1977 MESA/Boogie Mark I Amplifier – Carlos Santana Style

More video of my favourite amplifier – the MESA/Boogie Mark I

Even though Carlos Santana is one of my favourite players (and we both play D-type and Mark I Boogie amps), I’ve strangely never put too much effort into mimicking his tone before – likely because I play a Telecaster 90% of the time. This weekend, I decided to give it a go, and while nobody plays quite like Carlos does, I think the tone is pretty close to the mark.

Two key changes from my usual setup – I used my Squier Esprit instead of a Tele, and switched off the graphic EQ on the amplifier.

For more videos of my various amplifiers, guitars & pedals, please visit my YouTube channel.

5 Responses to “1977 MESA/Boogie Mark I Amplifier – Carlos Santana Style”

  1. TBWOTH (Professional Website Reviews.com) says:

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      Thanks, TBWOTH, it’s always nice to hear from a fan. I really enjoy your website as well, and your technique of deliberately employing rather than eschewing spam-style writing in your comments is very refreshing indeed.

  2. ROBERT RAMIREZ says:

    I COULD’T GET THE VIDEO TO PLAY HOWEVER, I KNOW WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE. I OWN A454.
    I WOULD LIKE TO ASK FOR HELP ON ATTAINING THE OWNERS MANUAL (MINE SHOULD STILL BE I A BOX HIDDEN AROUND HERE). ITS’ THE WOOD WITH CNE GRILL ONLY SAYS BOOGIE ON THE FRONT.YOUR PAGE I HAVE SAVED AND HOPE YOU CAN HELP. I THANK YOU IN ADVANCE,

    SINCERELY,
    ROBERTO RAMIREZ

  3. Chris Chandler says:

    Is this the same amp Don Felder used in the Largo show in 1977? You can really hear it come alive during the opening of ‘One of these nights’ in that concert.

    • Zebedee Pedersen says:

      Not sure, Chris, as far as I know he’s not ever been a fan of the Boogie amps. But I’m not really a fan of his, either, so don’t take my word for it.

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