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Old 02-07-2008, 05:48 AM   #1
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Santana Tone, Tubescreamer?

anyone know if I can get a good close enough to a santana tone outta the tubescreamer TS7 (tone-lok)? and whats the difference between this and the other tubescreamers available?, don't tell me to get a new amp because its way off my budget and I can't wait that long! (yes I'm impatient)

My gear right now is a epi les paul (quilt top) and a crappy 15W vox amp

any other AFFORDABLE suggestions would be great!

thanks!!!!
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:10 AM   #2
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:12 AM   #3
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This crappy 15w Vox amp, is it a Valvetronix?

And the TS7 is lame. TS-9 or TS-808 for you.
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:17 AM   #4
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This crappy 15w Vox amp, is it a Valvetronix?

And the TS7 is lame. TS-9 or TS-808 for you.





Explination on why the ts-7 is lame?


And apparently you can mod the ts-7 to of ts-9 specs.
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:24 AM   #5
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Explination on why the ts-7 is lame?
And apparently you can mod the ts-7 to of ts-9 specs.


It costs more than it would to just buy the TS-9. Plus the tone lok looks like a breeze block.
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:46 AM   #6
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Dude, nothing is going to make your little amp sound like a vintage Mesa Boogie Mark I that's worth a few thousand dollars, and you know that.

Sorry, but that's the truth...
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:48 AM   #7
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The closest you'll get, on a small budget, is a Line 6 pod thought headphones or recording.
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:42 PM   #8
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Santana, like most others, have had a lot of tones over the years, but generally I will recommend the EHX Big Muff to someone searching for a nice Santana tone on a budget, and then use it on your current amps clean channel. If your current amp really is crap though, you might perhaps want to look into something like one of the cheap 5 watt tube amps also.

Besides, in my opinion, getting tone like Santana is a lot more in how you play than in what gear you use. You'd want something which gives you a nice creamy overdrive, roll way back on the tone, usually use the neck pickup, and most importantly, play it like you mean it.


By the way, where do you people live where a TS9 costs less than a TS7? I just checked thomann.de because it sounded weird to me, and as I remembered, the TS9 is more than twice the price of the TS7.
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:46 PM   #9
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new amp for starters, then a TS808
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:22 PM   #10
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thanks, I'll get a TS-9/808 and later upgrade to a better amp...eventually

side note: I usually use my friends amp which is an ashton 75W for gigs and so my crappy vox (pathfinder...yes THAT crap) is just for practise/warm ups

thanks for great advice!
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:25 PM   #11
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TS9/TS808 is going to be useless Vox, as it will just make the it clip since there are no tubes to overdrive (The 12AX7 is functionally useless). A TS7 isn't much better, as it is effectively a distortion. My advice is to just save and get a better amp. You just won't hit it with the Pathfinder and a pedal. His tone relies on the warmth and harmonics on a tube, and I have never seen a solid state replicate it.
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:26 AM   #12
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the circurity of TS7, TS808, and TS9 are generally the same. just a few resistors between each ones, TS808 and TS7 having the "classic" JRC4558D chip in it.

that said, tubescreamers aren't what you should be looking for if you want a tone like santana.
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