Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American music. The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music.
Carlos Santana's "Signed Gibson SG Special" with P-90's ~ Heritage Cherry | Circa 1961-63 •Carlos performed with this "red SG Special" at Woodstock's historical concert, in 1969 ... before, the release of, Santana's very "first album". This Gibson, and one other - with humbucker's, were Carlos' main guitars, until 1972, when he opted over to Gibson's Les Paul standards and customs. In 1986, Carlos Santana turned over this "Iconic Axe", to the Hard Rock Cafe!