Santana III transformation: from Playa to Slaya

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  1. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    Hello everyone! I started a mod thread instead of continuing with my NGD.

    Well, I just had a new guitar day for my 2002 Santana III - 10 top. I absolutely love the guitar, but the tremolo was heavily pitted so I ordered a new one. The new tremolo won’t match the original chrome pickups. Oh dear...I immediately knew what that meant. I had just tumbled down the slippery slope of guitar modification.

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  2. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I'm gonna like this!
     
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  3. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    I ordered the Mann Made raw brass tremolo, which is why I thought the chrome pickups wouldn’t look very good next to it. The tremolo arrives tomorrow.

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    So, I started thinking about pickups. I absolutely love the Santana pickups so I am going to put them into my Tremonti. It currently has Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omegas and I find the neck pickup to be a little muddy.
     
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  4. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    I ordered a set of zebra Seymour Duncan Amos pickups and an Emerson custom paper in oil tone capacitor 0.022uf Bumblebee.

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  5. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    The cool thing about those unplated trems is... they match with everything!
     
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  6. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    From Seymour Duncan’s website:

    The sound of the Amos Flying V is uniquely robust compared to other PAF loaded guitars. Careful examination of the original pickups revealed something unique – unusually strong magnetism, which could only be replicated by using Alnico 6 magnets. Although Alnico 6 might seem like an odd choice for a PAF replica, the result is surprisingly warm, clear and powerful – and matches the tone of the originals. But despite their abnormally strong magnetism, these humbuckers retain all their warmth and clarity.

    Each set is built using period-correct butyrate bobbins, maple spacers, and wound on the same historic Leesona winding machine originally used by Gibson in the fifties and sixties, and will be hand-signed by Seymour W. Duncan and Joe Bonamassa.
     
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  7. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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  8. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Too much fun!
     
  9. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Your Santana is great, but that SC is way cool.
     
  10. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    Can't wait to see how this turns out!
     
  11. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    Thanks guys.

    Yeah, I love the Singlecut. That one’s a Tremonti. I have a Singlecut trem arriving at any moment. I’m watching UPS on a live map and it’s in my area now.
     
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  12. MichaelS

    MichaelS I'm here for the free kool-aid...

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    I assume the brass will turn darker with patina. I wouldn't worry about the color match with pup covers...
     
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  13. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    I need me some Santana.
     
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  14. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    Yeah, it’ll get gloriously cruddy lookin’ over time:

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  15. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    That looks good to me!

    Did you notice an improvement in tone, Sergio?
     
  16. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    I feel like there was an increase in note separation, and a little more mid presence. It could be all in my mind though.
     
  17. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    Nice. I’m looking forward to it. Thanks.
     
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  18. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    I played the Santana last night for a while and my shoulder was feeling those 8.9 pounds. This is my first Santana. Are they usually this heavy? This thing sounds killer, though.
     
  19. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I don't think it's you. I would agree with your assessment.
     
  20. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Are those metal pup rings?

     

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