Mesa Boogie King Snake Santana Combo

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$2,495.00
The Mesa Boogie King Snake is a fitting tribute to Carlos Santana and the world's first high gain tube amp!

It's an exact replica of the amp Carlos Santana toured with in 1972/73 as he introduced the world to this new sound, right down to the unique chassis size and the aged Snake-embossed Lambskin covering. But it has also been updated to include all our most secret Tone discoveries uncovered throughout the 43 years since the original’s creation. These improvements, some visible and some hidden, increase the performance and versatility while recreating the original voice with full authenticity. They make the King Snake more usable across a wider range of musical styles and power requirements and add exciting new possibilities for expression and enjoyment.

Some history...

In 1971 at the crossroads of Vintage and Modern amplified guitar sounds stood two pioneers, Randall Smith and Carlos Santana, and the little amp that could... the Boogie.  The passion, creativity and dedication of these two artists intersecting at that revolutionary time in music history can only be called fate, and the resulting impact on the guitar’s voice will be felt forever more. With so many "FIRSTS" it set the world’s pro guitarists on their collective ear, the Boogie ushered out the old notion of a guitar amp and transformed it once and for all into a legitimate instrument.

The Compact 100 Watt 1x12 Combo, Tube Cascading High Gain Preamp (SUSTAIN), FOOTSWITCHING (Clean to Overdrive), Half Power Switch (100/60), Pull-Gain Boost, On-Board Graphic EQ, Slave Out, All World Export Transformer, Custom Hardwood Cabinetry and a Wicker Cane Grille were all innovations seen exclusively on the world’s first boutique amplifier by the world’s first boutique amp builder, Randall Smith and MESA Engineering.

The Limited Edition King Snake is legendary in both sound and story because it is the direct descendant of the original Boogie that stood alone at that intersection so long ago. That amp was the transitional link between the low gain single channel amps of yesteryear and today’s current high gain, multi-channel footswitching amplifiers. Before the Boogie’s appearance back then, players had to turn an amp all the way up to get overdrive and sustain and it occurred in the power section, which of course was LOUD. With the creation of the world’s first high gain tube preamp in 1970, found only in the little Boogie by MESA Engineering, players could achieve sustain and singing tube overdrive at any volume. Revolutionary! The rest is history – the little high gain, high power 1x12 Boogie Combo changed guitar and popular music forever!

Other standard features include:

  • CUSTOM DESIGNED AND HANDCRAFTED IN PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA
  • All Tube Amplifier: 4 x 6L6 Power Tubes & 5 x 12AX7 Preamp Tubes
  • Fixed Bias for consistent, maintenance free performance
  • 10/60/100 Multi-Watt Power Switch controls the Patented Duo-Class Power Amp
  • All-Tube, Long Spring Reverb
  • 2 power tubes operating in pure Class A (single-ended), producing 10 watts or;
  • 2 or 4 power tubes running in traditional Class A/B, producing 60 or 100 watts respectively
  • Single Channel Simplicity featuring Two Inputs that provide 2 Style Modes:
  • INPUT 1 - Our legendary multi-stage “cascading-gain” mode that runs through Volume 1 & 2
  • INPUT 2 - Normal-Gain mode that runs through Volume 2 only
  • Channel Gain, Volume and Tone Controls: Volume 1, Volume 2, Master Volume, Treble, Mid/Boost, Bass and Presence (rear panel)
  • Powerful Mid/Boost Control – The Midrange Tone Control doubles as both a standard Midrange Tone Control (from 1 to 5) AND a Variable Gain Boost Control (from 5 to 10). Its range from 1 to 5 operates like a standard Midrange Tone Control but once you go past 5 it becomes a variable Gain Booster providing precise, incremental increases to dial in added levels of sweet harmonic overdrive, from subtle to blistering. When set to 10 it duplicates the Gain Boost Switch on the rear panel of the original Mark I
  • Exclusive “Blackface/Tweed” Dual Presence Control Switch and Level Control provides access to the world’s two most revered Presence Circuits enabling you to choose your ultimate vintage experience.
  • All-Tube, Long Spring Reverb (control on rear panel)
  • Reverb External Switching Jack (rear panel)
  • Fully Buffered FX Loop with Automatic True Bypass and Send Level Control – FX Loop is fully removed from the circuit unless and until cables are plugged into the Send & Return jacks.
  • Slave Out with Level Control
  • All Aluminum Chassis
  • Slip Cover
Dimensions:  17.5" Height x 18 5/8" Wide x 10 Deep
Weight: 
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