Eric Clapton's 2011 Crossroads Centre Auction
1988/89 Soldano SLO-100/Pete Cornish guitar routing system/effects rack
After trying Mark Knopfler’s boutique Soldano amp, Clapton ordered a pair of SLO-100 heads to be custom-built in California by Michael Soldano in 1988. The Soldano heads were modified to form the heart of a massive guitar routing system, designed and hand-built by the British engineer extraordinaire Pete Cornish, it defined Clapton’s guitar sound between 1989 to 1993, the 24 Nights period. This system allowed Clapton to recreate exactly his studio guitar sound, through his Marshall cabinets, on stage, rather than having to rely on sound processing through the PA system. The entire system from the wireless transmitters that were once attached to Clapton’s Versace guitar straps, and the 9 button foot-controller, to the purpose-made mains power distributor, multi-core cables, the massive rack unit housing Cornish’s routing system, the control centre of the system, as well as the rack-mount signal processors including the Dyno-My-Piano Tri-Stereo Chorus, and the EV loaded Marshall cabinets are sold as an entire set-up, flight-cased and ready to go.
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