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Now here is something I'd been searching for for many years, and as soon as I listed my catch on here it sold! But here is another I sourced.

Remember the sound Stevie Ray Vaughan got in 'Cold Shot'? Or Jimi Hendrix's 'Little Wing'? Or Danny Gatton's 'Ugly Man'? Or Angelo Mysterioso (George Harrison) in the musical bridge (in this case a series of arpeggios played through a Leslie 16 that provided the inspiration for Harrison's later Beatles song Here Comes the Sun) in Cream's 'Badge'? They were all played through Leslie 16 cabinets.

The Leslie Model 16 is the smallest Leslie, and does not have an integral amplifier like its larger brothers. Also unlike its larger brothers, it was made specifically for guitar use, not for organ. It has a Fender-like cabinet as it was specifically made for use with Fender combo-style amps (indeed, CBS later made these in a Fender-badged version called a Vibratone) and a rotating foam dispersion block. It was built for rough club touring, was portable, and had "Leslie" written on the front.

It takes the output from a guitar amplifier (typically a Fender combo), and the connector kit (the original one comes with this unit) puts the signal through a crossover, returns some to the amplifier's speaker (which is now plugged into the control box, not the amplifier's output), and the rest to the 10-inch driver in the Leslie. A multi-pin connector connects the connector kit/pedal to the Leslie, giving the player the choices of switching the Leslie speaker in and out of the circuit (for either direct amp sounds or spacial 'chorus' sounds), and a selection between the fast and slow speeds of the rotating unit in the Leslie.

The result is incredible.

The unit is in amazing condition, perfect for either a collector or a fussy performer. It even comes with its original vinyl cover to preserve its pristine condition (but I forgot to photograph it for the 'more pictures' section - see link below!)

The original Utah 10" speaker has the date code 328342, indicating a 1973 manufacture date. The silver sparkle grille and black Tolex are characteristics shared with Fender amplifiers of the period (CBS owned both Fender and Leslie - Electro-Music - at the time).

Shipped dimensions would be about 75cm x 55cm x 40cm, with weight about 30kg.

Sold to John


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