Private Stock Santana Retro

  • “Pre-Factory” Style Carved Maple Top
  • Old-Style Bird Inlays
  • Santana Treble & 57/08 Bass Zebra Pickups
Private Stock Santana Retro

Historic Specs, Legendary Tone

Private Stock Santana Retro

Inspired by Carlos Santana’s Pre-Factory guitar, the Private Stock Santana Retro model balances several of Paul Reed Smith’s original design elements from the early 1980’s with modern designs and specifications. Like Paul’s original instruments, the Santana Retro has a deeper body carve and scoop and an original-style heel. The headstock shape is the same as the original guitars made for Carlos and has been moved closer to the body so that the nut place is more in line with historic specs.

Other specifications include a Private Stock grade maple top, mahogany back, purfling strips on the body glue joints, a 24 fret, 24.5” short scale length mahogany neck, “pre-factory” Santana inspired neck carve, Santana fret wire, PRS old-style birds and “pre-factory” Private Stock eagle inlays, high-gloss nitro finish, PRS locking tuners, an unplated PRS tremolo, and a paisley hardshell case. The electronics for this model include one volume and tone control with a 3-way toggle pickup selector.


  • Private Stock Santana Retro
  • Private Stock Santana Retro
  • Private Stock Santana Retro
  • Private Stock Santana Retro
  • Private Stock Santana Retro
  • Private Stock Santana Retro


Top Wood “Pre-Factory” Style Carved Figured Maple Top
Optional Top Woods Quilt
One Piece Top
Matching Maple Headstock Veneer
Back Wood McCarty Thickness Mahogany Back
Body Inlays Green Ripple Abalone Purfling Strips
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 24.5"
Neck Wood Mahogany
Optional Neck Woods East Indian Rosewood
Flame Maple
Honduran Rosewood
Brazilian Rosewood (subject to availability/USA only)
Fretboard Wood Madagascar Rosewood
Optional Fretboard Woods African Blackwood
Brazilian Rosewood
East Indian Rosewood
Figured Maple
Fretboard Inlays Green Ripple ‘Old-School’ Bird Inlays
Optional Inlays Black Lip Mother of Pearl
Gold Mother of Pearl
Paua Heart
Frets Santana Fret Wire
Neck Shape “Pre-Factory” Santana w/ "Original” Heel
Headstock "Original" Headstock with Mahogany Headstock Veneer and Green Ripple Eagle
Bridge Unplated PRS Machined Stoptail
Tuners PRS Phase III Locking Tuners
Hardware Type Nickel
Optional Hardware Type Gold
Treble Pickup Original Santana Treble w/ Zebra Bobbins
Bass Pickup PRS 57/08 Bass w/ Zebra Bobbins
Optional Pickups 57/08 Covered
57/08 Uncovered
59/09 Covered
59/09 Uncovered
53/10 Covered
53/10 Uncovered
Vintage Bass
\m/ Uncovered
Controls Volume & Tone Controls w/ 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch
Private Stock Santana Retro

Available Colors

  • Aqua Violet
  • Aquamarine
  • Black Gold
  • Blue Nightshade
  • Blue Tourmaline
  • Burnt Orange
  • Cabernet
  • Charcoal
  • Dirty Natural
  • Faded Denim
  • Faded McCarty
  • Faded Purple Mist
  • Faded Vintage Yellow
  • Glacier Blue
  • Goldstorm
  • Graphite
  • Green Nightshade
  • Lavender
  • McCarty Yellow
  • Merlot
  • Natural
  • Orange Nightshade
  • Purple Nightshade
  • Raspberry
  • Red Tiger
  • Santana Yellow
  • Shamrock
  • Smokey Blonde
  • Tiger Eye
  • Turquoise
  • Violin

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  • Absythe
  • Apricot
  • Bahamian Blue
  • Beach Fade
  • Blue Green
  • Bonnie Pink
  • Butterscotch
  • Caramel
  • Cerise
  • Chestnut
  • Copperhead
  • Creamsicle
  • Dirty Blonde
  • Electric Rainforest
  • Electric Tiger
  • Espresso
  • Faded Cherry
  • Fire Red
  • Forest Green
  • Frost Bite
  • Golden Rod
  • Goldstorm Fade
  • Honey Gold
  • Indigo
  • Jade
  • Kodiak
  • Laguna
  • Lapis
  • Lemongrass
  • London Soot
  • Malachite
  • Margarita
  • Midnight Green
  • Mocha
  • Nightshade
  • Northern Lights
  • Ocean Turquoise
  • Olive
  • Orchid
  • Pale Yellow
  • Peach
  • Pomegranate
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Purple
  • Purple Mist
  • Rainforest
  • Sage
  • Salmon
  • Sandstorm
  • Santana Orange
  • Sapphire
  • Slate
  • Solana
  • Stonewash
  • Strawberry Blonde
  • Sublime
  • T.V. Yellow
  • Tangerine
  • Teal
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Terracotta
  • Tiger Shark
  • Ultra Violet
  • Vintage Amber
  • Vintage Gold
  • Vintage Yellow
  • Violet
  • White Tiger
  • White Wash
  • Wintergreen
  • Zombie Fade

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