The Morgan AC40 Deluxe is a deceptively simple amplifier that is capable of producing a myriad of early-'60s British tones, but that is just the beginning. The switchable EF86 tube helps to make the r... Click To Read More About This Product
The Morgan AC40 Deluxe is a deceptively simple amplifier that is capable of producing a myriad of early-'60s British tones, but that is just the beginning. The switchable EF86 tube helps to make the range of tones from the cleanest of EL84 chime to ferocious high gain growl. The power level control allows you to dial in just the right amount of volume without sacrificing your tone the way some master volumes do.
The AC40 Deluxe was created to solve modern guitar player amplifier issues with the ability to stay true to vintage tonality. It is equally at home in the studio or on the stage. It can be seen on the stages of superstars like Jeff Tweedy, Mike Landau, Josh Smith and Kirk Fletcher.
Plug into the AC40 Deluxe and you will instantly notice the familiar chime and compression of the Class A EL84-driven output section. The amplifier' extreme touch-sensitivity will allow you to coax clean tones even at the highest of gain settings. To quote Keith Armstrong (Chief Engineer at Mix LA) œIt is impossible to get a bad sound out of this amp!
The Power Level control is a big part of the magic. Most guitarists today have spent large sums of money and even more amounts of time working on their pedal boards. Most pedals are not designed to be used with a tube amp on œ1. They were designed to interact with the amplifier at or near the point at which it begins to break up. That is why an overdrive pedal is called an œover drive. It is driving the amp over that point. Unfortunately that volume can be too loud for most live applications. The Power Level control on the AC40 Deluxe solves this. Think of conventional master volumes as a spigot on a garden hose, they choke off the signal to the power section of the amp to a usable level. Most conventional master volumes also affect the way your pedals interact with your amp. The Power Level control behaves like a zoom lens. It limits the size of the output signal that can be produced by the output tubes. It does NOT choke the signal down and therefore behaves identical as if the amp were running at full volume. This means that you can choose the power that you need, anything from 1/2 of a watt to 40 watts.
The AC40 Deluxe uses 3 separate switches to give you all of the original early '60s EL84 tonalities, Normal, Brilliant and EF86. Never has such a deceptively simple amp had so many tonal options.
Handwired in the USA.
Joe Morgan has been building, modifying and repairing amplifiers since 1996. His designs are seen in stadiums and arenas all over the world. It is hard to turn on a music awards show without seeing his products. Joe designs for the working musician, whether that means a Sunday morning church gig or touring the world with James Taylor.
Joe will be the first to tell you that tube amps are not rocket science (Joe was part of the engineering team that developed the first GPS satellites). Tube amps are only as good as their components and Morgan chooses the best of the best. Engineered with custom designed Mercury Magnetics transformers to provide the best possible sonic signature they also provide him with the confidence to offer a limited lifetime warranty.
Maximum wattage: 26W“50W; 40W
Tube or solid State: Tube/valve
Number of preamp tubes: 3
Preamp tube type: 12AX7/ECC83; EF86
Number of power tubes: 4
Power tube type: EL84
Power attenuation: Yes Attenuation knob
Number of channels: 1
Footswitchable: Not Applicable
Number of inputs: 1
Channel 1: Three-band EQ, plus gain
Channel 2: Not applicable
Channel 3: Not applicable
Channel 4: Not applicable
Master volume: Yes
Voicing control: No
Other: Bass cut EF86/12AX7 switch
MIDI control: No
Footswitch included: No
Effects loop: No
Footswitchable: Not applicable
External speaker output: Yes; 8, 16 ohms
Headphone output: No
Direct output: No
AUX input: No
USB connectivity: No
Built-in tuner: No
Weight: 30 lb.
Country of origin: U.S.A.
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Comments about Morgan Amplification AC40 Deluxe 40W Tube Guitar Head:
Great EL84 sound. Closest to Vox AC30 clone than all the others.
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