Steve plays a Music Man Steve Morse signature guitar. The history of this unique instrument goes back to Steve's college days. During that time, Steve crafted a guitar for himself, combining the elements for his ideal instrument: a Fender Telecaster body, Stratocaster neck, Gibson Tune-o-matic bridge, a set of Gibson frets, a 12-string tailpiece (make unknown), and a group of pickups (also unknown). He called it the Frankenstein Telecaster, and constantly revised and improved it over the years. In 1986, Steve was approached by Musicman to collaborate on creating a production model. This guitar has since expanded to several models, and over 50 choices and combinations of finishes.
Steve's pickups are the DiMarzio DP200 Bridge and DiMarzio DP205 Neck models. They were custom-designed by him and the team at DiMarzio, and are the inception of Steve's diverse, signature sounds. Created in tandem, the pick-ups respond with aggressive mid-range bite in the bridge, a smooth counterpoint on the neck, and harmonic synergy when engaged simultaneously.
Steve's amp is the new production model Steve Morse Special Signature 100 from ENGL, debuting in September, 2008. It's design reflects Steve's lifelong quest for perfect tone, and many years performing with ENGL amplifiers. His goal was an amp that could inspire, create, and project his signature sounds the diverse genres Steve is renown for exploring: rock, fusion, jazz, metal, and more. In addition, it needed to handle Steve's demanding touring schedule with Deep Purple, the Steve Morse Band, and other shows. The result reflects over a year of close work between Steve, his Guitartech Michael Berger, the Engl Team and renown amp designer Horst Langer; the result is a sound Steve can truly call his own.