Morgan Shadow Verb and New Message Boards

It’s the little things in guitar tone. New strings make more of a difference than mahogany or walnut. New tubes make more of a difference than Celestion or Eminence. And rolling off the mix on your delay pedal can make everyone think you’re playing a boutique one.

The Morgan Shadow Verb is just along those same lines. It has one knob. It doesn’t do much. But what it does do? Wow. I bought it because it’s rare, discontinued, and the little ‘M’ logo on the front lights up. (I have a thing for gear that falls into those three categories.) I had no idea what it was going to do, or how many controls it was going to have. So when I pulled it out of the box, I was a bit disappointed. I’m looking for something to stretch me a little bit on the ambient side of things, and this pedal is not it. I plugged it in, did a quick test, and my suspicions were confirmed.

So before I sold it, I figured I may as well do a quick demo for the blog. And…uh…well let’s put it this way. I have almost completely moved out of the ‘having always on pedals’ thing. And this pedal…might end up being always on. This is a brilliant, simple, and gorgeous little spring reverb pedal. And Morgan’s amps aren’t bad sounding either. Very Divided by 13-like. He’s a Huntington Beach area builder down in my neck-ish of the woods area. Morgan Amplification.

The Demo

Godin Strat–>Matchless HC30–>65 Amps can with Celestion Blue mic’d up

Morgan Shadow Verb. That’s all I know. Don’t know if it’s digital or analog, analog dry path or not, or even if it’s supposed to sound like this. I do know that it wants more than 100mA of power. I suppose I could’ve just waited and posted this after Joe at Morgan Amplification answers my email, but that gives me less to joke around about.

Just beautifully adds that 3rd or 4th dimension that every tonehead talks about. And doesn’t drop your volume, even with the depth turned all the way up. Very rare for a reverb pedal, in my experience. It’s an addition to your tone, without killing the clean tone you’ve worked so hard for. And it lights up, reflects sunlight off it’s mirrored finish, and reflects all your other blinking lights off the rest of its loveliness. What more could you want?

But you might want more. Especially in the more ambient/drone department…so those are coming. But for now, I give you……message boards where pictures actually work! And videos! The message boards were getting really good response, so I made better ones. Well, actually, ‘actual’ ones. They’re under the Forum heading up top. The old ones will still be up for a while; you can link to them through the ‘About’ page. And the Brig demo is coming…just spending some quality time with it first, so that the demo doesn’t end up being an hour long as I fumble over my words (and my love).

Splendid.
Karl.

23 thoughts on “Morgan Shadow Verb and New Message Boards

  1. nice reverb … love it when you had the knob between 1-2 o’clock :)

    and yes, we are waiting for your Brigadier review. If you have not tried the oscillation thing (pressing bypass & holding it), you should give it a try. i love that thing when i had one :)

  2. Rhoy–cool, man! I’ll be sure to put that in the demo. And ya, this reverb very much surprised me!

    Art–ya, I was messing with some settings, and that was a left over artifact. Hit refresh, and it should right itself. If not, then you might not to clear your cache. Sorry about that!

    Matt Corn–thanks, bro. I’ve moved to mic’ing for all my videos. And I was the same way…very pleasantly surprised. Not actually sure I’m going to sell it now, which was the plan. haha

  3. Sounds nice. Good timing on this post – how did you know i’m in need of reverb. Someone stop me – i’m looking into the Boss RVs. :)

    What did this reverb cost ya, Karl?

  4. tight, thanks for review. Interestingly enough, that’s about what I find the RV’s for (Around 120, i think). seems like this one has a more natural sound to it.

  5. Ya, this one is a good deal more natural. It’s very amp-like, and good for just that classic amp reverb. For more ambient applications, well…hehe obviously it wasn’t built for that. :)

  6. Ya, they’re discontinued, so you’d need to find one used. I found mine on Gear Page. Harmony Central or SoCal craigslist might have some, too. If not, they pop up from time to time. You could also email Joe at Morgan Amps and try to convince him to make some more. ;)

  7. Nater2d–oh, cool. The only one I tried was noisy…but this was years ago. Maybe I’ll try one out again! Thanks!

    Kevin–let’s see…tape delay setting, mix at around 8-9 o’clock, repeats at 3 o’clock, tone rolled back to 10 0′clock, time on quarter notes at 267 bpm. :)

    Brandon–not sure yet. I might give it a live test run. But I’ll let you know! :)

  8. Nope, no practicing. Just decided to finally do a second take. ;) hehe There’s a lot of demo’s online now; I gotta keep up!

    But in all seriousness, thanks…I appreciate it.

  9. Nice review and demo :-) As the previous owner of this pedal and an owner of 2 Morgan amps, I agree with your review. It’s a great pedal for what it does. I love how Joe’s stuff is so simple yet enjoyable and wonderful sounding. I just didn’t have much need for it my setup, especially since my new Morgan amp has onboard reverb.

  10. Hey good to hear from ya, bro! Ya, I was totally surprised at this little pedal. Thanks for the sale, and hope all goes great with your other Morgan stuff! :)

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