Stevie Ray Vaughan Fender Vibratone Leslie speaker

Stevie used this effect for live performances of Cold Shot, Couldn’t Stand the Weather, and The Things (That) I Used to Do – usually powered with one of his Fender Vibroverb combo amps.

In case you’re unfamiliar with what the Fender Vibratone does – basically, it’s just a cabinet with a speaker inside of it that has the ability to rotate, which creates a “wobbly” sound. Originally, these speakers were intended to be used on Hammond organs, but were quickly adopted by musicians of all kinds, including of course guitarists.

Based on the photo and video material, he owned two different Vibratones, one earlier model, and one later one – with the large metal plate Fender Vibratone badge on the front.

Stevie with one of his Fender Vibratones. This is the earlier model, made likely in 1967 or 68.


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