Used – Mesa Boogie Limited Edition King Snake #197 (2014)

Serial Number: 197

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 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 – and while it is correct to say that the little high gain, high power 1×12 Boogie Combo changed guitar and popular music forever, the story doesn’t end there!

This tribute model is 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 Snake™ more usable across a wider range of musical styles and power requirements and add exciting new possibilities for expression and enjoyment.

  • Hand-signed by Carlos Santana and Randall Smith
  • A replica of Carlos Santana’s original 1970’s touring amp
  • All-tube guitar combo amplifier
  • Switchable 10/60/100W operation
  • Multi-Watt Power Switch controls
  • Duo-Class Power Amp modes
  • Aged Snake-embossed Lambskin covering
  • Unique chassis size
  • 1×12″ Fillmore KS-100 speaker
  • 5 x 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • 4 x 6L6 power tubes
  • Tube-driven spring reverb
  • All-aluminum chassis
  • Slip cover
  • 17.5″ height
  • 18.625″ width
  • 10″ depth
  • #197 of approximately 300 units produced domestically


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