Show us your Santanas!

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  1. bodia

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

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    The MD stands for Multi Dimensional. There’s a mini toggle that you use to initiate a 60s Strat style tone. Not sure, but it may also put the pick ups out of phase. Additionally, the control layout is more like the traditional PRS layout with the volume knob close to the bridge pickup.
     
  2. clmazza

    clmazza Bullet the Blue Sky

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    Thank you, sir! Now that I look at the pics more closely... it jumps out. ;)
     
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  3. Andrew Paul

    Andrew Paul The cat's meow

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    Plan on picking one of those up someday..... So many guitars, so little time
     
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  4. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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  5. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    I’ve said it before, but I love that sapwood on that cocobolo neck as much as the wild figure on that top!
     
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  6. Andrew Paul

    Andrew Paul The cat's meow

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    WOW!! That is an incredible instrument.
     
  7. Rhythmisking

    Rhythmisking New Member

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    Brand new member here. As I just got my first PRS, I thought I should join up and try to learn something. As you can see from the pic, I may have a slight GAS problem, but as a chronic CL/Reverb/eBay guitar cruiser, I just couldn't pass this up when it popped up on my local craigslist for a really low price. I thought I knew what it was, but as I've been researching, I'm finding there are lots of Santana iterations, and I'm not sure exactly what this is.

    I know it's from 2012, and it's not a I or a III, so I guess it's a II because it has the abalone inlays on the top, but some details, like the TRC and knob placement look different than most all of the II's I see online and on this site. Initially I panicked and thought I had bought a counterfeit, but I've calmed down now and am pretty confident this is legit, the seller just really needed some fast cash.

    So I'm wondering if you kind folks can enlighten me as to exactly which model this is.
    The TRC is plain black with what looks like a silkscreened Om. Nearly all I see online are multilayered B/W/B engraved plastic. Is that plain black one legit?
    Also the wider spaced controls seem to mostly be on guitars labeled "Santana Signature" rather than "Santana II". Is this an actual model difference?
    Online it says the Santana II's fingerboards are ebony, and this one is definitely rosewood, and I'm pretty sure it's Indian and not Brazilian. Was that changed in the 2010's?

    I should also say this is a REALLY nice guitar. The balance is perfect, the neck size is also perfect for me. I took it to band practice last night and...it's just a great playing guitar and it sounds terrific. Pretty psyched about this!

    Thanks for any help you can give me.[​IMG]
     
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  8. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Congratulations and welcome, that’s one beautiful guitar.
     
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  9. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Yeah, everything on it looks legit. They tinkered with the formula for the 25th anniversary models and kept the features like the different knob placement for a few years. I think it’s just referred to as a “signature” Santana.
     
  10. Andrew Paul

    Andrew Paul The cat's meow

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    Nice one! Enjoy and thanks for sharing!
     
  11. WeFixFlats

    WeFixFlats Respect The Clave

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    The best way to know exactly what this guitar is, is to use the MODCAT decoder in this specific catagory on the forum. Right up top. Look under the pickups for the manufacturing barcode label. It's a breeze to figure it out.
     
  12. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    This right here from the expert.
     
  13. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    If it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something, then yes, I’m an expert at looking at Santana’s. :p:oops:;)
     
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  14. Rhythmisking

    Rhythmisking New Member

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    Thanks for that info! Here's a more proper pic:[​IMG]
     
  15. Rhythmisking

    Rhythmisking New Member

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    That MODCAT decoder is awesome! What a great tool! Thanks SOOOO much you guys! Not knowing little details like this drives me nuts, so thanks for contributing to my mental stability :)

    Model: Santana 2
    Top Wood: Maple
    Frets: 24
    Top Spec: Figured Maple
    Top Grade: Non-Ten Top
    Neck Wood: Mahogany
    Neck Carve: Santana
    Fingerboard Wood: East Indian Rosewood
    Inlay: 2011 Birds
    Bridge: Tremolo or 2-Piece Bridge
    Color: Solana Burst
    Hardware: Nickel
    Treble Pickup: Santana Covered
    Middle Pickup: none
    Bass Pickup: Santana Covered
    Electronics: Santana
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  16. bodia

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

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    Hot Imlove it! Congrats and welcome to Club Santana
     
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  17. ZoomP

    ZoomP New Member

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    [​IMG]

    My one and only Santana. It's a 1 which PRS has confirmed were all built with Brazilian board. Wish I play it more.
     
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  18. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    LOVE!!!
     
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  19. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    I have pretty well the same configuration, same year, and as far as I could tell, it is indeed what was called the "Santana Signature" model. Not a Santana II, despite what the MODCAT says for yours, because Santana IIs are defined as the following (from PRS Model History page):

    SANTANA II: 1999 - 2007. Specs similar to Carlos Santana Model, but features 3-way toggle, volume and tone, artist grade woods, Brazilian Rosewood fretboard and headstock overlay, eagle inlayed on headstock.​

    So our guitars are "too new" to be Santana IIs, don't have Brazzy boards, and have slightly different (more traditional) control locations.

    (I will also note mine came with EVH Wolfgang pickups, installed by a previous owner.)

    Here's mine:

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  20. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    ☔️☔️☔️
     
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