(January 29, 2008) - The release of the new Santana MD guitar was the highlight of PRS''s big news conference at NAMM ''08, easily the biggest gathering of notable guitarists per square foot at any booth at any time during the four-day music industry trade show. On hand for the event were Paul Reed Smith, guitar historian Tom Wheeler, David Grissom (Dixie Chics/Storyville/John Mellencamp), Mike Mushok (Staind), Pat Travers, Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rogers), Rich Eckhardt (Toby Keith), Frank Romano (Rob Thomas, Usher), Johnny Hiland, Paul Jackson Jr. (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones), Evan Taubenfeld (Avril Lavigne) and Mike Scott (Justin Timberlake). PRS was celebrating 12 new guitars at the event, many of which were being released at the show.
The Santana MD was released during the press conference, in what Santana described as a "sacred" moment. The company describes the guitar as the evolution of the Santana I, II and III models. It has most of the appointments of the Santana II and III models but with two major differences: the knobs are now in McCarty positions, and the instrument includes a special Mastering Voice Control. This Voice Control provides an early sixties sound and clarity to the instrument and turns on and off with a mini-toggle
These following video highlights include comments from Tom Wheller, Paul Reed Smith and Santana.