For your consideration, Garrett Park Guitars presents this 2003 Paul Reed Smith Santana Shaman SE Limited Edition Signature Guitar.
This was a Limited run that PRS made to commemorate the release of Santana's Shaman record. Only 100 of these were made, & this is special not only for its rarity but it was presented to Santana himself & then given to a friend at that same show. It was signed to her by Santana himself as a gift.
These 100 were not to be sold to the public but rather were gifts to some of the better PRS dealers worldwide. They came out in conjunction with the release of the album and have matching artwork. The Artist's signature on the back plate is etched into the plate, not a real signature.
"The picture is Carlos receiving the guitar from Paul. Carlos did not want to carry it back to his home, north of San Francisco because he was going somewhere else on the way and didn't want the baggage. He turned to Laura and gave it to her for all she had done for him and her friendship with his then wife, Deborah Santana. He signed it and Laura put it with the other guitars PRS was bringing back by cargo. Once back in Annapolis, Laura brought it home where it's been in our home ever since, never played.
Laura always carried a gold autograph "pen" for things that Paul autographed at the NAMM show. I was not there, in the booth, when this happened. This is what she told me.
There were less than 100 of these made. Carlos wanted quite a few of them to give as gifts to his family, staff, friends, etc. Paul decided to do the same and a lot of them went to people like Larry Thomas at Guitar Center and owners or executives at other music stores as gifts/promo. The whole SE line began when Carlos asked Paul to make an affordable guitar that students and beginning guitar players could afford. Carlos wanted to be associated with new players so he wouldn't be forgotten. So the first SE's were "Santana SE"s.
Shaman is the nineteenth studio album by Santana. Shaman was released on October 22, 2002. I saw an ad that LP drums, I believe, had made a set of congas with the album cover logo on the drums. I showed it to Paul and told him if it would be cool if we could do that for a Santana guitar. He wasn't warm to it at first and said he'd "look into it". A few weeks later, he said we would do it. The first one I saw was at the NAMM show."
John Rausch- PRS business consultant from 1998-2003
Condition: Near Mint
Case: Original PRS Gig-Bag
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