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    Power cords/cables how important?

    I've found that feeding my amps clean power makes a bigger difference than any cord/cable. I never gig without my rig plugged into a Furman rack conditioner and regulator. Consistent sound from venue to venue.
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    Santana Rig In Denver tonight

    It was Princeton Boogies in 1972, up through February 1973. Then he got the Snakeskin amp for the Asia-Pacific tour around late spring-summer of 1973. Nothing but Twins before all of that.
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    Santana Rig In Denver tonight

    Tyrant Tone 4x12 and a PRS HDRX 2x12 cab. Carlos has been using the TT cabs for about 5 or 6 years, now. The HDRX cabs have been in play since April-ish. He's still using Dumbles, and the PRS cab is driven by the PRS HDRX amps. He doesn't play Mesas anymore.
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    How different are the Mark I, Mark I reissue, and Snake King (Santana Signature)?

    I've had the KS and have an original '77 HunRee MK I head. They couldn't be more different. Even though the KS purported to have voicing switches that replicated the sound of both the original production (non-snakeskin) Mark I's, and Carlos' snakeskin model, my feeling is the the KS did one of...
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    Altec 417 for the classic Santana tone?

    In the mid-70's, his rig was one 12" Altec with a Boogie, and another Boogie with a 6x10 cab loaded with 10" Altecs.
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    Altec 417 for the classic Santana tone?

    An Altec isn't going to give up the goods until you crank it to louder volumes than a lot of situations would reasonably allow. Seek out an old beat up JBL E120, and have Thom at Tone Tubby recone it for a few Benjamins. Carlos used those for years after giving up on the Altecs. I have a bunch...
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    What’s the best feeling, most effortless playing Electric you’ve ever played?

    2001 PRS Brazilian LTD Singlecut. That neck is like silk.
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    NAD: Welagen ODR

    Jelle built me a Bluesmaster voiced ODR last year, and it is absolutely amazing. Planning on ordering a matching cab soon, and would love to eventually go back to get a Skyline voiced ODR. What voicing did you choose?
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    What was your first tube amp

    I was 16 years old in 1999, and scored a 1977 Hun-Ree Mark I Boogie combo with an original EV 12L that used to tour with Three Dog Night on eBay for about $450. Other amps have come and gone, but my Mark I has always stayed. It's now in a bubinga and wicker head shell and sounds nice and worn...
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    Songs you love to noodle over.....

    Wise One - Coltrane
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    I said his orbit/attention, not his genius. As in: people on Wayne's level clearly appreciate what he brings to the table.
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    Sounds like you either haven't listened to Carlos Santana's catalog extensively, or his thing just doesn't work for you. But I can guarantee that millions of people around the planet can unequivocally validate the contrary, including music's heaviest hitters. You don't come extremely close to...
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    Would a complacent person spend 50 years touring the planet over and over consistently promoting new projects? I don’t think so. Even if he didn’t spend time between tours making the calculated decision to not earn a theoretical education in music literacy and playing sheets of sound all day, I...
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    In the 1978 Guitar Player interview, Carlos alludes to the fact that he deliberately shied away from becoming more fluent in chords and theory because he felt it would take away from the individual voice he found on guitar which lit the world on fire a few years before. I look at it this way: on...
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    NAD: Welagen Overdrive Reverb

    Just reviving this thread to add some praise to Jelle for these ODR builds. Stellar, Stellar, Stellar amps! Mine is the slightly older brother to OP's ODR, and replaced a Bludotone I had to give up at a really difficult time in my life. With respect to Brandon, this ODR does the things I want...
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    20 watt tube head: how long can it last for a gig?

    I would be more concerned about voltage variances at the venue affecting my sound for that length, than I would by the mere act of playing an amp for 6 hours. Integrate a nice line conditioner/voltage regulator in your rig, if there's any concern about the amp performing consistently. An old...
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    What is this pickup? Carlos Santana

    It's an older Singlecut. Probably stock #7 pups. This guitar started as a whale blue model back in the mid-2000's. Looks like it's faded/patina'd over time. The figuring on the upper bout is exactly the same as this photo from 15 years ago.
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    Any Bludotone Bluesmaster owners out there???

    Brandon built me a NOS Bluesmaster with a Loop a Lator in 2010, and it was fantastic. All sorts of thick, chewy, and articulate all at once. Was forced to sell that amp a few years back, and it’s now somewhere in Japan. Now a proud owner of a Welagen Overdrive Reverb HRM Bluesmaster. It’s...
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    Breezin w George Benson & Carlos Santana

    Carlos was quoting Breezin' long before George Benson recorded it. Fitting to have him there as a super fan of Gabor Szabo, but yes... it's a strong contrast in style and vocabulary between the two. But, if we were to be fair: would any popular rock guitarist of the day have fared better next to...
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    Help identify an amp.. (Update: It's a Welagen Overdrive Reverb)

    Mw There’s also the fact that Jared is a finger picker, and the amp is running through a 4x12 with vintage Greenbacks - not sure if that speaker combo is the right fit for this circuit, but I can def. hear a clear/compressed thing here that sounds pleasant, to me - something very Mike...
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    Help identify an amp.. (Update: It's a Welagen Overdrive Reverb)

    Jelle sent me this vid late last week. He confirmed it’s actually an 80’s skyliner voiced Overdrive Reverb. Awesome sound.
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    Gibson buying Mesa

    I'll probably be sending in my old Mark I for a tune up before things (potentially) drastically change over at the shop. This news gives me anxiety, but I hope for the best.
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