Pretty sure Paul was building guitars as early as 1979
Yeah I was thinking that too, and his bit about mid 80 on MTV, it was all super strats. Mid 90's sure. Carlos was smokin a bit I thinkI'm somewhat confused about this. First that's a pic of Santana from Woodstock. Second Santana stopped using Gibson and started using the Yamaha SG-175 which he helped design around 1975 till around 1982 when he switched to PRS.
So Santana is confused (old age maybe?) He left Yamaha for PRS.
That's what I remember, too.Carlos' early adoption of PRS guitars is what gave Paul credibility in the guitar world and helped launch the company.
PRS was making guitars before that. His factory opened in 1985.
For sure!Carlos should have stuck with the Yamaha SG2000!
He was. I don't remember if it was a prototype G-K or not for sure, but I think it was.If what I've read is correct, Santana was playing through a solid-state Gallien-Krueger at Woodstock. Actually, I think it was the first amp Bob Gallien built before forming his company.
Haha! True. But to be fair, I said "my favorite" of his tones were the SG.Well while we are certainly are entitled to our opinions STILL when you think about it, kinda funny how we internet "experts" have the hoospa to tell Santana what and when his "best tones" were with a straight face,,,,, are gotta love TGP.
I don't know if anyone has discussed this, but in addition to this early adoption, the success of Supernatural in 1999 catapulted PRS, imho.Carlos' early adoption of PRS guitars is what gave Paul credibility in the guitar world and helped launch the company.
^^^ Is that Santana, or John Oats?
I always liked those Yamaha SG-2000s but they weighed a ton and a half. They were like a '70s LP Custom with lead weights implanted. I was in my early 20s then (1977) and strong as an ox, but they were still heavy.Yeah, that PRS tone's not doing it for me. Moonflower, especially Eruopa, inspired me to play guitar - I started on an SG and bought a Boogie 4 years later. I've wanted to like PRS but I always end up sounding like the attached 1982 Europa and not the 1977 Europa.
Don't know the actual history BUT seems entirely possible given Paul started making guitars in 1975 Excerpt form "A brief history " article
Paul built Ted a solid ‘byrdland’ late 70s. Derek St Holmes had an early all hog as well around that time. Leese got the first mapletop early 80s salvaged wood from a friends dresser.That's what I remember, too.
Guys mentioned Nuge (I saw the Damn Yankees tour in 1989 he played one then) and Howard Leese as early adopters. They certainly were, but crazy Uncle Ted started playing PRS after Carlos, assuming my late, late 30s memory is correct.
Not that it really matters.