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Carlos Santana Playing a Telecaster

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by garytelecastor, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. garytelecastor

    garytelecastor Poster Extraordinaire

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    I suppose at some time someone already posted this, but this was the first time I heard him playing a tele.

     
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    But does he have enough pick?? :D
     
  3. Larry F

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    I didn't know Santana went through a phase like this.

    Also, I agree with bchaffin72--that's a lot of pick.
     
  4. Jim W

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    Cool post. Always liked that Russ Ballard song.
     
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    I'm not sure you have, yet. Looks to me like they're lip-syncing, and it sounds like a Strat to me. But admittedly, I'm not the best at sussing this stuff out.
     
  6. zeoy

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    +1. Not a typical Tele tone.
     
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    i've watched it twice, i can't catch 'em "off", but it's unusual for santana's band to be this tight, his bands are generally pretty loose on stage. but if the vocals and etc are synced, i think he is playing the guitar on it. and there are tele's that sound a lot like strats.
     
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    That is the studio cut and a lip-sync video, not live.

    No idea what was used in the studio but it wasn't his usual axe.
     
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    He played a Strat quite a bit on that album. It was when Dire Straits hit and a lot of guys were going for that sound, Carlos included. I'd be surprised if it's a Tele on the album, but I wasn't there, so I can't really say with certainty.
     
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    yeah thats definitely a strat. its for sure not a tele in the bridge position

    watch him fumble around the switch/knobs pretty funny @ 2:45 or so

    here he is around the same time with a strat


     
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    It doesn't matter what he plays IMHO he sounds boring, always playing around a minor scale.
    Black Magic Woman was okay but he has sounded the same ever since.
    Perhaps I'm being overly unkind.
     
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    Santana is one guy you can always recognise in a blindfold test.
    That's saying something wether we like him or not.
    I dig him.
    In fact last week his Caravanserai album started playing on my random iTunes
    What a great album that was.
     
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    i suppose what you are saying is true, but i've always found his playing to be very exciting. it's like what i read once about AC/DC: they only play 3 chords, but it's the right 3 chords.
     
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    Song of the Wind, with a young Neal Schon, is a highlight!

     
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    That is mostly true but he remains one of the few true "natural" on guitar, and sounding the same may be called "having a personality" or a strong identity if you take another point of view. He can really express himself with an ease that is not common.
    I was also impressed by his work with the major pentatonic playing comments and embellishments around the voice on the game of love. That's easy stuff if you do it poorly because nobody really pays much attention, but really difficult to do with the feeling, tone and mastery that Santana shows there (IMHO).
     
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    The same could be said for the Kings but, come on man! ...listen a little harder and try to feel it.
     
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    I have known this song for a long time. Never thought it could be anything other than his SG/Yamaha/PRS. Well, I haven't heard it in a while. I think it's a very good song. I like his sound. Santana is one of the immortals.
     
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    Being a big Santana fan, that song, whether tele or strat or whatever axe, was to me his worst effort. Maybe too pop for me or as someone else suggested an experimental fad. Anyway, glad the he left that phase quickly. Part of what is missing is the conga/latin rhythm that usually accompanies his stuff along with his heavier sounding singing guitar style.
     
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    That's kind of sad to hear. I have always loved Carlos for his, "I am going to play what I want and if you don't like your tough luck". The thought of his selling out is kind of demoralizing.

    I still get chills when I watch the Soul Sacrifice cut from Woodstock. He may have been....ahem...uh....a little under the weather, but he was so tasteful and played right in the pocket. To me, on a more apples and oranges scale, he kind of reminds me of Count Basie. Basie could do more with one note than all the notes I'll ever play in my life. It's kind of that way with Carlos too. I am going to post a video of Rob Thomas and him playing and the rhythm section just tears me up.
     
  20. garytelecastor

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    I absolutely Love what they do with this song:

     
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