#1
Can someone please suggest a way of making the tone of my guitar sound similar to that of Carlos Santana. I have a replica Fender Stratocaster and a 15 amp practice Amplifier. Would changing the Pick-Ups help or perhaps an improved Amplifier or is there maybe a plug in gizmo which would do the trick?
#3
Santana has a lot of tones, which one in particular are you looking for?
#5
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Santana has a lot of tones, which one in particular are you looking for?



The one he uses on Samba Pa Ti
#6
Quote by Nilpferdkoenig
He has a 2500$ PRS Signature and 3000$ Mesa Boogie amp.

forget it.


Hoping you would say a two dollar gizmo would do the trick.
O well back to the drawing board!!!!
#7
The closest you'll get mate will be using your neck pickup with a medium gain setting and learning some similar licks and phrasing from carlos santanas playing.

You'd be surprised how much tone can be captures in the fingers from phrasing, I've seen videos of paul gilbert playing $50 les paul copies and it still sounds like him. Theres also a good video of satriani playing satch boogie on a squier strat and a crap amp and it stll sounds brilliant!
Last edited by EatShreddies at Jan 12, 2009,
#8
neck humbucker would be best, but as u have a strat try neck and middle, medium gain, medium bass, treble boosted, mids around the mid, try it
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#9
Neck pickup, medium gain and roll off some of your tone.

However none of this will make any difference if you can't do a decent impression of the man's playing; try getting a good hold on his phrasing and signature licks as well.
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#10
Quote by EatShreddies
The closest you'll get mate will be using your neck pickup with a medium gain setting and learning some similar licks and phrasing from carlos santanas playing.

You'd be surprised how much tone can be captures in the fingers from phrasing, I've seen videos of paul gilbert playing $50 les paul copies and it still sounds like him. Theres also a good video of satriani playing satch boogie on a squier strat and a crap amp and it stll sounds brilliant!


Doesn't he play that Surfing with the Alien song?
#11
Quote by cor30rie
I have a replica Fender Stratocaster


As in a Squier?
#12
If none of this helps, the amp will probably be the first thing to replace for tone improvement.
#13
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As in a Squier?

No idea who made it. Just has the 'Gear 4 Music' logo on the headstock. This is the on line distributor I bought the outfit from. Many thanks for your input.
#14
Quote by EatShreddies
The closest you'll get mate will be using your neck pickup with a medium gain setting and learning some similar licks and phrasing from carlos santanas playing.

You'd be surprised how much tone can be captures in the fingers from phrasing, I've seen videos of paul gilbert playing $50 les paul copies and it still sounds like him. Theres also a good video of satriani playing satch boogie on a squier strat and a crap amp and it stll sounds brilliant!



Thanks for the advice.
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If none of this helps, the amp will probably be the first thing to replace for tone improvement.



Thank you for your response.
#16
Quote by Jimbleton
neck humbucker would be best, but as u have a strat try neck and middle, medium gain, medium bass, treble boosted, mids around the mid, try it



Thanks, Ill certainly try it.
#17
Quote by EatShreddies
The closest you'll get mate will be using your neck pickup with a medium gain setting and learning some similar licks and phrasing from carlos santanas playing.

You'd be surprised how much tone can be captures in the fingers from phrasing, I've seen videos of paul gilbert playing $50 les paul copies and it still sounds like him. Theres also a good video of satriani playing satch boogie on a squier strat and a crap amp and it stll sounds brilliant!


Most of these guys grab most of there tone from there fingers though...PG and Satriani never wanted anything more then a light or heavy distortion, they didn't pick apart the tone. They just played. Santana might be a different story.
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#18
Quote by cor30rie
No idea who made it. Just has the 'Gear 4 Music' logo on the headstock. This is the on line distributor I bought the outfit from. Many thanks for your input.


I'm hoping that the "Thanks for input" part wasn't sarcastic. It was just that if it was a "good" clone then changing the pickups would be a valid choice. If the guitar is lets say a Squier, the pickups will be costing more than the guitar new. If you however have a more expensive (and generally better) guitar then changing the pickups might be worth it.

With the guitar you have you are better off just getting a better amp. Peavey Vypyr 15 or a Roland Cube 30 or 60 or even a MicroCube would be a good choice.

Edit: This is also apparently the site for Gear 4 Music so you can take a look at what they are...http://www.gear4music.com/Electric_Guitars/G4M_Electric_Guitars.html
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#19
santana's tone is all in his fingers.
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Quote by Chaos Nil
I'm hoping that the "Thanks for input" part wasn't sarcastic. It was just that if it was a "good" clone then changing the pickups would be a valid choice. If the guitar is lets say a Squier, the pickups will be costing more than the guitar new. If you however have a more expensive (and generally better) guitar then changing the pickups might be worth it.

With the guitar you have you are better off just getting a better amp. Peavey Vypyr 15 or a Roland Cube 30 or 60 or even a MicroCube would be a good choice.

Edit: This is also apparently the site for Gear 4 Music so you can take a look at what they are...http://www.gear4music.com/Electric_Guitars/G4M_Electric_Guitars.html


I certainly was'nt being sarcastic. I'm very much a learner at guitar playing so any information I can get is very gratefully recieved. Thanks once again. I do'nt know wether my pick-up's are good bad or indifferent, the best idea I guess is to take my guitar to someone with a good Amp and try it out.