Where would I even begin to start talking about Joe Morgan? He gets it. He just gets it. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with Joe and his wonderful family and friends and there’s nothing about what a guitar player needs that Joe doesn’t understand. To that end, he’s founded a company that makes killer amps that are exactly what you want them to be.
Sure, there are a bunch of guitar players out there that are looking for quirky- I get that. However, the most popular amps designs in history are so popular because there’s no tomfoolery involved. For most of us working musicians who love the rich lexicon of great guitar sounds, we just want damned good sounds with minimal knob turning and switch flipping.
First off, every Morgan amps I’ve ever heard sounds just great out of the box with all knobs straight up and down. That’s an awesome sign. Second, all the knobs do exactly what you want them to do. You ever play an amp that sounds way too bright? You ever reach for the “tone” knob or the “high” knob and start turning it down, only to find that the frequency it’s changing just isn’t the frequency that’s killing you? Boy, I have- all too often. The range of each control on a Morgan amp does exactly what you hope it would do and that’s a really beautiful thing. In fact, it’s one of my favorite things about Joe Morgan’s amps and one of the common threads through all of his designs that makes his company a great one.
Lastly, the amps are all simple in design, compact, light, and priced better than just about all of their competitors. When you’ve got all that going on, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find me a brand I’d be likely to recommend over their line. I personally own an AC40 and an RCA35 and as I said, though the amps are wildly different in their lineage, there’s a similarity to the frequency spectrum and gain structure that makes them both distinctly Morgan in just the right way.