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Motion Sound SRV-212 Rotary Speaker Cabinet

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It probably wasn’t long after guitar-organ-drums combos became a swinging staple in neighborhood bars that guitarists began looking for ways to emulate their Hammond and Leslie-toting brethren. Now there’s an entire market dedicated to making guitars sound like B3s, with effects pedals and rack-mount processors claiming to have that perfect mix of chorus and tremolo so six-stringers can sound not like Grant Green, but like his buddies Big John Patton, Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith and Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Truth be told, as in amp modeling and digital recreations of analog stompboxes, nothing generates that rotating speaker sound except an actual rotating speaker. But where vintage Leslie organ cabinets often have logistical problems in terms of connections (not to mention their being cumbersome and ungodly heavy hardwood boxes), manufacturers began offering rotating speaker cabinets voiced specifically for guitar, with portability and the one-size-fits-all convenience of a regular stereo patch.

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