesa Boogie.

Dumble Overdrive

 

Dumble Steel String Singer — 150-Watt

Built for Carlos Santana

“Honey Dripper Yellow” Premiere Flame figured Maple body made by Mesa Boogie.

Dumble Overdrive

 

Boogie Mark 1 Amp Head

Original Mark 1 Purchased in 1973

No serial number, no effects loop.

100-watt reverb; graphic EQ (never used); four Ruby Tube 6L6’s; three 12AX7 premp tubes by Ruby Tube and one 12AT7 by Phillips.

Dumble Overdrive