Carlos Santana Explains Why He Left Gibson for PRS Guitars, Believes He Saved the Company With...

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  1. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    ....Advice He Gave Paul Reed Smith.

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    Gretsch was a guitar, but at least for me with all respect to Gretsch, it's not something that I ever wanted to sound like.

    "I just wanted to sound more like - because it's very difficult to play blues on a Gretsch guitar. You can play country music and you can play Beatles songs, but you can't play the blues, or at least when you try to play the blues, it sounds a little nasal. ----
    Carlos Santana

    :D
    Nasal to me = twang
     
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  2. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

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    IMHO, there's a style of music, unique, often copied by others (i.e. Gary Moore :confused: :D) but never rivalled, that Mr Santana plays perfectly : his style :cool::cool::cool: - and tone :cool::cool::cool::cool: . And this has nothing to do with Blues o_O.

    Indeed ! :) Sorry, Mr Santana... ;)

    A+!
     
  3. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Apart from the Gretsch comments he made, I think it's a pretty interesting article. I like how he wanted PRS to make affordable guitars for younger people.

    @Waxhead
    Carlos gave a couple of companies---Mesa Boogie & PRS---a boost up, so to speak?
     
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  4. 5120mantis

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    if Santana thinks Gretsch's are nasal, what does he think about strats :eek::eek::eek:
     
  5. thunder58

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    I don't think Carlos is insulting Gretsch at all . Carlos speaks from his soul . Sure , Brian Setzer can play rockabilly on a Dean Guitar or an Ibenez Iceman Paul Stanley model , but would Brian achieve that rockabilly sound he's going for ?
     
  6. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Yeah, I don't think I ever would have characterized him as a blues player.
     
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  7. pmarinovich

    pmarinovich Electromatic

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    Carlos' playing is derived from pentatonic blues riffs. His music is not technically blues, but his influences like Peter Green, etc., were blues players. Having said that, here in New Orleans there are some great blues players who use Gretschs. That looks wrong...what is the plural of Gretsch? Gretsches? Please don't say "Gretsch's" Gretschs is an awful lot of consecutive consonants. :)
     
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  8. MikeSchindler

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    Gretsch should definitely sell a Sister Rosetta signature blues machine with that guitar... she was great. But I think it’s a basic anniversary model which has been done...
     
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  9. ZackyDog

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    I don't believe he is either. Speaking of souls, I love this one:

     
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  10. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Not to mention the dreaded unforgivable "Apostrophe S".

    Great band name, tho.
     
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  11. sanhozay

    sanhozay Electromatic

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    carlos is never short on rhetoric & colorful analogies. given the state gretsch guitars were in when santana was passing through, he's pretty spot on with his description. it's a chore to go beyond the 15th fret on a 6120 with out some major maneuvering & hand magic & they howl like a pack of wolves when doing the carlos thing. and not to mention most of them were, literally, coming undone at the seams, by 1978. i know there's other Gguitars and jeff beck proved the duo jet can do just about anything in the world. but only if you're jeff beck.
     
  12. Stefan87

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    To be honest I don't think I could really hear Carlos Santana on a Gretsch, yeah you can totally play blues on a Gretsch but his sound to me is just not gretsch in any way so I get why he said what he did.
     
  13. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

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    Pete played some “Maximum R&B” on his Gretsch. Although, in that classic The Who poster he is holding a Ric.

    interesting article, Tom Johnston is another fan, and endorser, of the PRS.
     
  14. MikeSchindler

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    I can agree with sanhozay .. I play lead in a band and with Gretsch it is kind of hampering on some models to get higher register stuff if not impossible but I love them just the same.. that’s why I keep a Strat and Les Paul in my arsenal.
     
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  15. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

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    Sounds like the blues to me.
     
  16. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Stephen Stills: Gretsch: it's my country guitar.
     
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  17. pmarinovich

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    The world is full of great, dedicated artists. You can't make a stereotype, or rule, or convention, or tradition, faster than some amazing player out there can break it with ease.
     
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  18. radd

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    Santana, he opened for Janis Joplin in 67’ I think it was. It was at the Filmore West. I was just a few feet from center stage. I had never heard of him. He was amazing, been a fan ever since.

    I won’t ever argue with than man,

    Of ya, Janis rocked it....
     
  19. ZackyDog

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    And Sam too?

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