Quote: Originally posted by leunam on 26ï¿½Novemberï¿½2002
I own an Epiphone Les Paul (Custom Flame Top) and a 120 watt amp (CRATE GFX-212T). I would like to know what kind of effect or other equipment can I buy to get a sound like Santanaï¿½s guitar. Specially that long sustain like in the song named Europe.
First, you have to determine which period of Santana
you want to sound like, as he has developed his tone over the years. But you mention Europa
, so that's a good place to start.
Next, realize that his sound is a combination of his playing technique as well as all his equipment: PRS guitar
, and Mark I Mesa Boogie amp
(at that time, he was probably using it exclusively). Personally, I've found that the exact equipment is not necessarily, as long as it will produce a somewhat similar tone, and you play the same notes. I use a Gibson 335 knock-off and a Fender HotRod Deville 4x10 in my Santana tribute band, and have never had any problems.
In order to get his "infinite" sustain, crank your amp up to performance volume, hold different notes, and move around. Once you find the exact spot where most notes will feedback enough to keep going, but not to "squeal," mark it with tape on the floor. That's your "sweet spot," and you'll need to stand in that location whenever you want to hold a note forever.
Hope that helps!